Sauerkraut & Tofuwurst - Vegan bikers trotting the globe

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by kuhjunge, May 5, 2013.

  1. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Hi Ilta, Wolfi, Hertta, Lyra & Ulpu,

    Glad I met some of you at Jõgeva Treff, decent setup you guys have and wishing you the very best on your travels.

    Just try to keep the rubber side down, dogs well fed and take it easy. :thumb

    PS: Next time you come through Tartu at least say "hi" and have some beers on us ;)

    Safe roads,
    Margus & Kariina
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  2. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Hi Margus & Kariina, well - the pleasure was all mine. Your journey certainly was one big inspiration for me :deal

    Thanx for the offer, if we will be ever in Tartu again - I come back to it :freaky
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  3. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Both of us got a warm feeling knowing we would be soon in Berlin – a sense of belonging, some sort of home. I had my first visit to Berlin when I was 14yrs old, and Skippy and me have visited Berlin several times. So we knew the place a little bit, which shops are where, what to expect, where to go and
    especially the fact that there are many vegan restaurants and vegan shops.

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    Having a break on the way to Poland

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    During the past days, my to-do list for Berlin was just getting bigger and bigger. I had severe problems with my gadgets and applications on my Mac and we needed a proper internet connection to do some major uploads. One of the major issues was my GPS. For some reason, I did not get maps of Berlin installed and I was forced to navigate based on major streets, tall buildings and the position of the sun.

    I did have the vague recollection the connection was working at home when I installed my maps on the Mac. I spend about many days – searching internet, now in Berlin I was able to visit Touratech, Globetrotter and Saturn in figuring out why my Mac does not find my GPS.

    Thanks to all of you technical guys, who tried to help me. Even though we eliminated many options what it was not, none of the proposed solutions really helped me.

    The closest we got was to install Windows on my Mac, and then use basecamp to connect to my GPS. The remaining problem was that all my maps were installed on the Mac side. In the end, the real hint what to do came from advrider.com forum. The USB of my old Garmin GPS (USB2.) and my new Mac (USB3.0) do not like each other, and by using a USB-hub (USB2.0) in between,
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    What a relief!!!


    Our hotel was another "dog-unfriendly" hotel. With 5EUR/dog/night - it became quite expensive and IMO a rip-off. The argumentation that "we <b><u>MUST</u></b> clean everyday", even though we did not want this service was anyway complete BS. They cleaned only once during our stay and then after we left (I assume). The staff was friendly with expectation of the boss - a female dragon. Anyway, we got room # 14.

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    Room 14 - reminded me a bit on "Harry Potter - closet under the stairs"

    OK - after a while, we found our room ... well the door was slightly bigger and I hit my head only a few times.

    We eliminated some luggage and thus, we could buy some more luxury items for the trip and now we got us lovely chairs :D This will upgrade our camping life at least manifold.

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    The new camping chairs :evil

    Besides the chairs, we had no room for a pot to wash dishes or clothes. We decided to go with Ortlieb's 10l foldable bowl and found instant use for it :1drink

    Skippy ask me later why I bought "alkoholfrei" (alcohol-free) beer and I said, that I did not and she showed me the label. OMG - a clear indication how exhausted I was and how troubled my mind had been with all the issues we had so far.

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    We also visited my aunt, did some other shopping as planned and enjoyed the rich vegan food options in Berlin. Vegan restaurants and vegan shops – what a pleasure! One can just go and order (or buy) without having the usual conversation of ordering a cheese salad without the cheese, or going to an indian place. We ate delicious food and I liked the burger at Vego Foodworld so much, that we went there even twice.

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    Vego Foodworld

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    Delicious vegan burger

    We also tested another vegan restaurant "Le Orchid V Noir" in Joachimsthalerstr. (Passagen). The food was mostly vegan, however you need to be extremely clear in the beginning. The owner seemed to only see the business opportunity of the vegan niche market, and does not always take it "110% serious". So better be careful with this one. This menu really looked like duck and tasted like duck. Only when you start to dig and examine the "meat" one sees that the structure is based on veggies.

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    Vegan duck (looks like duck, tastes like duck - is no duck)

    We wanted to do something for Skippy's sore butt and tested the air-hawk cushion, which did not work out, because it made her feel unsafe on the bike – too wobbly. Maybe it's better to change the seat and make it a little softer.

    Since our dogs are not used to being free in city, they simple do not know how to behave there with all the other dogs, bicycles and cars. They would do all sorts of non-sense from running away to hunting the ducks and swans. In our
    last evening, we went to Spinnerbrücke – a place to see and be seen – had a snack and went to Wannsee so that girls could finally be free a little bit and play.
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    Our bikes at Spinnerbrücke

    Our country-side dog Lyra was barking almost all the time and we were wondering what now. Now she is free and could play on the beach fetching stick, and no – barking barking barking. What a dog!

    As it was getting dark, we went back to the bikes and got ready to go. Now also Hertta was barking towards the bushes and Skippy had a glimpse. On first sight she thought there was people (many cars were still at the parking lot) and they were “busy” and then – Shock ... I think the picture says it all :D

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    What the heck is there in the bush?

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    It's a wild hog eating

    ... and this toy fence ends a few meters away from us, where one goes to the beach! :eek1 :eek1

    &#8764; Wolfi
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  4. kuhjunge

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    Since I finally got my GPS-Mac problem solved, I was able to upload our track through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to google maps.

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    (click on the picture to get the track in google maps)

    Click <a href="https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zp5UyHz_FFyU.kj8b4JZPOskw" target="_blank">here</a> to see the track or copy/paste this link:
    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zp5UyHz_FFyU.kj8b4JZPOskw

    &#8764; Wolfi
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  5. kuhjunge

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    Skippy's Suzi had again starting problems when we left Poland. This became annoying and since Skippy was going to do some rides alone later on (to her Karate training), we decided to invest in a new battery. First I wanted to have a Hawker Odyssey, however there was no meaningful way to fit the available models into the bike, so we decided to become “modern” and bought a lithium battery from Shido. First, I thought it's empty – light as a feather compared to lead-acid. Well, again a few kilos saved :)

    We spent Pentecost (Pfingsten) in the camping place in Flessenow besides the lake of Schwerin. The weather included thunderstorms, lightening, it was chilly, mostly wet with some sunny moments. On sunday there was a big volleyball competition on site and in the evening we were invited to join the neighbors on the campfire.

