VIA MEDITERRA - The journey around the Med with an HP2

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by kimangao, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. BSTT

    BSTT Adventurer

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    Dirk your photos are outstanding (with or without bike)!:clap:clap
    Even more considering, how you had to make them.

    Two made it now to the front page sampler of advrider, that was overdue.
    My favourite:


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    Ciao Gero
  2. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Hi Scub,
    regarding the book I've sent you a pm.

    Cheers

    Dirk
  3. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Ok, here's the little story of that picture:
    As you know I often ride alone and take the pics with the help of a tripod and a timer. That means for this picture that I've set up the camera on the edge of the canyon, started the timer and rode down into the valley.

    When I was about to ride into position (where I am in this picture) I saw the tripod with the camera ... and a car stopping next to it :huh

    Forget about all the Michael Schuhmachers and Sebastian Vettels! They would have eaten my dust. I arrive next to the car with a locked rear tyre just in the moment the driver puts camera and tripod in the trunk :yikes
    Our little conversation

    Me: "Excuse me Sir, but this is my camera."
    Him: "No, no! I have seen it first!"

    What would you have done now?

    I tried to convince him showing him the tankbag, where another camera was in and that was missing something having exactly the shape of the camera he already had in his car.

    In the end, he returned the whole gear to me, phew! That was close ...


    Cheers


    Dirk
  4. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    Make sure you have some pics of yourself and your bike on the memory card so they can't say it's not yours.

    If you can get away with resting the camera on a wall or something (instead of using the tripod), then maybe you can disguise the camera somehow?
  5. Goran69

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl

    I thought about this many times when I was looking at your photos. How does he do it alone...Now I know the answer.....You are buying a lot of cameras

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  6. true grip

    true grip Been here awhile

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    Love the picture even more with the back story. Great work
  7. pip_muenster

    pip_muenster curious

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    The 1st photo on every memory card shows my business card with contact details as a JPG (business address, not the home address). It's write protected, so I can't delete it by accident. There are enough people in this world who would like to return a lost camera, and if this helps them I'm happy to waste 1MB of storage space.

    Great photos and story, by the way!
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  8. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos Been here awhile

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    That's a great idea, I'll have to do that as well :)
  9. pamplonika

    pamplonika Spritfresser

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    No problem kimangao,

    to such problems out of the way, I suggest you take me for your next trip with a companion. No, I will not have a negative answer.:lol3

    By the way, great photos;-)

    cu
    pamplonika
  10. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Thank you everybody for your helpful comments. I'll do the first pic-trick from now on, too. But I think that will help in the moment you have the camera in your hands to show it to somebody. If the camera remains in a trunk ...

    Anyway, great idea!

    Cheers

    Dirk
  11. hobes

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    Hi Dirk,

    this picture seemed quite familiar to me as I saw it when I visited your report at Mundologia in Freiburg several weeks ago

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    quite poor pics, I know

    if you follow the coastline for several kilometers consequently, you got nice trails (maybe not for a HP2:D)

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  12. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Thank you Hobes,
    the planet has become really small. From Mundologia to Adv and then sharing pics and stories from a tiny Spanish coast road... Are you in Spain right now?

    Cheers

    Dirk
  13. hobes

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    Hi Dirk,


    that's nice.

    No I'm in Freiburg. We were the only vistors at your report who came with the bike at this f****** cold january evening :nod:nod.

    I must admit the pictures were taken round christmas 2006. I was there in 2006 and 2007 for some winter offroad riding with nice temperatures :wings.
    You missed there a nice spot for a good shot (maybe not the only one when you travel round the mediterrenian :wink::evil:D).

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    but enough with poor pictures of mine in this fantastic thread.


    cheers

    Jörg
  14. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Hi Jörg,
    I knew about the spot and the vickers. But you're right: There are many places I've missed. But that's always a good reason to come back again :D

    Gute Zeit!

    Dirk
  15. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Leaving Morocco and arriving again in Spain means first of all to meet Claudia, of good friend of mine who has come to visit me for a few days.

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    We cruise through the back country to beautiful Ronda ...

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    ... and through mules paradise.

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    I don't want to miss any country even if it is very small. So we're cueing at the border post of Gibraltar like everyone else. To me there are several aspects that range somewhere between humoristic and bizarre.

