Sauerkraut & Tofuwurst - Vegan bikers trotting the globe

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  1. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Chapter II - A New Beginning or A dog and a vegan dude on a sidecar across the rest of the world

    A long time ago in May2013 a Finnish/German couple started together with their three dogs to ride around the world on their motorbikes. They rode together about 70000km through 38 countries across 4 continents. Tragedy happened when Hertta died late 2014 in the US. A major turning point was Costa Rica where Skippy decided to release Lyra and Ulpu from their anxiety of traveling in the sidecar. Instead we would get a car for the girls in Colombia and they could go on their own. Consequently Skippy sold her Suzi in Costa Rica. Wolfi did not want to go alone and so Peto joined as a travel companion for him.

    The journey continued for a little while with all being packed and loaded onto the sidecar. In Colombia we found a car for Skippy and Lyra & Ulpu. However a short while later we admitted that Lyra's travel days seemed to be over. Skippy sold the car and went back to Europe.

    Wolfi & Peto continue with the sidecar through South America. On this blog and channel you will be able to follow Wolfi & Peto on their adventure, the up's and down's and how they manage now on their own without their cook, without Skippy, Lyra and Ulpu as travel companions.

    Stay tuned for more travelogues, pictures, reports, pet & bike friendly accommodation hints, detailed tracks, border crossing stories and more.

    If you want to follow the girls you need to tune in into her youtube channel (raw on the road).

    Get to know us in our family, read more about happenings and events in our blog, see what bikes we ride, and what gadgets and equipment we have. Our actual track can be found here.

    During our journey we are promoting a "cruelty free world". We will do so by helping animal shelters and sanctuaries. More to come on this topic...

    UPDATE 15July2015: I think this new post format takes a bit hit on the look and feel of our posts. First of all all old videos seems to have vanished because html is no longer allowed. Also it seems that many links have been lost. I might be able to fix this over time but it will take time.

    All our videos are either on our Youtube channel (some are also in vimeo - mostly for German users) and the best way to find them is via our main website: www.sauerkraut-tofuwurst.com

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    We are a German-Finnish couple with dogs as our children. Biking together since 2006! :) We left our home in Lohja/Finland and are without a permanent address as of now. Our home is there where our bikes are.

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    We already maintained our blog (www.sauerkraut-tofuwurst.com) for about one year before the start. Feel free to read about the preparations and planning as well as more details about the sidecar.

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    Meet the family
    Wolfgang / Wolfi


    • Born in Saarland, Germany and emigrated '93
    • I like good food ("Hauptsach gudd gess") and dark beer
    • My favorite sport is Ju-Jutsu and related weapons
    • Engineer and main mechanic in the family
    • Love to build things (can now spend my energy in the sidecar project and learning to fix our bikes)
    • A topic which is close to my heart reveals in me cheer unlimited amount of energy and enthusiasm (warning: energy level might be hazardous to others)
    • Vegetarian since 2009, vegan since 2010

    Ilta a.k.a. Satu, Skippy & mamma

    • Finnish from nationality, but not really a traditional Finn... Fluent in English and German goes rather well
    • Karate is one of my biggest passions and has been basically my lifestyle since 1992! First decade Goyuryu and now Wadoryu
    • Love all sorts of other sports too, like running, swimming and dancing, just can't stay still for too long...
    • Vegetarian/vegan since 1999 and 80/10/10 low fat raw vegan since 03/2013
    • Biking license got on September 2006 and instantly bought my Suzi, which was love at first sit! <3
    • Kind of a hippie, a bit artistic, musical and a real film geek ;)
    • The cook in the family! Love inventing new recipes, especially raw food stuff :)
    • Passionate gardener and will try to invent someways to do it on the road as well...

    Hertta
    • Poodle mix
    • born about 2000 - 21.11.2014, rescued to our family in 2011
    • about 11kg
    • half blind and most likely half deaf also, but absolutely adorable!
    • mom's guardian :)
    • loves pillows!
    • snores as hell!
    • loves carrots, turnips, beetroots, apples... A real vegetarian by nature!