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    Volleyball tournament​

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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Delicious dark beer (and soooo cheap compared to Finland - heavenly)</td></tr>
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    We left on a cloudy but warm day and rode smoothly to Oersberg where we spent the night before visiting Müller-Gespanne for the sidecar changes. Magnificent and stunning rapeseed-fields along the roads. We could not get enough of these sights and they smell also soo good. Here a short picture rhapsody on those fields.

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    All the sudden the wind turbines emerged behind the rapeseed field
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    Arriving at Mueller-Gespanne
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    We were allowed to pitch our tent in their backyard during our extended stay and spread out stuff almost all over the place ;)</div>
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    It seems to me that the Finnish people were somehow able to export a typical Finnish summer (i.e. max. +15C and plenty of rain) to northern Germany. In the few days we have been here so far, we had plenty of rain combined with strong winds – nothing too pleasant, maybe a good practice for Scotland :D</div>
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    We had also two (2!) sunny day during our stay and we enjoy them even more. Our dogs got quickly settled with Lotta, the guardian dog of the .&nbsp;</div>
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    I am not sure whether Lyra wanted to play with those cute bunnies or eat them? She had regular staring competitions with those fellows :D<br />
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    Strandkorb life in the backyard

    Many houses had a traditional roof made of straw. Looks cool and according to Wikipedia it shall last 20-30 years.
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Houses with straw-roof</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">and another ...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Other/1305/29442086_SmTdQw#!i=2533619088&amp;k=wVvpWwD&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="768" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Other/1305/i-wVvpWwD/0/L/IMG_0592-L.jpg" title="" width="1024" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">... and still one more</td></tr>
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    </div>
    <div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">
    <br />
    ~ Wolfi</div>
    #25
  6. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2011
    Oddometer:
    856
    Location:
    Earth
    #26
  7. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2011
    Oddometer:
    856
    Location:
    Earth
    A quick review what kind of modifications we did on the sidecar. The main reason for the whole action was that we could not open the lid of the alu-case when it was standing in its normal position.<br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ThisAndThat/i-85P6NJK/0/X2/IMG_8160-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ThisAndThat/i-85P6NJK/0/X2/IMG_8160-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Too careful handling of the boxes lead to this slight mis-adjustment</td></tr>
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    Well, no big deal as such. Two case holders needed to be moved a few cm backwards and that was it. The bigger job was to repaint the whole frame, especially since it had an additional wax protection inside the metal pipes. Since this paint job was necessary, there was a chance to do other welding jobs at the same time. I did not like the idea that one important screw (holding the sidecar wheel) was standing out a little on the bottom side. This is where I expect to hit rocks and other bumps when riding with a tilt (i.e. one wheel is in the car lane and the other is off of the other lane). At the same time, we re-routed the wires and the cable for the suspension adjustment, so that they are not any longer below the frame.<br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ThisAndThat/i-PtqpFNd/0/X2/IMG_8156_X-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ThisAndThat/i-PtqpFNd/0/X2/IMG_8156_X-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Screw and wires are coming out from the bottom of the frame</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-5kRMZPZ/0/X2/20130608-IMG_0837-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-5kRMZPZ/0/X2/20130608-IMG_0837-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">No more sticking screws coming out on the bottom</td></tr>
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    Peter also made a plate which protects the other important screw of the sidecar wheel.<br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-vWLcGNM/0/X2/20130608-IMG_0838-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-vWLcGNM/0/X2/20130608-IMG_0838-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Screw-protection</td></tr>
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    <br />
    I also got my winch installed :)<br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-TfgMPWV/0/X2/20130608-IMG_0834-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-TfgMPWV/0/X2/20130608-IMG_0834-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">WARN XT17 Winch installed on the sidecar</td></tr>
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    And we did a just-in-case carrier plate, maybe to hold a water barrel or something like it.<br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-6FZCkNh/0/X2/20130608-IMG_0835-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-6FZCkNh/0/X2/20130608-IMG_0835-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Additional holding plate for XYZ stuff</td></tr>
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    <br />
    <br />
    Several few minor modifications, the painting job and getting everything together again took its time. In parallel to those things, I did a few modifications and installations now, since Peter has all sorts of tools and I was running out of time at home.<br />
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    Now all is done and I sleep better ;)<br />
    <br />
    ~ Wolfi
    #27
  8. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2011
    Oddometer:
    856
    Location:
    Earth
    We needed some "vacation" from the rainy and cold experience of Brodersby. We found an affordable apartment in Blomesche Wildnis (Glückstadt) with own kitchen and stayed there for a few days. THE opportunity for Skippy to do some nami for us :)
    In fact, the cake was tasting soo good, that she made it two times in those few days :D

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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Delicious cinnamon cake</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562374537&amp;k=GjBbj5S&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-GjBbj5S/0/L/20130601-IMG_0791-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Tasty salad for lunch with BBQ-fried soy and eggplant. </td></tr>
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    Though luck for us, the owner forgot the password for the WLAN. Several days without internet - our backlog just piled up. We also went to Hamburg - shopping at Globetrotter, Louis, vegan shop and an emergency stop at Starbucks to check email and vegan places. I was a bit disappointed from Globetrotter and Louis compared to those in Berlin. In Berlin, the shops feel spacier and cleaner. Well, we got what we needed and went quickly to eat in a vegan restaurant "Loving Hut".
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Vegan food for Wolfi</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Oh - this was good, could have had some more ...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562373805&amp;k=nJDBzzp&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Photo &amp; Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img alt="Photo &amp; Video Sharing by SmugMug" height="480" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-nJDBzzp/0/L/20130603-2013-06-03-149-L.jpg" title="Photo &amp; Video Sharing by SmugMug" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Skippy was supposed to have something lighter without soy/wheat, but then there were these weird soy medallions.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562374054&amp;k=BVVmPw5&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="480" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-BVVmPw5/0/L/20130603-2013-06-03-148-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Springrolls (which tasted like 'kaalikääryle'), rice noodles and yummy salad. </td></tr>
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    Skippy had again her butt-problems, so we went to Cuxhaven to visit "Elbe - Orthopädie" in the hope they could help Skippy. We decided to take the ferry (quite expensive - we paid a total of 12.50EUR one way) to cross Elbe.

