USBYGS on the road...

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by USBYGS, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. USBYGS

    USBYGS Riding the World

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    okay, first day on the road and on the bike... So nice that it is running so well! We are in the Alsace region drinking a local white after riding the hills with a local rider who we rented a flat from. I will post pics when I get on Gina's computer. This no camping thing is difficult $$$ but it siure makes HER happy. Do it before we retire I say! Then it is back to eating cat food, drinking box wine, and tenting.... Ahhh, the good ol' days. We are in Trunkheim.
  2. USBYGS

    USBYGS Riding the World

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    This is what we saw when we arrived - some ol' 15 year old scooter!
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    Just the basics, oil-battery-brakes.... you know the routine
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    Concerned about this little battery... seems to be working after bringing it over in my carry on bag!
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  3. USBYGS

    USBYGS Riding the World

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  4. USBYGS

    USBYGS Riding the World

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    Breakfast?
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  5. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    I followed last year's escapade, loved every minute of it, and have been waiting for this to get started.......color me IN ! :thumb
  7. USBYGS

    USBYGS Riding the World

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    So we are in chateneauf du pap the city. Arguably the best wine. Not to debate, but one of the most exspensive. How to make room on e bike to carry a bottle around for 6 weeks to cellar at home... Of course we have one to drink now!

    We will stay in the Provence area for the next couple weeks. Will post photos and more with better internet later I hope! (For those checking, I don't have Facebook either!)
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    I'M STARTIN' TO HATE YOU 2...LOVE YA' THO!!! HAVE A BALL!!!
  9. USBYGS

    USBYGS Riding the World

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    It is the little things that you try and remember on each trip, the routine of parking the bike in an unfamiliar area and locking it up for the night (and still worrying about it), packing up the bike, finding a bakery for the morning bread or coffee, traffic patterns and rules, drinking more water (heat & wine takes a toll!), and the sound, quirks, and feel of this bike... I am getting better about just telling myself that it is a typical boxer sound. And I almost believe it!

    We wondered the village of Chateauneuf du Pape and found a wonderful bakery run by Marie... I think we were just adopted as she kept bringing us more pastries and coffee and was very giddy about us and Alaska. Cost? 4 Euro. And we made Marie's day while she made ours.

    We ended with a bottle of wine from there to cellar (yeah, now I have to carry it for weeks), a couple ready to drink, and a few more from local areas. NO ROOM FOR WINE is an issue. and not being able to bring it home to share is the other. It is new to me to buy $20-30 euro wine instead of 3-4 euro... damn this region! Yep, get what you pay for. Try buying this at home and the price is at least double if you can find it!

    Off to enjoy the day in the village of L'Isle sure la Sorgue. For those wondering, no sign of any refugee's or issues related so far...
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    USBYGS Riding the World

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    USBYGS Riding the World

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    USBYGS Riding the World

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    We are officially in the Provence area! Yesterday we had a 18 mile ride to our next place and with time burn we rode for a bit. 200 miles later, fields of vines, olives, cherry trees, and lavender... Most of the roads were small and not so straight - good day for both of us!

    Our current hacienda is a flat added onto a restored farmhouse that is centuries old. The olive tree in the yard is 400 years old and the yard is a wonderful olfactory mix of fragrant flowers and herbs - and very busy bees working them! BBQing outside last night was a highlight with our 2004 Clos du Mont-Olivet from Chateauneuf du Pape... Wow! Not the typical swill I am used to for sure!

    We are in the country side so we will be riding to surrounding sites and villages. I have a load of picts uploading now so they will be posted later... Gotta go enjoy the day while you enjoy the night!
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    USBYGS Riding the World

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    In the Chateauneuf du Pape region the vines grow in rocky soil. The rocks on the surface absorb the warmth from the sun during the day and stays warm into the night. Very strict regulations for the vineyards here such as you are only allowed to irrigate your vines twice a year if you get a permit (for dry summers).
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    USBYGS Riding the World

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    USBYGS Riding the World

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    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    USBYGS Riding the World

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    Always enjoying Tom's add on's!

    Two good morning-early afternoon rides in this area. Exploring small villages, small roads, and big markets. So far we have avoided the bigger towns where Euro Cup games are. They are very close to us. Riots in one town with Russian and English fans...

    Orlando. Really hard to explain to people over here. Hard to comprehend that it happens so often in our country...
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  19. USBYGS

    USBYGS Riding the World

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    A little bike maintenance to find some rattle that has been buggin me. Very slight but you know to is there. Found the skid plate loose - 3 of the 4 nuts loose. The 4th nut was gone. Uhhh, some idiot didn't tighten them after the oil change probably... We will find the missing one at the local hardware store I am thinking.

    Today we ride to the coast, make a big day trip out of it. Gas has been easy to find and about 1.40 euro a liter give or take a dime. Been running super 95 and sometimes super 98. I think that is similar to 87/90 at home. Engine doesn't seem too picky on it unless I put in super 95/E10...

    I have been using autolite 3923 for years and found them the best for this 1150. No surging with these. Even better the last few years has been the iridium 3923's. This years oil is Mobil 15-50 synth. Basic car oil. My favorite to use on this bike but I have to bring it over in my luggage. With my wet clutches at home I use rotella t6 with no issues. Oil is expensive over here...

    I have avoided checking the valves for two trips now and it is on my mind. They are always on or close but I still think about it. So, when I have the right place and time it will happen. Impressed with the tiny battery. Took lots of pads to make it fit snug since it is about 1/3 the size and no weight. I was worried it would not be up to the task so save the size matters jokes! It cost less than $100...

    The rear anakee 3 is running well with the 2 year old conti attack. The last of the conti's I brought over that Barb sold dirt cheap some years back...

    We now have a new sim for the phone so it works in France. Just in case or to call our next place if needed. 30 euros for a month and maybe 10 to reboot if we need after that.

    Time to roll out. Try to picture up this site later tonight!
  20. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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