Kiwi Dreams - Europe & Morocco 2014

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by young1, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    Greetings from New Zealand fellow inmates.

    Introductions first - we are Michael and Leanne (this shot taken in Bangladesh in 2012);
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    Our home town is New Plymouth in New Zealand, an awesome little town on the coast and in the shadow of Mount Taranaki;
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    Our province is home to some wonderful adventure riding routes with lots of gravel, back country tunnels etc
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    We do welcome visitors and you will find us listing in the Tent space listings if you are coming our way.

    We have been planning a trip to Europe for some time but nearly came unstuck when my employer could not match the 8 weeks leave that Leanne had approved. So I have I resigned and am taking the opportunity to travel for 14 weeks.

    Two weeks today I fly to London where our 990ADV is waiting for us. I then have two weeks to ride to Lisbon where Leanne is flying into. From there we have 8 weeks to travel to Morocco, across Spain into France, do some of the high Alpine passes, finishing up with some time off the bike in Italy prior to Leanne heading home from Rome.

    "KT" left New Zealand in March
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    As some of you may have seen in the trip planning forum I then have 4 weeks to get back to London and plan to do that via Greece, Albania, Poland etc etc.

    We have already arranged to meet, stay with and ride with some of you and hope to meet many more.

    We will try and keep this thread up to date as we travel as we have many family members and friends keen to follow our adventures (and yes I will be looking for a job in August….).

    Kiwi Mike
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  2. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Subscribed Mike ... looking forward to some Kiwi bedtime reading :clap:clap

    Best to you and Leanne for a great trip

    Cheers Andi
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  3. RobZorba

    RobZorba Been here awhile

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    Thanks a lot Mike, look forward to riding with you in Greece and Albania!
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  4. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    This is where we want to go. It is a guide only and if we find somewhere we really like we might stay longer. My route back through Germany is still work in progress. Appreciate any comments / tips etc

    3 May Michael depart New Zealand UK
    4 May Arrive London UK
    5 May London UK
    6 May London UK
    7 May Bike pick up and depart via Euro tunnel and Dunkirk to Bailleul France (close to Ypres for Menin Gate ceremony)
    8 May Bailleul to Le Havre France
    9 May Le Mans via Normanby beaches & mont St Michel France
    10 May Le Mans Museum, track and town to Tours France
    11 May Tours to Saint Emilion (Lilbourne) France
    12 May San Sebastian Spain
    13 May San Sebastian (day off) Spain
    14 May Covarrubias Spain
    15 May Salamanca Spain
    16 May Evora Portugal
    17 May Lisbon (Leanne arrives from New Zealand) Portugal
    18 May Lisbon Portugal
    19 May Lisbon Portugal
    20 May Lisbon Portugal
    21 May Lisbon Portugal
    22 May Seville Spain
    23 May Seville (day off) Spain
    24 May Tarifa Spain
    25 May Fez Morocco
    26 May Fez (day off - city tour) Morocco
    27 May Fez (day off) Morocco
    28 May Er Rachidia Morocco
    29 May Merzouga Morocco
    30 May Boulmalne Dades Morocco
    31 May Ait Benhaddou Morocco
    1 June Marrakesh (catch up?) Morocco
    2 June Essaouira Morocco
    3 June Essaouira
    4 June Azemmour Morocco
    5 June Asilah Morocco
    6. June Granada (via Gibraltar) Spain
    7. June Granada Spain
    8. June Valencia Spain
    9. June Valencia Spain
    10 June Valencia Spain
    11. June Valencia Spain
    12. June Tarragon Spain
    13. June Collioure France
    14. June. Nimes France
    15 June Nice France
    16 June Nice spare day (bike service?) France
    17 June Nice spare day France
    18 June Barcelonnette France
    19 June Alpe de Huez France
    20 June Bourg Saint Maurice France
    21 June Lausanne Switzerland
    22 June Lauterbrunnen Switzerland
    23 June Lauterbrunnen (day off - train trip) Switzerland
    24 June Chur Switzerland (via KTM dealer for brake pads)
    25 June Bolzano Italy
    26 June Venice Italy
    27 June Venice Italy
    28 June Venice Italy
    29 June Riomaggiore (Cinque de Terre) Italy
    30 June Riomaggiore (Cinque de Terre) Italy
    1 July Riomaggiore (Cinque de Terre) Italy
    2 July Florence Italy via Ducati museum
    3 July Florence Italy
    4 July Florence Italy
    5 July Florence Italy
    6 July Rome Italy
    7 July Rome Italy
    8 July Rome Italy
    9 July Rome Italy
    10 July Leanne returns to New Zealand, Michael overnight ferry Bari / Igoumenitsa Greece
    11 July Perama (via Meteora and Dodona) Greece
    12 July iuoannina, Vikos Gorge, Monodendri, Kakavia, overnight Lake Butrint Albania
    13 July Butrint, Vrine to Gjirokastra Albania
    14 July Berat Albania
    15 July Ohrid Macedonia
    16 July Skopje (via National Park) Macedonia
    17 July Peje (or Pec?) Kosova
    18 July Petrovak Montenegro
    19 July Dubrovnik (via Kotor) Croatia
    20 July Dubrovnik (day off)
    21 July Sarajevo Bosnia
    22 July Split (via Mostar and Valley of River Cestina) Crostia
    23 July Split (day off)
    24 July Zagreb
    25 July Zagreb Croatia
    26 July Budapest via Lake Balatan Hungary
    27 July Bratislava Slovakia
    28 July Krakow Poland
    29 July Krakow
    30 July Wroclaw Poland
    31 July Berlin Germany
    1 August Berlin
    2 August Munster
    3 August Bruge Belgium
    4 August Eurotunnel to England and Brighton
    5 August Oxford UK
    6 August Oxford UK (bike to shipping agent)
    7 August Oxford
    8 August Michael depart London UK
    10 August Arrive home
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  5. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    Quite the itinerary mate, I look forward to following along
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  6. Libertynh