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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Ferry Glückstadt - Wischhafen</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562370852&amp;k=fJ9fKCM&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-fJ9fKCM/0/L/20130605-IMG_0803-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">HUGE container ship crossing our way and we needed to give way</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562370588&amp;k=nxLhw2T&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-nxLhw2T/0/L/20130605-IMG_0807-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Took a while ... I wonder how many thousands of containers are there ???</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The guys collected rubber ducks :D</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562371651&amp;k=bFWQ9W8&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-bFWQ9W8/0/L/20130605-IMG_0794-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">They were everywhere on the landing poles ... strong sailor and little boys :D</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562371890&amp;k=9csdmbL&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-9csdmbL/0/L/20130605-2013-06-05-163-L.jpg" title="" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Evening walk in Cuxhaven</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562372067&amp;k=BTVNvtb&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="480" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-BTVNvtb/0/L/20130605-2013-06-05-162-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">And yes, the winter got extended :D</td></tr>
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    <br />
    The next day Detlef had time to look after our seat. So we went there, took the seat down, removed the seat cover and measured Milady's butt and her "pressure points".<br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562372655&amp;k=GrR7tDT&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="480" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-GrR7tDT/0/L/20130605-2013-06-05-159-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">They do all sorts of things from seats to prostheses</td></tr>
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    They decided to replace the centerpart of the seat with a different kind of material.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Detlef - the boss flexing out a piece of Skippy's seat.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Modified seat to release pressure points in the butt and it fits the color of the bike ;)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/29868576_hmJg7f#!i=2562370320&amp;k=7V6WDjf&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="480" src="http://sauerkrauttofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/1306/i-7V6WDjf/0/L/20130606-2013-06-06-165-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Elbe Orthopädie</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The real boss of the house</td></tr>
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    After we figured out how to use an electronic stapler :D we put the seat cover on and the job was done. THANK YOU very much!!!<br />
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    Obviously we complained enough about the expensive ferry (we went over three times), and so they allowed us to stay in one of their empty flats which is currently under renovation. This was very kind. The bikes were parked in the inner yard and I did some maintenance. For some strange reason, the front axle bolts got loose. First I did not get it what happened. When we were in Hamburg, the speedmeter went off occassionally, which meant there was a huge clearance. During our stay in Blomesche Wildnis, I tried to tighten them according to the manual, but then the wheel did not move anymore either. Strange behavior. I called Peter, he could not advice any more then RTFM. OK, I dissambled the front, so that I could remove the wheel. All parts looked fine to me, then I put them back together and now I was able to apply the appropriate torque without problems (and the wheel still moving). Well, I need to keep an eye on those screws.<br />
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    We were good to go and off we went to enter Netherlands. We found a sweet place directly besides a canal, so you could tie your boat directly in front of your room :D<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Plenty of those kind of bridges - traffic lights for boats, barriers for street traffic</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">And we got some company during breakfast - unfortunately the diets did not match, so no food for those fellows</td></tr>
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    We spent two nights in a sleepy village called&nbsp;<span itemprop="addressLocality">Aardenburg,</span>&nbsp;made it quickly through Belgium and entered France. Now we need to figure out how to get with sidecar and dogs to UK and we need to find a vet to give our girls the required tapeworm vaccination.<br />
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  9. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Along for the ride!
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  10. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Do you use happycow.net? I assume you do, but if not check it out. Also I think you will find "Loving Huts" throughout the world. My friend found them all throughout Asia and the Middle East. We have one in NYC and I know about a half dozen more in the northeast U.S.
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  11. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    yep - we use happycow.net whenever we plan to go to a new place. The website is an excellent source to find vegan restaurants as well as stores which have vegan stuff and fully vegan shops. Those are great, no need to read the small print anymore ... especially helpful for people like me who already need reading classes :D
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  12. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Before leaving France, we needed to get the required for girls against tapeworm so that we could enter UK. After a quick search, we found an english-speaking vet nearby and got at the same day the vaccination, required stamps and signatures. After waiting the required 24h, we were good to go and booked us a ferry for the following day. The online booking system does not allow pets in a sidecar, however if you call, they still do the booking (they know about this issue and we do not seemed to be the first with this problem).

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    The paper formalities were no problem at all neither at the check-in in France nor customs in England. London welcomed us with small occassional showers. Finding a (low-budget) flat (we wanted with own kitchen) proofed rather complicated. First we needed to send an inquiry by email (together with paying for the accommodation in full in advance) and then wait for the answer from the landlord or the rental agent. We got refused by several places due to our dogs. In the end, what you get might be quite different from what you wanted and this process also takes a long time and requires internet and thus it felt like a bit of hassling. Our so called studio &nbsp;was located in Harlesden. It was so tiny, that we could barely move in there and so we decided to take the dogs with on our sightseeing through the city

    Parking was only for residents or max. 4h by paying, so we took initiative :evil

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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small; text-align: -webkit-auto;">We found a good parking spot for our bikes - nobody cared about them except for one person ...</span></td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I wonder in which neighborhood we were ... anyway nothing happened to the bikes :clap

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    <span style="font-size: small;">One thing seemed for sure, if you want to get attention in London - take Ulpu with, especially when she has her cute outfit on :D Just to test the British humour, I started to ask people for 1GBP if they wanted to take a picture of Ulpu. Wow, some people were even willing to pay, of course I did not take any money. The fun was enough for me.</span><br />
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    <span style="font-size: small;">We walked around some of the usual sightseeing places, did some small shopping at Lush (they have vegan cosmetics) and went to explore Whole Foods market, where we had lunch. We walked towards Hyde park and saw by chance the premier of Sandra Bullock's and Melissa McCarthy's new movie "The heat" - unfortunately I missed Sandra by a few minutes :( - pity, would have been cool to see one of my favourite actors live.</span></div>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small; text-align: -webkit-auto;">And Skippy said: " Oh, the Big Ben is not big at all"</span></td></tr>
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    <span style="font-size: small;">Suddenly I felt an itch at my arms and head and I thought "oh no, I must have eaten something where I am allergic too (no idea what they would be)". I told Skippy and since it got so bad, we went to pharmacy to get some medicine. After a while it did the job, and since everybody was tired, we decided to call it a first day and go back to our dungeon.</span></div>
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    Tired Ulpu and Skippy after a long day in London downtown