    Lyra
    • Bichon Frise-Miniature Poodle mix
    • born 2005
    • about 5kg
    • the great 'lumberjack'!
    • loves to hunt leaves
    • indoors only balls are fine toys!
    • apples and pears are great delicacies

    Ulpu
    • Toy Poodle
    • born 2008
    • about 1.5kg
    • frisbee geek, the bigger the better!
    • the boss of the gang, eventhough is the smallest!
    • makes cat and chicken noises :)
    Peto
    • Terrier mix
    • born about 2014 and we adopted him 2015
    • about 4.5kg
    • Ball freak, jumps like a gazelle
    • the man in the house
    • curled tai

    Our bikes

    Suzuki V-Strom DL650 (sold in Costa Rica)
    The bike is from year 2004 and has abt. 68.000km on the odometer.

    Following extras, modifications & add-ons:
    - Lower saddle (came with the bike)
    - Jesse luggage Odyssey II (www.jesseluggage.com)
    - Givi topcase
    - Watercooler protection (Touratech)
    - Reusable stainless steel oilfilter (www.scottsonline.com)
    - Reusable airfilter (K&N)
    - Engine guard (Suzuki)
    - Oil cooler guard (Touratech)
    - Crash bars

    Other stuff:

    A huge thanks to all of you nice folks who let us stay at your place! You are always welcome to our home (once we found one again)!

    We would like to thank our contributors:

    Thomas D.
    Stuart B.
    Ismo A.
    Tracy B. and Kirk A. - thank you very much for donating spareparts for the V-Strom after Skippy's accident!
    Kari W.
    Deborah K.
    Island BMW
    Brett S.
    davebig - thanks for the muffler
    Colleen
    Brett S.
    Rajiv S.
    Jussi V.
    Chris D.
    Louise C.
    Leena B.

    Buy us some bananas, gas for the bikes or food for the dogs via paypal or patreon.

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    Enjoy the reading.
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  2. kuhjunge

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    It was 2AM at the third of May 2013. The normally silent night was disturbed by the noise of a Beamer motorbike riding in the dark. It was me – Wolfi, transporting the last pieces of trash to the trash container. There I got my long desired chance (issue on my to-do list) to test the newly installed HID50 Xenon lights (and they are bright!).

    The night went away and dawn was coming. Still plenty of hassling at this idyllic place which we called home. It was 3AM now and finally I was able to finish packing SilberWolf. With three extra roll bags, I was able to stuff all those things on the bike. It looked like we had far too much stuff with. On the other hand, some of the building work needed to be postponed to later when we anyway do changes to the sidecar. Therefore a few extra parts and components found their way into our luggage.

    It felt very cold outside and the meter showed -2C. Ice started to form on the roll bags. It was a bit after 4AM. At 6AM we must wake up to catch our ferry which departed 0915. Better sleep fast if this was possible at all with this amount of adrenalin in our systems. The alarm clock on my mobile was ringing at 6AM sharp and we got out of our sleeping place. Half in trance, we packed the remaining items and moved some stuff nicely away (remember, we sell our house and it should be tidy enough). The last bag of trash was put on the bike, it was 0715, we closed the door to our (soon to be ex-) house and we were ready to GO-GO.

    Then Skippy asked me to give her her bike keys (those for the side cases and top case) back. Mmmmhh – which bike keys please?? I did not have any bike keys! Taking a deeeeep breath. OK - they were either inside the house in case of which, our real estate agent would need to ship them to us. In worst case, they were in some of the clothes which went to trash last night. Great! None could do and since we still had another set of keys somewhere, we would use those. Let's go now – the ferry was waiting.

    Skippy asked me then where I had put the dog leashes. I said, that I did not have them as I thought she had them. A quick look inside the house and ... Oh NOOOOOO – ALL leashes, I mean ALL of them were inside the house. The three which were adjustable in length and the two with a fixed length. Per**** Saa**** V**** Sch****!!!!! I rushed to my shed and found some 8m of polyester rope. That must do until we will find a better solution. Let's go now – the ferry was waiting.

    Since we were in a real hurry, I decided not to fix the trash bag (it was a big 240l one) on my bike and ... of course ... it did indeed fell down when I drove up the steep hill. ENOUGHHHH of this nonsense, I wanted to GO-GO and instead, now I needed to go back to get another one in order to collect our items away from the street. And BTW, where was Skippy? I thought she kept a little bit too big distance as we were in a hurry. Anyway I went back home, passed the trash pile and there she was standing: Her bike did not start. AAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!