    Libertynh Adventurer

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    We will be less than two weeks behind you for a one week tour out of Nice which is looking like a day trip in comparison. Takes me days just to plan that. Hats off. Looks like a fantastic adventure. Subscribed.
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  7. bavarian

    bavarian bavarian

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    That's quite a bite you are taking. If you don't count the rest/sightseeing/shopping days with your better half - what's the average distance you have planned per day? E.g. Prague to Heidelberg is 500 km on the autobahn. Doable of course but fun on a bike??
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  8. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    cruising the Bangladesh Riviera?
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  9. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    Not quite.....

    (In all honesty most probably a far more exciting place than the Riviera!)
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  10. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Bavarian.

    It is a guide only and I have tried to keep the kilometres down (I have a spreadsheet with each days kilometres listed. I think there are six days with 400 + kilometres, three of them we will be two up but on two of those days we have a day off the bike the following day and for the other there is a short day the following day and then a day off). It is going to be interesting at the end of the trip to see where we actually ended up!

    To get between regions we will need to go on the autostradas / autobahns etc for a while.

    I haven't really looked at distances too closely for the end of the trip as I do have a couple of spare days at the end so may stop somewhere else in Germany. 500 km on the autobahn won't be the most exciting (seeing fast cars going past might be!) but is doable

    Kiwi Mike
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  11. Marta-GS

    Marta-GS Discovering the world

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    Hi young1,

    Living in Switzerland and I should be home on the 20-21st of June.

    I'll keep an eye on this RR to see when you guys are around, would be nice to meet for a coffee/bier (depending on the time of the day :D)

    Safe travels!
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  12. Bendernz

    Bendernz Torrential

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    I'm in. I enjoy a ride report written with a Kiwi accent.
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  13. RobZorba

    RobZorba Been here awhile

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    Hi Mike,

    I wish you and Leanne safe travels as you set off from NZ this week. Look forward to meet you and ride with you 11th to 14th July in Greece / Albania.

    Best regards,
    Rob
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  14. iny46

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    Hi Mike

    strong routes in your iternerary

    I will follow you here in the RR

    You should have some more days in Germany and visit me.

    Best regards to Leanne and You

    Andreas
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  15. EvasionDreams

    EvasionDreams n00b

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    Hi Mike,

    I wish you a great trip and am looking forward to reading your adventures.

    I see that you worked out the plan already but in case you still have some questions about Switzerland (and to a some extend about Poland, especially Krakow area), I will be glad to help.

    Cheers mate!
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  16. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Looks like quite a trip in store your you! Excellent! I greatly admire your decision to leave your job in order to make this dream come true. All the best --can't wait for the next installment!:clap
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  17. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately so many places to visit and so little time....... But who knows :-)

    Would be good to see your town Andreas.

    Kiwi Mike
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  18. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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  19. Micawberism

    Micawberism Been here awhile

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    Jacket, pants and boots for an airplane ride? Taking ATGATT a bit far Mike :D Safe travels :clap
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  20. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    Boots and pants are with the bike in London, unfort no room for my jacket in the bag. By the way the tank bag makes a good carry on bag :-)

    Thanks Colin
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