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    <span style="font-size: small;">It was time to plan the next legs, so Skippy used her "Pinky-finger" method :)</span></div>
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    <span style="font-size: small;">We also visited<a href="http://www.vegancross.com/" target="_blank"> Vx </a>- Headquarters of the "Secret vegan society" - a well assorted shop, where we got some snacks.&nbsp;</span></div>
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    <span style="font-size: small;">At the last evening we went to the movies to <a href="http://thelexicinema.co.uk/" target="_blank">Lexi</a>&nbsp;to see "</span><span style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Behind The Candelabra" with Michael Douglas. It was our first movie since we left Finland! Lexi proofed to be a cute cinema, where "</span></span><span style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">100% of The Lexi’s profits go towards improving the quality of life for the people of Lynedoch Village in Stellenbosch, South Africa".&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div>
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    <span style="font-size: small;">Skippy found the movie excellent, it was well acted, well written and great music. I found the make-up amazing.</span><br />
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    <span style="font-size: small;">Next morning we were off towards Scotland.</span>
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  13. painkilla

    painkilla MeTaL HeD

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    what happens to the dogs entering and leaving different countries ?

    my dog had to do 4 months quarantine leaving africa upon entering new zealand ...
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  14. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    e.g. here you find instructions how to travel with dogs into the UK/Ireland.

    This here is another useful page.

    As wrote earlier, Rabies is the (as far as we know) the critical element.

    There are three categories:
    - Rabies Free Countries
    - Third Countries
    - High Incidence of Rabies Countries

    Anyway, our dogs have gotten the Rabies vaccination in regular schedule and it is certified in their passport. The blood test was taken, and the result (that they have the antidote) is certified by some officials in Finland, signed and stamped in their passport.

    That should prevent the need for quarantine in basically ay country. Having said this, there was this clause: "There are several countries where quarantine is unavoidable unless you are entering from a RABIES FREE COUNTRY."

    So, we will see what happens ...
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  15. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    We left London with high hopes for the better. We were happy to get out of our dungeon and this city life which was (and is) really not for us. Direction straight north, on to the A1. After we got out of the suburban area, we went back to smaller roads and made it to Cambridge for lunch to the only open vegan restaurant (Cam Yoga). On a positive note, we realized that motorbikes - even those with a sidecar - do not need to pay toll in tunnels and bridges. Convenient :)<br />
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    The average speed on smaller roads was ridiculous due to roundabouts every few kilometers if there are even kilometers between them. Brits really seem to love roundabouts!!! Yet, we did not give up and continued to Peterborough, where we had already booked a motel for the night. We went to the local supermarket to get some food and we were truly surprised about the vegan options as well as generally their healthier food selection! :)<br />
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    Riding on the left side of the road with a solo bike is not difficult at all. We had this experience already when we visited Australia and New Zealand a few years back. The only new thing here was the usage of mph instead of kmh - not so big deal. We went with the feeling of speed and it will be fine. Riding a sidecar on the left side is new to me and especially the fact that the sidecar is mounted on the right side. Since people in the UK seem to "protect" their street with all sorts of bushes and walls just beside the street, the visibility in left curves is close to zero, which makes it a little more exciting riding with 50mph into such one in the hope there is nothing blocking the way ;)<br />
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    Another observation which amazed is that so many traffic signs are hidden behind bushes, branches of trees etc. This causes sudden changes in directions or stops where I need to consult my GPS. Also the weather in UK has not disappointed us. We've had plenty of cloudy, rainy, windy days with short sunny moments.<br />
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    We did not book a budget accommodation for the next night so we decided to go camping - what could possible go wrong there? Next morning, we packed our stuff and hit again to smaller roads. This time we were more lucky and found curvy stretches of up to 12km without any circle! We rode over the bridge to Barton upon Humber and continued around many circles towards North York Moors National Park. We did check two campsites beforehand in the internet and both seemed fine.<br />
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    We went to first one, it looked all promising and when we came to reception they said they are closed for renovation. What the F***! And nothing about this in their webpage. OK - we knew there is another coming a few miles later and it was the same place this guy recommended to us. So, we thought what the heck - a few km more are not so bad, I had no idea what time it was, but there was still plenty of light. We rode to this other place and wanted to check in for several nights. When they asked how many dogs I have, I answered three and then they said, that they cannot take us. They have a strict limit of two dogs/tent, so we cannot camp here. After telling them that we did ride whole day, Skippy had started to get a flu and one of the dogs is the size of a mouse. They would have allow us in, if we are not showing all three dogs at once - max two. If the park owner sees three dogs, we will be asked to leave! What the heck is going on here? By now, it was getting late and we got desperate. They gave us a hint, where we might be able to camp. First, we tried the two motels in the village - both fully booked. We went to this nice lady who works (or owns) the local pub and she was really understanding. Since she owned a field which was currently not used, she allowed us to pitch our tent there. We went to her farm house to fetch some water and so we stayed one night in the fence together with two (other black) sheep :D<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">First wild camping ( a bit unvoluntaryly though)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The view from our camp site was nice, and enough space to walk the dogs :)</td></tr>
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    Lucky us, the village had some public toilets, so we could refresh ourselves a little next morning, have breakfast on the parking lot and get going towards north.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Hertta found a new position to enjoy the ride and the breaks.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">... and then we found this almost perfect break/camp site</td></tr>
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    This was a lesson. For our next stop, I consulted my GPS map for some camp sites and called them beforehand to figure out whether they are open and allow three dogs. The plan of calling beforehand did not really work out. Two places which were nearby Holy Island did not answer and the call was diverted to an answering machine. One place answered and they allowed three dogs, however they were a little too close for a day's ride as we wanted to ride a bit more this day. The phone line of the other candidate place was always busy (good sign - many customers?). Anyway, we gave it a shot and we were lucky. They were open and had no problem with three dogs since they were so small. Now we had a place to stay a few nights to get Skippy in better fit for Scotland.<br />
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    Rules in the UK ...<br />
    The story goes like this. We had two neighbors at the camping site, one friendly old gentleman who likes to take pictures of wildlife seabirds and then there was a mother/parent with two daughters who enjoyed playing outside. We came to talk to the gentleman right away and he was impressed by what we do and asked whether he can take some pics of my bike. I said sure and then later that afternoon he came with his tripod and old fashioned film camera to take a few shots. Some hours later the police came and we could first not understand why the police was here and what they talked to both of our neighbors (innocently as we are with a Finnish mindset). When the police was gone, I asked the old fellow what was that all about and he told, that the mother/parent accused him of taking (secret) pictures (remember with a tripod!!!) of her daughters. He was then asked to hand over the film to the police for destruction and he needed to leave the camping place INSTANTLY!!! Well, it seems that the other ones needed to leave too. Hey, come on you Brits - a little bit more relaxing would do you well! The good thing was that now we had one whole side of the tent area for us, and we used it to play with our dogs (which was also forbidden!!!).<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Testing our new tarp</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Skippy making salad dressing with on board electricity</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Almost alone in the entire tent area</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Testing local beer - quite good, a bit expensive though</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Hyvää Juhannusta!</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Walking the dogs in the neighbourhood</td></tr>
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    In order to get to the public footpaths, I needed to climb over the fences. Typically those had some kind of steps for that. At least some were not made for dogs ... click here Lyra finding her way :D<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lyra and Ulpu - always wanting to be above ground :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Weekend came and camping site got busy ...</td></tr>
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    We relaxed a few nights there and then we continued our ride - next via point was Holy Island. The interesting aspect of the island is that it is cut off from the mainland in high tides. If you want to go there, you need to be aware of the tide time tables. We did a small walk around the village, Skippy was still not doing too great and so we moved on towards Falkirk...<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Castle at Holy Island</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">and who cleans the poop of the sheep?</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The rescue tower for those who test their luck with the tides</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Somewhere on the way to Scotland</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Jipiii - we made it</td></tr>
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    &#8764; Wolfi
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  16. farleywilbur

