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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Jun 20, 2012.
Hum, i'll leave home the 5 august to my summer holydays.
If it before no problem
Well, just leave the key under the mat and the refrigerator stocked with beer.......that should be fine.........ha
Sometimes I think I make this adventure travel look easy. And when things are going well, then it is easy.
But one thing that can make things change quickly us the weather.
And yesterday was a good example.
I had a nice ride heading to Burgundy but the skies continued to darken during the day.
I saw some black clouds and lightning in the direction I was heading. I decided to put on my one piece rain suit......first time since Ecuador. And I am glad I did. It poured.
I ducked in to a McDonalds to check my messages with theiir free wifi and dry off a bit.
Later, it was getting dark and I needed to find a place to sleep.
It was still raining so I didn't want to camp in the open and I didn't want to pay for an expensive hotel room. So I set off riding around the backroads thru the farm lands looking for an old barn that I could take shelter in. after riding around for thirty minutes or so, I found someones garage that was open and empty. I sat there looking at it for a second thinking..........am I really going to sleep in someones garage????
But just then, there was a tremendous flash followed almost instantly by a boom. I popped the clutch and darted in to the garage to get out of the storm.
It was dark at that point.
a dog came out if the house and started barking but I remained still and it went away.
I then ate some dinner and then strung my hammock up in the dry warm single car garage and had a good sleep.
The next morning, I thought for sure that I would be confronted by the owner, but I was packed up and out of there before 7 am.
So I took a chance and it paid off. I stayed dry. All my stuff stayed dry and I got a good nights sleep in someines garage.
Could you would you do that?
After a year if travel in the road and going thru all the things I have, I am sure you would be there right with me.
Now off to taste some yummy pinot noir here in Burgundy.
And if it rains again tonight, guess where I will be sleeping.......lol
If you have a chance would you show us how your are packing gear onto the bike. What are you using to secure the stuff to panniers?
I remember you had some stuff stolen somewhere in South America have you had any more issues or are you able to lock things onto the bike.
Love how you are taking advantage of sleeping in the vineyards, old house on the beach and now a garage!! Rock on. The hammock makes that possible.
What would have been funny is .... when the owner came pulling up to park his car in his garage at about 2 am. :eek1
I started reading this thread Tuesday afternoon at work. i just now got to the last page.
Great story.. i started by just looking at only picks then went back to the first page and read from the beginning much better to read and look at pick.
I would love to make a trip like this happen some day.
i love the different construction styles of this world and like to see how things are done differently from how we do them ( construction material, methods of wiring, plumbing, hvac, devices and fixtures used) my wife says i am dull with what i find interesting
in the 5th gear reverse jajaj
I'm a little sad I'm all caught up on reading about your journey, but I'll keep checking in for more (and will be more productive at work)
Dreams of trips like this are what got me to get a motorcycle again after a few years of just riding scooters. I picked up my F700GS a week ago and next week go on a short tour through the NY Finger Lakes area.
In August I'm doing a ride from NYC to Bar Harbor on the scooter, camping all the way.
Work, money, and being a not so young woman (I don't know how well a woman traveling alone would fare in some places) might keep me from an adventure like this, but not all adventure. Hoping on Vietnam next year with a few friends.
You look at it from a negative stand point.
I saw it this way.......
If the owner came home at 2 am, she would be a 30 year old hot and drunk French woman with a bottle of Grand Cru Burgundy in her hand. And she would say.........why are you sleeping in the garage? Why don't you come inside where it is warm and dry. And help me finish this bottle of DRC.
You will see only positive things will happen by being a woman traveling alone.
So many doors will open for you that you dont see now.
Just be ready for them.
And check the woman traveling alone thru Africa on a moto here on advrider.
She's my hero
Sounds like you need to trade in that old jalopy for a new model and hit the road with her.
My hard cases are of course secure
My backpack is held on by only bungie cords
By yellow waterproof bag has straps and a PAC safe wire mesh around it
And my tank bag is locked to the bike with a cable lock
So far, nothing has been stolen other than things I left out on the bike like my gloves and my waterbag.
If it takes more than a second to steal something it will help keep things safe
This report is in a class of its own!! I finally got caught up
If you're visiting the Moselle vineyards let me know, I'm about an hour north of that. I can barely tell one wine from the other, but I have lots of scotch and Belgian beers. I also have a season pass to the Nordschleife.
Thanks for info.
I am just outside Paris now.
There are so many slow moving caravans on the road now.
The drivers here are very curtious. When you come up on a slower car, a lot of times they will drive on the shoulder to give you room to pass. Just the opposite of Bolivia where they try to kill you. And I think if they did kill you there, they wouldn't stop or care. Kind of like when a bug splats on your windshield.
The motorcyclist are friendly too. Everyone waives.....even the Harley guya.
Looking forward to the Paris-sites.......that is if I ever get past all these travel trailers on the road.
The toll roads are expensive and unlike Spain, you can't just go around the gate. And sometimes they have police there watching.
And speaking of police, they have radar here and they are using it. Everywhere else except Panama, I just follow my own rules. But honestly, my driving hasn't changed much. I am still using the sidewalk to pass cars and disregarding what the center stripe is telling me when it is safe to pass.
I am in Paris now
It is 1 am and I still have no idea where I am spending the night.
I just got here a few hours ago and I am already ready to leave.
I don't like the big cities
Ed, we have never met. I have been able to find out about since you arrived in Spain. It took me a bit to read and catch up. Incredible and amazing. Your honesty is appreciated. No we may not agree on all things, but this is your story. Thank you for sharing it. Congrats on reaching Paris. You have a courageous heart. Stay strong. One day I hope to follow your journey a little less virtually.
So I roll on in to Paris yesterday afternoon.
I follow my GPS to the center of town.
I dont have the city maps in my GPS so I just aim for the checked flag.
I arrive and get off the bike.......now what?
I am here. I dont know anyone and dont know my way around.
So I just started walking.
I checked out the sites for a bit and then started to look for a place to sleep.
Did you know hotels here start at about a hundred bucks a night?
Well I had a crappy $45 dinner with some good beer and then looked around for somewhere to sleep.
It was about 2 am and I just found a spot on the sidewalk to.sleep next to all the other bums. And it was hard to find a good spot because if you are really looking for a good place, either some other bum beat you to it or UT smells like piss and has piss stains all around.
I pull up on the sidewalk and shut off my bike and no more than two seconds pass and I am getting the French Policemans whistle. The two cops walk over to me and said I couldn't park my moto there. I told them that I just wanted to sleep like all the other bums. He said it was no problem, I just needed to move my moto. He even showed me a spot to sleep.
So there I was, sleeping on the sidewalk about a block from Notre Dame.
I slept about three hours until the pigeons woke me up. So classic.
And so classy.
Hopefully never again.
I am sooooo out of here.
But first I want to see a gal named Monalisa..........
Here is a nice campground: http://www.paris-camping.fr/
Boulevard des Alliés
Caught up at last Hope to see you in a few weeks in The Hague.