    We tried to push it – no help. We had no car anymore neither a single extra battery to jump-start the bike. Neither do we have a jumper cable anymore (we gave all those things away). I changed the original battery on the SilberWolf to a car battery. This one is well hidden, which would mean that if I want to get there, I needed to take two rolls down, the two huge Zarges boxes and all the other stuff which was now hanging there in between. No way. Thinking hard what to do as one can expect that at 7AM in the morning without breakfast and only 2 hours sleep.

    I did not have any kind of thicker cable anymore in the shed since I threw away all cables a few hours ago (I did a thorough cleaning!). Frustration came up. Inhale ... exhale! The clock was ticking and the time to catch our ferry was getting less and less. Then I though I could use the connection cable which was meant for my winch. Lucky me it was in one of the rolls, therefore easy to get and not deeply buried in the sidecar. So I took the part which you connect to the battery and connected the cable to the battery. Good attempt. I then realized that since I have three cables connected to minus, the screw is too short to reach the bolt at the battery. Exactly for this purpose I installed the small emergency tool box. It has easier access instead of digging tools from my huge tool box within the sidecar. So I took a small allen key to lift the nut a little and the bolt could reach again.


    My emergency tool box for quick fixes (operation manual container for tractor)

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    Then I took out my Leatherman, connected the cable ends. I cut the winch connection cable and un-isolated both ends. Where does one get fastest access to +12V high-power connection point? Right – at the starter motor. One tiny screw and the starter motor cover was removed and BINGO.


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    When holding one cable end on the plus and the other on chassis, I said to Skippy: try to start now and brummmm, the Suzi went on like nothing was ever wrong in this world (I think this SAITO battery does not like cold and freezing weather, it seems to loose its capacity to such an extend that it becomes useless). Now quickly the cover back, put tools away, got another trashbag, collected the trash from our street, brought it away and hit the road. The ferry was waiting.

    After an “accelerated” ride to Helsinki and with a big relief we entered the harbor area early enough to check-in in time.

    World we are coming.
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  3. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Good luck!

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    Sounds like you will have an awesome journey.

    Do you expect many problems crossing borders with your dogs?

    JM.
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  4. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    Safe riding .. Just wondering, are you taking the 'family' and if so what is your understanding of Quarantine requirements of various countries you indicate you will be visiting ...?
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  5. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to following your adventure. The BMW looks rugged enough for the trip, that's for sure. I like what you did with it. :clap
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  6. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Our dogs did get all sorts of vaccinations, blood tests were done and results were certified by officials. This will allow us easier travel and if the border officers know their own rules well enough, then we should be also avoiding Quarantine. However, if this is not possible and we have a possibility to take another route, then we will do so e.g. we wanted to visit Ukraine; traveling back from there to EU would have been some additional headaches so we avoid Ukraine completely for now.
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  7. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Here are a few pictures from the morning of our departure. In the last minute, we figured out that three extra rolls were not enough :D
    So we needed to stuff the rest in one extra bag and strip it on top of another roll ...
    One reason why we are so "full" is that we had quite some amount of food for us and for the dogs which we did not want to throw away.<br />

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    Frozen bikes in the morning of departure.


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    The umbrella already proofed itself useful :deal

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    We try to keep the Suzi as light as possible. It is already a heavy bike for offroad riding and each kilo saved is a good one. SilberWolf can carry a total weight of up to 800kg and it seemed that we are volume-limited and not weight-limited.<br />
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    &#8764; Wolfi
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  8. V@lentino

    V@lentino Inspektor

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    Safe travel, good luck, post lots of pics

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  9. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    I made a short video about our beginning. Even though free WiFi is advertised in many places, the connection speed is sometimes so slow, that major uploads cannot be done. So now this comes a bit late, however it comes now :1drink

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  10. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    Did you get round to watch the icehockey?
    I'm german myself, my girl is from Nummela!

    My girfriend really want's a rig with sidecar, guess why. Take our daag out riding!
    Was chuckling a bit when reading...

    Sounds a great adventure, good luck!

    P.S. You guys are taking the ferry to Morocco from Algeciras or Tarifa, right? We live in Fuengirola, you are literally driving through there...so if you are up for a beer- welcome!

    Chris
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  11. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    I take it rainbow stickers in Finland mean something different than they do in the US?
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  12. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    I am not too much of a icehockey fan myself. My wife loves soccer (Fussball)
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    Thanx for the invitation, lets see when we get there - no detailed plans made yet.


    Rainbow flag has many meanings and I think that many meanings are similar in many countries - including Finland. I am promoting human rights and the freedom to be what you want to be. Thus here you can find what I am thinking of it. I remember those team building activities at work and "freedom for the individual" has been one of my slogans for a long time.