    farleywilbur Adventurer

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    The Great White North, eh?
    Great story so far!
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  17. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    After a nice ride through the Scottish countryside (mostly B6355) and with moody weather we arrived to Falkirk on 22nd of June. We tried to find a budget accommodation in Edinburgh beforehand, however without success. The closest which fitted our limits was the Metro Inns in Falkirk. It was an old <i>Formule 1</i>&nbsp;motel which is a familiar chain to us from Paris. Very basic with shared facilities, but works fine for us and the doggies :)<br />
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    Girls were totally tired!<br />
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    Our view from the motel room towards our neighbour, who had a very interesting storage place for their stuff. Obviously the socks were extremely stinky because they were the only thing staying out all the time! :D<br />
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    Next day we had a normal tourist day in Edinburgh visiting some of the usual sights. The rather cool looking Edinburgh castle is to our opinion ruined by these horrible stands. Why is it not possible to honour the architecture of the building and either have stands in a matching style or have the&nbsp;(Tattoo)&nbsp;events somewhere else...?<br />
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    <a href="http://www.the-chocolate-tree.co.uk/cafe/" target="_blank">The Chocolate Tree</a> cafe: THE highlight of the day! We enjoyed this delicious variety of vegan delicacies: the best chocolate ice cream ever!!! and some berry sherbets, chocolate coffee tart, soya latte (for our caffein addict Wolfi) and huge artisan hot chocolates. We can highly recommend the cafe for everyone! Just remember to book a table beforehand since the seating space is very limited. Most likely we'll go there once again before leaving Scotland...<br />
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    Edinburgh was a bit disappointing in the architecture... not so much old buildings what we thought, but at least some sweet colourful surprises here and there :)<br />
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    The rhododendrons grow as huge trees here in Scotland (in Finland usually just bushes) and even wild almost everywhere! These sights of course made Ilta "the flower power girl" very happy! :)<br />
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    At the last day of our Falkirk stay Wolfi went to see the famous Falkirk wheel. A true engineering masterpiece. This is what <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkirk_wheel" target="_blank">Wikipedia says</a>: <i>"The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland, the lift opened in 2002. The two canals it serves were previously connected by a series of 11 locks, but by the 1930s these had fallen into disuse...&nbsp;On 24 May 2002, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Falkirk Wheel as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations" and she said it will last 120 years.</i><br />
    What Wolfi found fascinating is that:&nbsp;<i>"Despite its enormous mass, it rotates through 180° in five-and-a-half minutes using very little power. It takes just 22.5 kilowatts (30.2 hp) to power the electric motors, which consume just 1.5 kilowatt-hours (5.4 MJ) of energy in four minutes, roughly the same as boiling eight kettles of water."</i><br />
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    After Falkirk we headed north towards Inverness via Devil's Elbow and Cock Bridge in Cairngorms National Park. Somewhere along the way we found a nice spot for a break where girls could run free and play. Lyra is clearly our "table doggie".<br />
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    Hertta was guarding the place (as usual) while "the kids" were playing :)<br />
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    Lyra found the place perfect to stay and didn't want to leave at all anymore! Eventually had to carry her to the sidecar! btw. it was a chilly and cloudy day (again!) that's why girls needed their pullies on.<br />
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    We had big hopes of finding a nice place for wild camping, but it was (and is) almost impossible here! Basically every place is fenced, full of sheep (and shit!) and there are not many accessible tracks which would lead a few metres away from the main road. In Loch Garten we still had small hopes to camp wild, but the road was blocked from bikes and anyway it was way too full of tourists! And then there was this sign... How ridiculous is this demand to pick your dogs poo in the middle of the forest where all the wild animals are also leaving poo everywhere! Just makes no sense for a Finn!<br />
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    So finally we went to a camping place in Auchnahillin for two nights, where we had plenty of rain and Lyra wasn't too happy about it...<br />
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    In the few short moments without rain girls got to enjoy the almost empty camping place with some ball and frisbee games. We're really happy that Lyra likes her new ball (with the throwing stick), because so far she has preferred balls only indoors and outdoors she has always needed to have a stick! It's not so easy to find a new stick every time she's in the playing mood...<br />
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    Our search to find a shop&nbsp;in Inverness which would have vegan dog food was not successful. The city itself did not offer anything to our interest&nbsp;and we continued towards Urquhart Castle. Dogs are not allowed inside the castle site so we took what we could and this was the best (free) view from the distance.<br />
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    Going towards north... Lucky us - in the same moment we found a good spot for a break the sun came out in all its mighty! It got so hot that we took all biking gear off and let the skin sniff the sunlight for a moment :) Lyra and Ulpu - the ballerinas - are having their usual panic when we stop and of course expecting to get some goodies.&nbsp;Amazing how well behaving they can be if they want to be :D<br />
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    In the background you can see how brutally the forest is cut, presumably to get more fields to grow sheep and/or cattle. In many cases those cut-down areas stretch for many hundreds of meters! These scenes made Ilta really sad, not sustainable forestry at all! :(<br />
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    When we have a break Lyra is always the first who wants to drink some water.<br />
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    We hit the scenic road coast (A836) towards Thurso and in the middle of nowhere was this telephone box... ok, why not?<br />
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    At the evening of Thursday the 27th of June we reached Thurso where we decided to go another time for camping. There was only a little wind and the air felt fresh and mild, how lovely for a change! The camping site is directly at the beach/cliff promenade and offers a cool view towards the Atlantic Ocean.<br />
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    Basically just behind the tent (with only a tiny stone wall and the promenade in between) there was a steep cliff and one could see the rocks on the bottom in low tide. BTW - we were able to capture a UFO which seemed to be heading towards Orkney ;)<br />
