Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    The pleasure was mine
    I enjoyed my tour of the Rev'it facility and talking with your team.
    Looks like you have some great new products coming on line soon and I will look forward to trying some of them if and when my Defender suit ever wears out. For now, I am still loving it.
    And sorry for thinking all this time you were a man.
    This picture should prove otherwise.
    Stay in touch

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    Is Amsterdam the coolest town in the world?
    It might just be.
    It has that old Europe charm. Canals for streets like Venice. And let's not forget the girls in the Red Light district.
    Plus if you are in to doper, you can smoke a fat one in a coffee shop there.
    The smoking part didn't interest me but looking at all the girls certainly did.
    I think I have made it clear that I hate shopping. Maybe that is one reason why I am not a fan of walking the streets in the downtown area of any big town. It's mostly just a bunch of shops selling the same old crap and clothes.
    But in Amsterdam, there are girls for sale.........and some are really cute too. Lots of Russian and Eastern Europeans. Fun window shopping
    Here's how it all works:
    They sand behind a glass door on the street wearing a bikini and they are all dancing, winking and waving at you trying to entice you to come in. As far as I could tell, the going rate was $50 for about 15 minutes. And that seemed to be bargain for the quality there.
    I can honestly say I have never had sex with a hooker but I also have to say it was little tempting. It is something that you have to see to believe.
    Sorry no pictures of the girls but here is a picture riding in to the city of a million bicycles

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  3. flyingdutchman177

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    In France, I tried the wine
    In Belgium, I tried the beer
    In Amsterdam, I didn't try the women but I did do something else that was kind of out of my character. I tried some space cake. Space cake is the same as hash brownies. Or a brownie with pot in it.
    And I can honestly say that I have never smoked or tried pot before.......EVER!
    But when in Rome (or in this case Amsterdam), I tried a Space Cake. You can buy some in any coffee shop and it is completely legal.
    The guy that sold it to me recommended that I eat half, wait and hour to see how it affects me and eat the other half if so desired. Well, I wolfed down the whole brownie in about 30 seconds.
    I had met my good friend Jim there (see page 3 and 4 of my blog).
    It just so happened that Jim was in Amsterdam that week and we met up for dinner, beers and some Space Cake for dessert.

    I am not sure what I was expecting from the Space cake, but I was hoping for something more than I got.
    I thought I would think everything was funny. I was expecting to do some really stupid things. But all I got was dizzy. And spacy.
    And I had trouble thinking straight.
    It was not a good feeling. I wasn't any more happy. And I doubt I will ever do it again.
    I think I will stick with beer and wine.
    Yeah, sure, my favorite beers and wines are more expensive than a $5 Space Cake, but I found out that pot is not for me

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    If you haven't done cabo before, you have to go.
    And besides, if you only go half way, you will always have the desire to complete the whole trip
    The ride to cabo has to be one of the best week long motorcycle trips in the world. Take your time and enjoy yourself.
    But if you have less time, I have made it from the border to sipping on a beer in Cabo San Lucas in 12 and a half hours on my motorcycle.
    Yes, that is correct........about half a day. Do the math. It was nuts.
    Then Google Cabo 1000 and learn about a crazy unsanctioned motorcycle race from the border to cabo.
    That's how I started
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    Stopping at Westmalle brewery for some dubbel and triple

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    Right now I am staying with a nice family just south of Amsterdam.
    They contacted me thru my blog when they found out that I was going to be in the area.

    The husband and wife team rode a pair of BMW GS 1200 Adventure bikes from Alaska to the tip of South America last year.

    We have been chatting and comparing stories.

    And they have been taking great care of me with some good home cooking

    Thank you so much:clap

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    Yum
    Home made Paella

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    And he has a great workshop too
    I changed the engine and transmission oil, cleaned the air filters, put on a new back tire and balanced the front.
    ready to put some miles on

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    Plus I opened up this baby today.
    As you know, most beer should be consumed fresh.
    But some beer can age.
    The blue Chimay is one of those beers.
    The boss at Chimay gave me this beer.
    I will never forget what he said when he handed it to me.