    Wolfi
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  13. bhuwan

    bhuwan Adventurer

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    Nice start. Am Innnnnnn. Awaiting your entry in India.:wave:wave
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  14. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    At the noon of Friday 3rd of May we arrived with the ferry to Tallinn and after letting girls do their businesses we started our journey towards Tartu. We got greeted by a beautiful and warm spring weather, so even though we were extremely tired (slept only 2 hours in the previous night!) it wasn't too uncomfortable to drive. Almost instantly we had some nice sand roads and one very interesting tractor path which was supposed to be a normal sand road...<br />
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    First break somewhere between Tallinn and Tartu in the beautiful and peaceful countryside on an abandoned farm.


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    Sidecar works perfectly with girls and especially Hertta feels very homey there already :)

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    Girls were first thinking of having tangerines for lunch, but in the end they preferred their own goodie sticks :)<br />

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    After about 280km we arrived to the outskirts of Tartu to an interesting old USSR-style suburbia. We stayed two nights in the dog friendly Starest Hotel. Pretty ok place with a park right besides it and the staff spoke very good English and right in the downstairs was an ok Asian style restaurant with many vegan options :wink: We forgot to take picture of the hotel, but here's some pictures of the funny neighbourhood...​

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    As Wolfi told in the earlier post we forgot girls leashes back home, but luckily he took some rope with to make new ones. So on our second day in Tartu we did some shopping and Wolfi could do the leashes while I had some sleep... :ear

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    <span style="font-size: large;">Latvia</span><br />
    On Sunday 5th of May after a well rested weekend we started the second leg of our journey and headed towards Latvia and that's where all the troubles started... Well nothing major, but still some annoying little things!<br />
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    I had my first fell when we were looking for a place to rest and someone (not me!) decided that in the middle of a very windy field would be a great place to be! The tractor way was very bumpy and had nasty soft sand, so off I went... nothing bad happened, but it always pisses me off! Also just some minutes before when we were driving I just happened to think, that should we add to our blog a counter for falls, just for fun... Should never think such things! :norton

    Some kilometers after that the village dogs started to hunt us! There really was some totally crazy dogs who tried to catch us and one tiny Westie almost got a bite of my ankle! Few kilometers after that I saw a HUGE (almost bigger than my bike) mix breed approaching the street from its yard and I really had to give some more gas to get away from it! That really is one totally crazy hobby they have and I can only hope they won't be hit with any vehicle...