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    Evening atmosphere at the camping place with the light tower of Dunnet Head in the background. That was the evening before the storm. The night brought stormy winds and heavy rain and this continued until mid of next day. No way to find any sleep! All the time the <i>flapdiflapdiflap</i> of the tent. On a positive note there are no midges either when the weather is like this :D<br />
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    Wolfi needed a rest as well :)&nbsp;As you can see it was rather chilly even though the sun was shining.&nbsp;</div>
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    Lyra invented a new kind of ball dance.&nbsp;Click <a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Pictures-Europe/29433530_KwXtnk/2616391552_QmhPVjJ" target="_blank">here</a> to watch it.<br />
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    Our last night in Thurso was very windy and I was freezing the whole night. Consequently I was not feeling too great the next morning. Additionally (or not?) I had some stomach problems. It was time to get out of Thurso. The weather was ok and after a short stop at Lidl we headed towards Dunnet Head and John O'Groats.<br />
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    According to Wikipedia Dunnet Head "includes the most northerly point of the mainland of Great Britain". Besides the lighthouse and a few left over buildings from WW2, the birds form the main attractions. So we went there, had a small walk and took a few pictures.</div>
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    Next stop was John O'Groats and I got a big deja-vu from the North Cape. One tourist shop besides another, the "lands-end" sign was fenced and they want to take your money for taking a picture of it. The main reason I wanted to go there was that <a href="http://longwayround.com/" target="_blank">Long Way Down</a> started from there. Good that the limited space on our bikes deny souvenir shopping ;) Well we did our "I have been here pictures" and hit the road again.</div>
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    The beginning of the A99 did not offer anything special.&nbsp;Honestly I got bored with those streets, one scenic highway/road after the next are nice... I was missing some action. Skippy as well.&nbsp;We found some promising gravel roads on the map and based on my GPS the road was not a through road. That sounded exciting and we went for it. After several kilometers of country side riding we were finally at the point where the gravel road started. It was such a narrow track and full of holes that we could only go with moderate speed (we did not intend to test the durability of our bikes).</div>
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    A few kilometres later we came to a halt on a barrier... "road only for private vehicles blabla blabla blabla... get permission from the caretaker" or so... The gate was unlocked and so we went through as the gravel road looked very promising on the other side of the fence :D<br />
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    We kept on going and passed through one or two wide open gates, some highlighting that no vehicles allowed beyond this point and the gate might be locked at any time. OK - we took our chances. At the one and only crossing we went straight towards a house and there was even in bigger letters no unauthorised vehicles and no motorcycles (damn, they could read our mind) - ok it was time for a U-turn and we took the other road at that crossing.<br />
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    The street ended on my GPS already a few km ago. I put my GPS to OFFROAD mode and we followed the temptation to continue our adventure along the forbidden trail. I started to run low on fuel and based on my GPS it was about 8km before the official road started again with a filling station a bit later.<br />
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    We enjoyed the ride in a moderate speed, the sheep were a bit more sensitive (not used to so many vehicles passing by) and the landscape was stunning as earlier. Here would have been many opportunities for wild camping or find shelter in one of the abandoned-looking houses. We passed several open gates and felt lucky... until we came to the last gate. It was locked with a solid chain and an expensive looking number-lock. Damn - would we now really have to go back all the way and make a 62km detour to hit the same point from the other side? Did the land-owners in the meantime lock down the other gates behind us??? The reason I was low on fuel was that some of the filling stations ceased to exist so that might spice up our situation even more.</div>
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    As a son of a blacksmith I looked at the gate a little closer and found that we could lift the gate out of the hinges ;)&nbsp;In worst case I would need to dig out my scissor jack to get the required leverage. We tried to lift it together and lucky us the gate had almost no weight. 2 minutes later we magically passed through the (already again closed and put back into place) gate. I am not sure what is the point of those remote located telephone boxes... maybe to call the smithy to break the lock???&nbsp;</div>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cooking with a view ;)</td></tr>
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    At the last day of June we drove to Ullapool and had many nice single track roads. Those are always good for some adrenalin. Two vehicles moving at 50-80km/h from opposite direction and some drivers seemed to see an opportunity to play a little "chicken" game.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cute little island in Lairg.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The ruins of the Ardvreck Castle at A837.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">It's said to be haunted, but unfortunately we didn't meet any ghosts...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Properly equipped biker :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Calda House next to the castle.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">My room... with a doll :D</td></tr>
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    Finding a place to stay in Ullapool was more difficult then expected. Many had accommodation available but not for us... "Ouh you got doooogs... sorry we don't do dogs" ...maybe over there..? I felt like the famous vacuum-cleaner sales guy who knocks his way from door to door. After searching for about one hour we finally found a nice en-suite B&amp;B (we took it without the breakfast) and we stayed two nights since I was still feeling lousy.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Girls got their own couch</td></tr>
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    I was basically the whole time in bed while Skippy took care of me and the girls and enjoyed some nice walks on the hills. She also got a great plan for the rest of the trip... Skippy has been very disappointed with Scotland: cold weather, raiped landscape, sheep everywhere (we all know what really happens to them!), poor veggie selection in shops.... so she needed to get a new aspect to enjoy the country. Skippy "the film geek" had a great idea to travel through Britain (and rest of the world) by visiting famous <a href="http://www.movie-locations.com/index.html" target="_blank">movie locations</a> :) This we actually did in a small scale few years ago in New Zealand.</div>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Why does Great Britain need English and Scottish pounds...? Especially when they're worth the same!</td></tr>