    He said........"I am giving this beer to you because it is so expensive that you probably could not afford it"

    What did it taste like you ask.
    To me, it tasted like a blue Chimay without any of the normal sharpness. It was very mellow and subdued.
    It is also had a little coco note that I liked.
    It was an honor and a great experience to sample such a beer.
    Thank you

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    No plans for the UK on this trip but I would like to do the isle of man one day
  11. flyingdutchman177

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    Here I come
    Denmark will be my 27th country so far.
    But I have a long way to go.
    Monkey butt for sure awaits me
    I need to put in some miles as I need to get up Norway and down thru Finland before it starts snowing.
    Ciao for now
  12. Travelin

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    Ed

    Amsterdam is amazing, and Brugge is one of my favorite cities.....

    If you have a chance, there is amazing scenery if you take a bicycle and ride out from the city and into the countryside. You can go to Edam, Volendam and all along the seaside on a bicycle...with a basket and stop for food, wine, and "argh", shopping :)

    I loved it there, and have been twice. I was there the last time on Queens Day...quite the party!

    Stay safe, and keep enjoying your travels....:)

  13. BruceT

    BruceT Been here awhile

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    Lalo,greetings from the Not so Frozen North!..the West Coast of British Columbia.
    We have Canada's only desert is 3 hours travel from the Fraser Valley which is home to some amazing wines.My wife's nephew has a vineyard in Osoyoos B.C which is home to a most amazing Syrah,that is vinted by Moon Cursor Vineyards.
    So much to refute the popular misnomer that the 49th parallel is the boundry between palapas and igloos,we have great wines and micro breweries here.
    A '99 Blue Chimay,you lucky dawg.....the wines that you have sampled in your journey are a treat,and I can't read enough,my wine fridge list grows with every post!
    I have enjoyed your ramblings and photos,and the gratuitus bikini shots(sorry had to).
    Ah the beers,Urquell,Faxe,Grolsche,Dab.....
    Safe travels...ride on!

    bruce
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    mikecbrxx Been here awhile

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    Lalo

    Sent you a couple PM's about Norway, but just looked at the Nordkapp site and it appears you should get there before 1st September really as there is significantly reduce opening from then.

    Mike
  15. Marius356

    Marius356 back on Africa Twin!

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    Hey Lalo,

    just sent you a PM.

    Since you have to use either our Elbtunnel or the Elbbr├╝cken (bridges over the river Elbe) to reach Scandivia, you should stop by and have a look.

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    (brewery not shown on picture above, but there is one right behind our town-house which is the second pinnacle from the left :lol3)
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    Voyager II Been here awhile

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    Excellent trip! You’ve resurrected many great memories in the last several days. We spent a couple years living in the vicinity of the Mosel Valley in Germany. My wife loved the wine, I loved the beer. Strangely enough, the 600 bottles we shipped back to the states are all gone now. :freaky
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    i guess if your going to hang with monks your going to be blessed :D
    my problems started when i read Neil Pearts book ( Ghost Rider ) that started the scotch (McCallan)
    Then picked up a bottle of Cava de Oro (dame i like tequila know)
    then i read your report about all the wines ( yes i found the folding stem wine glass ) been hitting that stuff.
    today picked up some different beers to sample.
    but the wife says NO to HOOKER and DRUGS :rofl
    enjoying you trip, keep it up. Im going to sober up and go for a ride.
  18. flyingdutchman177

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    I sped thru the rest of the Netherlands.
    Raced thru northern Germany.
    Ripped on thru Denmark with a stop off at Copenhagen.
    And now I am dashing thru Sweden slowing down just enough to enjoy all the beautiful women here.
    And I am heading to Oslo Norway this afternoon.
    Then to the fiords for some hiking and back in to the Arctic once again.
    I will post pics once I slow down a bit.
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    Jick Magger Exile on Main Street

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    Ed

    Just finished catching up on your ride report. What a great job you have done posting photos and writing about your experience. Composing the report is more work than people realize. In the photos above you are right in my backyard in the Okanagan Valley. I have made some notes on your wine tastings so if i can source them out i will be sure to try them. Keep your travels going and i look forward to the outcome of your love connection. She appears to be a lovely and adventurous lady with a great attitude. Keep on making your own luck. Stay open to whatever comes your way. Thanks for sharing the trip. :freaky
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    I got up at the crack of noon on Sunday.
    My hosts in the Netherlands made me another delicious breakfast and I got on my way......heading north.
    Saying good bye for now. But maybe I will see them again on the road somewhere in this world

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