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    In Latvia the summer temperatures finally started to catch us and we were pretty sweaty when we finally reached our accommodation in the idyllic countryside. After 282km we got to this cool looking cabin in Madona. ​
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    This 10 persons cabin was all for us. In the first look it seems very great, but in the end all the things don't really work there... The sauna/shower waters go to the totally wrong directions which was very sad to see for a Finn and the cool looking downstairs has no fireplace or any heating what so ever! So we were rather freezing in the evenings... but the pond was very sweet and the yard was nice and big. There we played with Lyra and Ulpu while Hertta wanted to be a cow (yummy fresh new grass!), and I had my first sunbath :) I also got my 'talviturkki' finally off, totally freezing water, but very refreshing! <br />
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    Next morning Wolfi started to do some small maintenance on the bikes, when he noticed this in my Suzis back tire! I must have caught it on the last sand road because I didn't notice anything special when driving the whole day. Wolfi got it out fine and also got the hole well fixed, but still that was brand new tire and didn't need this so soon!<br />
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    In the Baltic countries there is quite often a crane living on peoples yards, either on the roof or on these kind of poles. I've heard they should bring good luck. At least they look very sweet and this one most likely has a feast every day because the pond next to it is totally full of frogs!<br />
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    I spent most of my Monday staring at these fellows... The pond was full of interesting action and sweet croaks. They seem to be some kind of cannibals also, at least there was many hanging on to one dead fellow and others fighting to get in! I have plenty of cool video, so maybe I'll do my own nature documentary one day... :) <br />
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    <i>Kucuru dzirnavas</i> is an old mill which is turned into a guesthouse and party room. There is also a small museum which is full of EVERYTHING and in the yard is many interesting things as well, like this old bike. So very nice place, but everything's just not working fine and the owners speak very poor english and german, but at least is a very dog friendly place :deal <br />
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    <span style="font-size: large;">Lithuania</span><br />
    Tuesday morning 7th of May we continued our trip in a rather hot weather and in Lithuania the summer totally started! Beautifull light green leaves everywhere and very warm breeze! 270km of heavy sweating and we were approaching our next destination... but the last 3km were HORRIBLE for me! Soft sand or drift sand, like I call it, because that's how it behaves. First two kilometers I survived rather ok even though twice almost fell after going from one ditch to another... and then came the fall! I fell on my left side and the bike even went still some half round on the ground and that's when my left sidecase carrier got twisted! I didn't get hurt at all and anyway that's not what a real biker is first worried about, my first worry was of course my Suzi! :) Wolfi came to my rescue and we got Suzi fine back to her tires and rest of the road I 'tiptoed'... Still plenty of things to learn and this was anyway my first real encounter with this kind of sand!<br />
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    Well twisted carrier system which we will fix at the Mueller Gespanne, when we'll get there. The reflector part of the left blinker got fixed with black tape, which I have now in three of my blinkers. It's the adventure style! :evil<br />
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    We got the Camping Mindunai all for us! It's real fun to travel off season! At least hermits like us love it :) Very beautiful place on a lake and girls got again plenty of play... but they also got fleas! Luckily not for too long! I think the blankets on the beds contained some fleas and that's were girls got them for a moment. I found about a dozen in the end and after one day we didn't see a single one anymore so I guess they didn't manage to multiply or so...&nbsp; Was very nasty experience and I've never seen fleas before so wasn't first sure what they were, but in the future have to pay more attention to these sort of things! Tick season also started, but those are a familiar thing to us. So we remember to have a check every evening and the tick tweezer are always nearby.<br />
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    Here we stayed only one night. We wanted to stay two because it was so beautiful and peaceful, but the next morning a big crew of noisy park workers arrived and the fleas were giving us the creeps, so we decided to continue towards Poland...<br />
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    P.S. Wolfi wanted me to mention that the keys I thought I left home were actually in my jacket pocket, which was already packed to my sidecase. So them I found instantly when we arrived to the ferry :ear
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  15. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Here is a short clip to illustrate what kind of roads you might hit in baltic countries :evil

    Click <a href="http://youtu.be/-DutLA4Ovlw">here</a> to see the video or copy/paste this link: http://youtu.be/-DutLA4Ovlw

    For the Baltic countries I used a map with a scale of 1:400000 - the roads marked with white were typically dusty gravel roads and sometimes caused some smaller surprises.

    The streets marked in yellow and orange typically caused biggest surprises. Their quality ranged from totally horrible i.e. bumpy, holes in the street, borderline asphalt/gravel might have high edges to brand new and smooth.

    Generally the streets we rode in Latvia and Lithuania were the worst. The front suspension on my sidecar needed adjustment. The bike/helmet camera quit its services most of the times on those roads and that's why I do not have clips from there.

    &nbsp;Most "interesting" are those roads which have asphalt in the centre and gravel left and right. Typically both are in bad condition with the gravel given an opportunity of even bigger potholes compared to the asphalt.&nbsp;As everybody wants to ride the middle part as much as possible, here seems to be some way to "play chicken" with the traffic coming from opposite direction.

    And even though you think you go fast - maybe we rode at about 90km/h, watch the mirrors for the local heroes :D ...

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    &#8764; Wolfi
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  16. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Howdy readers,
    since there had been problems with both of the videos, I think this link here will work better worldwide.

    <a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Pictures-Europe/29433530_KwXtnk/2514350184_MjB2szf/2515325289_bD66ffW" target="_blank">Farewell Finland</a>
    Link:&nbsp;http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug...._KwXtnk/2514350184_MjB2szf/2515325289_bD66ffW

    <a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Pictures-Europe/29433530_KwXtnk/2514350184_MjB2szf">Baltic roads</a>
    Link: &nbsp;http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug....res-Europe/29433530_KwXtnk/2514350184_MjB2szf
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    Still trying to figure out how to embed the videos here.:norton

    &#8764; Wolfi</div>
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  17. Bastropos

    Bastropos n00b

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    Good luck on your journey! Sounds like a great time. Best of luck!
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  18. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Nothing special... :1drink Well sorry to say, but those were the first words that came into my mind now when trying to think what to write.