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    We took the scenic road from Ullapool towards Isle of Skye and faced the even bigger challenge to find an accommodation especially since we wanted to stay several days in one place. No dogs. No dogs. No dogs... I cannot remember on how many doorbells I rang in order to hear "we don't do dogs". In the end somebody had mercy and by paying a premium on the room price (the highest so far on our trip) we found a B&amp;B place in Kyleakin for two nights. This time the search took almost two hours and I already had several walks in various places. Enough was enough and I was ready to pay, get out of the rain and rest.</div>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-VBkqkVk/0/X2/20130702_007_2-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-VBkqkVk/0/X2/20130702_007_2-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">My first blooper, getting stuck with the sidecar in the ditch.</td></tr>
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    The movie "Highlander" is one of our big favourites! It was shot in various places across Scotland and we wanted to explore one of the locations on the Isle of Skye: Cioch in the Cuillin Hills&nbsp;near Glenbrittle&nbsp;(see this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTD9hAlvals" target="_blank">clip</a> 2:43 onwards). It was drizzling and cloudy as usually and we decided to stay on the beach to have a play with the dogs instead. No point of going to the top of a mountain which is covered by clouds!</div>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-g2GzSMR/0/X2/20130703_072-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-g2GzSMR/0/X2/20130703_072-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Cuillins in clouds.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Playing ball with Lyra.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Ulpu - the frisbee monster.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-4wm6QsQ/0/X2/20130703_036-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-4wm6QsQ/0/X2/20130703_036-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Trash at the beach - remember no fouling!<br />
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    <span style="font-size: small;">Everywhere is signs about picking up the dog poo, but what about littering humans!? Isn't plastic trash much worse than organic shit?!</span></div>
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    <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody>
    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-pRNmqsm/0/X2/20130703_102-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-pRNmqsm/0/X2/20130703_102-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">This monster just runs to the most closest person to throw the frisbee...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-p8QBt9n/0/X2/20130703_113-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-p8QBt9n/0/X2/20130703_113-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Magic forest with full of human shit and litter.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-xjPZ2GQ/0/X2/20130703_132-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-xjPZ2GQ/0/X2/20130703_132-X2.jpg" width="426" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">...and where did this come from? Does Robin Hood live nearby..? ;)</td></tr>
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    Next morning we were heading towards Fort William and our next Highlander movie location - the Eilean Donan Castle (also used eg. in Bond films). The castle had quite a history and after being not used for about 200 years, it was rebuilt between 1912-1932.&nbsp;Judging from the movie we imagined the castle bigger than in reality. Nevertheless once we walked inside it was impressive, big and gave us a good picture of how life was in earlier times. We continued on the scenic routes and next stop was Fort William.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Eilean Donan Castle</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cool bridge towards the castle.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Complicated inner yard with many corners.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Old building with some modern elements.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cool looking bench along the parking place.</td></tr>
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    ... and it was not until Fort William that we noticed a major problem with Skippy's bike.<br />
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    &#8764; Wolfi</div>
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    On the road towards Fort William was a sign 'Victoria Falls', so out of curiosity Wolfi wanted to see is it anything compared to THE Victoria Falls... Not even close, but anyway we were in a need of a break and some lunch...<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">It's really amazing how much this sort of scenery we've seen already... :(</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Victoria Falls in Scotland.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">We didn't take the free creams!!!</td></tr>
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    Delicious and healthy lunch! Scottish strawberries are almost comparable
    to Finnish ones. Strawberries grown below those latitudes are just horrible!
    Most likely because of too short days. Btw. what is this need to pack everything heavily in plastic?! Sadly it's extremely difficult to find any loose fruits or veggies here! Just hurts my heart :( When ever there is loose veggies etc. we definitely enjoy them and shock the cashiers with our eco-friendly washable bags :D Oh, and some days ago one cashier even asked us, that wouldn't we rather have the cheaper normal sweet peppers than the organic ones we had chosen!!! OMG!!! <br />
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    Our original plan after Isle of Skye was to go to the Glen Nevis camping place for few days and take it easy... but it was raining (again!) basically the whole day, especially heavily when we arrived to Fort William and I was also in rather big pains (the Alien, as I call it), so we decided to see if we find something bit nicer... and this time it didn't even take that long! After just few knockings on the doors and some convincing talk Wolfi found us this almost luxurious house to stay and have a 'vacation'!<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Ben Nevis in the background in the clouds.</td></tr>
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    So now we are right at the foots of Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis is right opposite the street, where I can enjoy my daily skinny dips :) We have proper bedroom, kitchen, guest room and a rather big living room and from every window beautiful forest/mountain views! Couldn't be much more luxurious! I can also enjoy some proper cooking for a change and experiment new recipes, which have been in my head for a way too long already. Some delicious food ideas coming in the next blog entries...<br />
    <br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-zKBL6vS/0/X2/20130704_174-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-zKBL6vS/0/X2/20130704_174-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The backyard. </td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-KzfMFfc/0/X2/20130704_161-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-KzfMFfc/0/X2/20130704_161-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Almost like back home :)</td></tr>
