Life Begins at 40?

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by DeeGee, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    So here I am just about to celebrate my big four oh. They (whoever "they" actually are :dunno) say that life begins at forty, so I'll let you know over the coming weeks, months maybe years.

    Just to tie in a couple of previous ride reports as I'll probably update this thread and try keep it going. After reading many reports here and getting some inspiration I finally got the balls to venture off on the bike abroad with the missus. The travelling is very addictive as we've done it every year since. First one here and the second one here.


    Here's the plan; We (the missus and I) have got the channel tunnel booked for 15.10 tomorrow afternoon 13/08/09 and we're heading east and making tracks to an ex-pat friend who now lives in Bulgaria, just outside Sofia.

    Here's a rough route, subject to change :D

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    We have booked no accomodation whatsoever and we'll be camping mostly, I wanted to be something of a free spirit for a couple of weeks and not to be tied down to any deadline other than the ferry we've booked for our return on the 29th August.

    Here's a couple of snaps;

    The steed

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    The his 'n' hers boxes :feelgood

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    And somehow I've got to get the contents of the box on the left into our boxes as well as the clothes :scratch

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    I've currently got 36k miles on the 950 and I've replaced the OEM fuel pump with the facet, I've had a slave cylinder replaced under warranty and I've just fitted this tool tube to carry a few extras, hopefully we'll not be needing them :deal

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    Now you can't go away without a holiday hair cut :wink: Here's my DIY job :D

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    Now a better one

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    And now the missus

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    One more nightshift to work and then we'll be hitting the road. I'll try and update on the road, but if not I'll catch up soon.

    Ciao.

    DG
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  2. zeroland

    zeroland Adventurer

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    Have a good trip... be sure to post pics & updates from internet cafes!
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  3. NickiGS

    NickiGS 09 F650

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    Wow :clap

    Have a blast, look forward to reading the updates !!!
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  4. GB

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    Safe trip! And please take us along in your ride report :thumb

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  5. PerfectStranger

    PerfectStranger Systema Encéphale

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  6. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    Have a great trip!! I am a little envious. I will not get to go to Bulgaria this summer (I grew up on the Black Sea coast). The plan was to go with my wife who hasn't been there yet.

    I'll visit vicariously, so post lots of pictures and have a great time :)
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  7. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    We've done 986 miles in two days, on pretty boring motorway just to rack up the miles, my arse is numb! we spent last night in Leuven, the home of the famous Stella Artois, tonight We're 35 miles from Prague in a tiny village and we've just ordered two steaks. I can't believe how cheap the beer is :thumb Two beers €1.46 which is around a dollar! I think I'll be having a few more. I'll try and get some pics up soon. Prague and maybe Poland tomorrow?
    Be safe DG :D
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  8. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Have a great ride, DeeGee! :thumb
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  9. Bowes

    Bowes Oman Dirty Biker

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    DeeGee, looks like a cracking route, have fun and post more of your adventure. Did some of the places you are going to see. Slovakia is nice and was very cheap pre Euro when I visted last year. Stay safe and enjoy:1drink
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  10. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Nice bike! Looking forward to reading more...
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  11. turkeyman101

    turkeyman101 Navigationally Impaired

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  12. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Just letting you know we're back home safe and sound. We didn't accomplish what we set out to do as we had a problem with the clutch and we lost a couple of days, but more on that later.

    A couple of pics and I'll get some more up soon and get the RR in full swing.

    Jack on the Chunnel

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    And yours truly

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  13. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Right now I've got myself sorted back at home here we go. I was going to take a snapshot of the mileage covered on the satnav, but after the first day I forgot. :huh

    But in total we did 3200 miles and this is how we started.

    First night we covered 456 miles and we stayed in Leuven in Belgium. Not many pics here as I was a little shy of getting the camera out in busy places, but that soon changed as the trip went on as you'll see later :wink:

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    Breakfast

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    Next day we hit the boring motorway to get some miles under our belt and we rode across the rest of Belgium, Germany and into the Czech Republic. The hotel we punched into the satnav wasn't accessable as there was some kind of festival going on in the town centre, the road we were trying to go down was blocked off by the police. We managed to find one though and they charged us €40 for the night including the breakfast and the price of 2 beers was only €1.45 :freaky

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    This Medieval Church was quite an attraction

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    Then it was onto Kutna Hora where another famous Medieval Church was famous for another reason, also known as The Church of Bones

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    Closer

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    All the ornaments and artifacts are all made of bones from the bodies exhumed from the graveyard. The church was supposedly built on holy ground and because of this reason many people from miles around wanted to be buried there, but there was not enough room, so the bodies were exhumed after a period of time and their bones were moved into the church.

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  14. Two

    Two Been here awhile

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    Great pics! :clap

    Subscribed and ready for more :evil
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  15. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Wow. Outstanding. :bow
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  16. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Cheers Guys, plenty more to come :D
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  17. Frgich

    Frgich Been here awhile

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    Hi Gav, nice RR in the making, shame we didn't met for a beer or two :thumb
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  18. evilted

    evilted Been here awhile

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    Love the church photos. Not something you see every day (or ever).



    P.S. If you're like this newly minted forty year old, the grey hairs still don't show up in photos. ;)
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  19. ChubbyThumper

    ChubbyThumper Been here awhile

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    Glad you made it back ok Gav :clap

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  20. tonto

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