    8th of May we left the camping place in Lithuania. Me tiptoeing the first kilometres and Wolfi sweating behind... I wanted to be sure that my day doesn't start with a fall! It was a beautiful hot day (close to +30) and in the Poland side spring/summer was again much further. Berry/fruit trees nicely flowering and lovely sweet smell everywhere and of course plenty of bees! I got already my second stung (first was in Latvia), but luckily I'm not allergic so wasn't bad at all.

    This time we didn't take much sand roads, because there was not much meaningful ones (just very very small ones) and we also had a schedule to keep up to.

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    First night in Poland we stayed in a small cabin in some kind of home/farm camping place. We didn't have internet access in the previous place so couldn't choose a place beforehand. In the first bigger town we started then to search a place to stay. First tried to get some translation help in a shopping mall parking place... Hopeless! Then we just decided to drive on for a moment and luckily saw a sign next to the street! Ok place, but in the end costed twice as much than the ten times better/nicer/cooler place what we had the following nights. This camping place also had plenty of animals there and to my opinion all were maltreated, especially the dogs! Horribly dirty and smelly cages, dogs furs all messy and nails way too long. Next morning when the owner had already gone I had courage to go close to the dogs (previous night they were trying to act scary) and noticed that no-one had left them any water or food and it was a very hot day!!! So I went to get my water bottle and girls dry food and instantly when those poor (huge) dogs saw what I had they were behaving totally nice! I filled their pots through the (prison)bars and got me two new beautiful friends :) Real gentle giants when you treat them nicely!

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    Beautifull and extremely nice big (60-80kg) boy :) His friend hiding somewhere in the behind cage.

    After the camping place we headed deeper into the Polish countryside towards so far the coolest/nicest accommodation of our trip. It was another hot day, but now with some pressure in the air and a heavy wind! So heavy that I really had to struggle to stay up at some moments! Few kilometres before our hotel it finally started to rain and thunder... and what a thunder it was! We had some difficulties to find the place and at one crossing Wolfi left me for a moment to look for the right street (it was again this nasty drift sand and all tired and wet didn't have energy to do any extra milage) and while he was gone a lightning hit very close by and so hard that the sound wall cracked (or whatever it's called)! That was scary as hell, I had never heard anything like that before! Later on it gave even extra chill when I learned that bike isn't too safe to be at when there's thunder... Well eventually we found the place and for this difficult sand road part we swapped bikes because Wolfi has more power and longer legs to hold my bike up when it starts to wobble.... but he did fell also... not badly though, but at least now I don't have to try to explain anymore how difficult it is!

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    <span itemprop="name"><span style="color: black; font-family: inherit;">Go&#347;ciniec Figlówka -&nbsp;</span></span>Really cool mansion in the middle of nowhere surrounded by beautiful forest.

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    Done with great taste everywhere and not expensive at all! (at least off season) Here I would love to go again with more time!

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    The umbrella turned out to be very practical :)

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    Lyra was extremely happy to get proper play in the next morning!

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    Hertta and Ulpu sleeping after a heavy play time :)</div>

    Saturday 11th of May we had to leave this beautiful place because Berlin was waiting... what a pity! We had again rather easy roads, but still very nice. Lovely countryside with gorgeous big trees around the streets bringing us needed sun. Some small rain showers here and there, but nothing too big. Afternoon we arrived to Lowicz Walecki Motel Park, which first looked rather cool and interesting, but in the end was a quite dump... and a rip off! The owner seemed like a dog lover and heavily offered us his garage and showed his bike project and other collection items... but in the end just took heavy money of all these. Left rather nasty aftertaste :(&nbsp;</div>

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    Weird things around the place.

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    Lousy lights, so needed my 'otsalamppu' :)

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    There was no kitchen so had to do all the cookings in the bathroom. Luckily(?) no fire alarms anywhere.

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    Interesting sunset in the last evening. Soon after this started heavy rain and we went downstairs to play pool and that was fun! Way too long time since the last game!

    &#65374; Ilta
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  19. AlpineGuerrilla

    AlpineGuerrilla Been here awhile

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    You've certainly drawn my attention with the interesting bikes. The dog stairs on the hack are amazing. :D

    When do you plan to leave Europe towards Morocco?

    Looking forward to your further exploits. Gute Reise!
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  20. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    In and good luck...The tofuwurst got me:D As a vegetarian for a few years a and vegan for another 10 I am excited to see how you guys do food wise. If you make it to the states and hit New York City dinner is on me:freaky
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