    </tbody></table>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-LQKW2nb/0/X2/20130704_166-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-LQKW2nb/0/X2/20130704_166-X2.jpg" width="426" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Proper kitchen and washing machine: great luxury after B&amp;B's and camping places!</td></tr>
    </tbody></table>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-KVzj8mb/0/X2/20130706_196-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-KVzj8mb/0/X2/20130706_196-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Our upstairs neighbors :)</td></tr>
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    <br />
    We came here last Thursday and will be staying until this week Saturday.
    Plan is to take it easy and recharge our batteries, but also finally
    enjoy some nice hiking in the mountains! Thursday went with settling in
    and making huge amount of laundry, but Friday we finally had the very
    first totally dry day here in Scotland (after 13 days of more or less
    constant rain!) and instantly we had to enjoy it! So we did a 5.6km walk
    which gave us small preview of the footpath to the top of Ben Nevis. We
    had a big plan to climb up there on this trip, but now after few days
    of watching how the girls are doing on these hills we're not too sure
    anymore. Hertta is very old and gets tired easily, Ulpu has bad knee
    problem (born with it) and Lyra has her own (mental)problems... So
    16km/8h -trip would be most likely way too much for them and it's also
    not nice to leave them inside for that time if we'd do it alone. We'll
    rather do easier walks in the forest and by the river :)<br />
    <br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-Sm9zCWT/0/X2/20130706_003-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-Sm9zCWT/0/X2/20130706_003-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Short Saturday walk by the river and it's about to rain soon!</td></tr>
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    <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody>
    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-thLTt6p/0/X2/20130706_004-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-thLTt6p/0/X2/20130706_004-X2.jpg" width="480" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">It took me a moment to really understand this 'display', just sounds so
    funny :) Again, what about all the plastics trash found around this
    sign...?</td></tr>
    </tbody></table>
    <br />
    Saturday was again raining. What a surprise! We had a good excuse to just lazy around and enjoy good food. I did gluten free chocolate cake (version of <a href="http://www.sauerkraut-tofuwurst.com/2013/06/first-cake-of-trip.html" target="_blank">this</a> recipe) and excellent <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/06/10/pineapple-upside-down-pancakes/" target="_blank">pineapple upside down pancakes</a> inspired by my favourite chocolate covered girl: Katie! :D In the evening we watched Braveheart for inspiration and anyway it was about time that Wolfi saw it! Luckily our extremely nice host had the DVD and was kind enough to borrow it. Actually we asked for Highlander, but he couldn't find it so he brought Braveheart... well done, obviously he understood the point, both shot in these same surroundings! :D<br />
    <br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-c7VF5QN/0/X2/20130706_190-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-c7VF5QN/0/X2/20130706_190-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Yummy pineapple upside down pancakes!</td></tr>
    </tbody></table>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-8ZqNd8j/0/X2/20130708_006-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-8ZqNd8j/0/X2/20130708_006-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Local beers we've enjoyed, all quite ok.</td></tr>
    </tbody></table>
    <br />
    Sunday was our wedding anniversary and lucky us, the summer came! Finally! We walked a nice, but rather exhausting 7km/3h Cow Hill circuit. In the evening we had an interesting movie experience in a truck! I saw advertisement of <a href="http://www.screenmachine.co.uk/about-screen-machine/" target="_blank">this</a> already in Ullapool and wanted definitely to experience it at least once. It was all well worth it, very good sound and picture quality, and once the movie started you didn't realize at all that you were in a truck! I really loved the experience and got plenty of great ideas for future... (if we settle down one day and I have to start to think about work... ;))<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Happy hikers at the top of the Cow Hill. Ben Nevis at the background and UFO (again!) above it :D</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">This is close to our house, unfortunately didn't find Mel Gibsons footprints...</td></tr>
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    <br />
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-P5Dzk89/0/X2/20130707_027-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-P5Dzk89/0/X2/20130707_027-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The movie truck and a parking place right on the door steps :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-PgWTLn8/0/X2/20130707_003-X2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-PgWTLn8/0/X2/20130707_003-X2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Place for 80 customers, with surprisingly good sound and picture and comfortable chairs!</td></tr>
    </tbody></table>
    <br />
    Yesterday the summer got even better! About +22C and whole day sunshine. After some huge grocery shopping we enjoyed delicious strawberries and cherries in the sun and tried not to look suspicious behind our huge umbrella... Well girl got to have her lineless tanning somehow ;) In the evening we had again lovely walk by the riverside and found a peaceful spot to rest and have a swim. I love swimming, I mean I REALLY LOVE IT! Especially the natural way... so of course I had to have a skinny dip...&nbsp; couple of times... and will most likely have every single evening here! :) The water is amazingly warm even though it comes straight from the mountains and so clear and peaceful, really pleasant! Girls also had plenty of fun there and as usual we had to tease them a bit by throwing their sticks into the water...<br />
    <br />
    Today we had visitors from Shanghai! Wolfis friend from Germany and his Chinese wife, who also happen to have a small tour now in Scotland. Luckily they found some time for us from their busy schedule and came for a cuppa and a chat :)<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wolle, Nicole, Wolfi and me ...and Lyra wanting to play with the stick :) </td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr>
    </tbody></table>
    <br />
    Tonight we had some more swimming (of course!) with wet T-shirt photoshoot... have to have some fun occasionally ;) and even Wolfi finally got rid of his 'winter fur'! Wolfi has also been busy fixing my bike and he'll tell more about it later.... <br />
    <br />
    Ilta<br />
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  20. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Happy trails! Your living the dream! :clap
    I love that you took your dogs with you. Awesome!
    I am on a one year adventure, and my little girl has to stay with her friends back home
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