    First is the border control:
    "Your passports please!" (So far so good)
    "Where do you come from?" (Is he jooking? Or doesn't he know at which border he's working?)
    "Where are you going to?" (Same same but different ;-) And: Gibraltar is a dead end. So what?)

    Just for the sake of completeness: Leaving Gibraltar some hours later we bump into the same officer and he asks the same questions. Hilarious!

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    Second: The numberplates. They show - even if you didn't know before - that Gibraltar is part of the European Union. At the same time Gibraltar is (since 1713) a British Overseas Territory, meaning a crown colony. Isn't that funny? We (the Europeans) are living in the 21st century and we're still having colonies. In Europe. I'm not saying this is good or bad. I'm just wondering what geopolitical bizarreness we're indulging ourselves in. Similar story with the Spanish cities Ceuta (1580) and Melilla (1497) in Northern Africa.

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    Whatever you think about Gibraltar, the climate is definitely better than in the UK.

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    A hearty welcome at the town hall.

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    Gibraltar is lacking space. About 4500 people share a sqaure kilometre, more than in most other places in the world.

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    On the other hand Gibraltar, though very small, seems to be very liberal. The construction of a mosque on the very small and densly populated territory was possible.

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    We're leaving Gibraltar with mixed emotions. Best will be to cool down a bit :lol3

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    Have a nice one

    Cheers

    Dirk
  16. hobes

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    I should have known that :gerg
  17. kimangao

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    Gibraltar seems to be the southernmost point on the Ibrerian peninsula. But that's Tarifa. So I'm heading a bit back to the the narrowest spot of the Strait of Gibraltar. The Strait separates Spain from Morocco and links the Mediterranean with the Atlantic. At the surface, water surges in from the Atlantic at a rate equivalent to 240 Niagara Falls. The water travels anticlockwise around the Mediterranean for 180 years, in which time it becomes ever more salty. As a result the water becomes heavier, sinks, and flows through the depths of the Strait of Gibraltar back out into the Atlantic.

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    The Strait is on eof the busiest waterways of the planet (88.000 ships per year) and at the same time a favourite habitat for dolphins and whales.

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    In Tarifa is home to research programm on sea mammals called firmmm.org. They offer cruises for the public with the researchers for a small amount of money. So I was lucky to get very close to these astonishing beauties.
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    Once in Tarifa I cannot miss an important place of history the Cabo de Trafalgar. In 1805 the British fleet defeatet here the joint Spanish-French (the Armada) fleet. This battle stopped Napoleon from his plan to invade Britain and contributed indirectly to his defeat on the European mainland.

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    Tarifa is a “high wind area”. With a width of fourteen kilometres, the Strait of Gibraltar is at its narrowest near Tarifa. Winds such as the Levante and Poniente are squeezed through the strait as if through a nozzle.

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    With wind forces regularly reaching 6 to 9, the southernmost point on the European mainland has found its way onto the maps of many windsurfers and kite surfers. In the background you can still see the mountains of Morocco.
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    It's a very calm and warm evening that I spent in Tarifa waiting for ...

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    ... Richard! He has a few days off and we'll do some kms together.
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    Near Tarifa we noticed some rare traffic signs :lol3
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    The backcountry is full of Sierras and it's real fun to ride on these perfect roads unless ...

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    ... you bump into some moving obstacles.

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    Aaaah, those roads!

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    Well, that wasn't us. Bad luck though!

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    This canyon, the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, is a special one. No road goes into it but in former days a way led through it, known as the Camino del Rey. Some people call it the most dangerous way on earth.
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    It's not my footage but for an impression of the Camino del Rey there's a little video:

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    When the sun is about to set I take a little offroad section while Richard and the Harley remain on the tar.

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    This is one of my favourite sunset pictures.

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    I hops you've enjoyed todays chapter.

    Cheers!

    Dirk
  18. kave

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    Fantastic again Dirk. Fantastic colors in your pictures.
  19. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Very nice!
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    Each chapter is like getting a piece of the best candy in the world every few weeks! We wish we could have it every day but it takes time to make it and we wouldn't want to settle for a rush job, would we? No, as hard as it is to be patient, each chapter you post proves that patience is abundantly rewarded!! Thank you!!! :clap:clap:clap