VIA MEDITERRA - The journey around the Med with an HP2

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

  1. GSGIRL

    GSGIRL Neither here nor there

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    I'd be better if I was riding the world instead of doing business around the world. Last week, Mexico. This week, Montreal. Next week Australia...

    Not a bad way to make a living though!

    Thanks for the pics!
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  2. Ben Carufel

    Ben Carufel Boxer Addict

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    Sounds like a rough life.

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  3. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Mexico, Montral, 4700kms, one week .... are you still riding the beemer? Should work :1drink
    Ok, 'stralia needs a day longer ...
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  4. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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  5. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    That little incident near Les Saint Maries led me straight to the next workshop in Nîmes. The mechanic tells me to go downtown, enjoy a meal and come back in two hours ...

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    I do as I'm told and place myself near the roman amphitheater which is nowadays still in use for bullfights.

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    Bullfights? France? Is that not a spanish thing? Right. And Right!

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    Watching the scenery I several times have the impression that mind misleads me. Is this still France? Or is it already Northern Africa? Memories from other journeys come to my mind. Sometimes they mix up and leave me irritated. Not everything is as it appears to be. Even more, not everything I see is where I expect it to be. A journey into stereotypes ... I'll try to look more behind things from now on.

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    I did a little collection of pictures that I call "parallels" from the journey trying to point out what I mean.

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    Nice, France -- Nador, Morocco



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    Greenhouse canvas, El Ejido, Spain -- Stairs, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia



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    Queribus, France -- Palmyra, Syria

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    Perpignan, France -- Cairo, Egypt

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    Library, Alexandria, Egypt -- Cinema, Valencia, Spain


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    Walls, Tangiers, Morocco -- Walls, Aleppo, Syria


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    Gibraltar (British) -- Beirut, Lebanon


    Ok, back to Nîmes, back to the workshop: The mechanic tells me that it was the starter button that had malfunction. 300 Euros disappear from my vacation fund...
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  6. GSGIRL

    GSGIRL Neither here nor there

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    Still riding the 1150GS :D
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  7. GSGIRL

    GSGIRL Neither here nor there

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    PS: I have also ridden a few more places since Africa :wink:

    Hijack off.

    Thank you again Dirk for your wonderful perspective!
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  8. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Good on you!
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  9. ar1814

    ar1814 Been here awhile

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    Ouch ! This thread is awesome ! Looking forward to seeing what's coming next !
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  10. pamplonika

    pamplonika Spritfresser

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    Hi,

    great photos, great job.
    By the way, you owe me a new keyboard, I could not keep my drool at the great photos of the meal :evil


    pamplonika
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  11. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Hi pamplonika,
    greetings from the neighbourhood ;-) Keybord could be done on the 17. or 18. November in Sundern. I'll be there ...
    http://www.motorradkarawane.de/appointments/choose


    Cheers from Essen

    Dirk
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  12. Mr Pif

    Mr Pif Adventurer

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    fotos for excibition!

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  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    good lord you take the most amazing pictures.
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  14. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    I'm leaving kktos, Nîmes (the origin of Denim) and La Grande Motte behind (for now) because I have an appointment with two friends, Guido and Sandra, in nearby Spain.

    I follow the coastline where possible. A lot of Étangs (lagoons) like the Étang de Prevost accompany me along the way. What appears to be flat buildings is the roman Cathedral of Maguelonne. Can you imagine that this place was once ruled by an Arabian Caliphat? Well, Arabian is not really correct, it was the Almohads, a Berber-Dynasty coming from nowadays Morocco. They controlled Maguelonne and vast coastal areas in Spain in the 8th century.

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    In one of the many little harbours I spot this sailboat. There are some ideas of the owner that I like. The barrel ... :freaky

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    ... and the name of the boat (Jusqu'au Bout - Till the End)


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    Right after the border, the landscape get much more hilly. Guido, Sandra and me are heading to the northwesternmost spot of Spain, the Cap de Creus.

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    Rocky sections turn into pine-tree forest with their magnificent aroma.

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    Between the Cap and Rosas are some pretty tracks. Perfect for loaded beemers :lol3

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    Bringing you a bit closer to the action ...

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    We share two excellent days, then Guido and Sandra head further south. Me, I return to France, still awaiting the arrival of the white HP2.
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  15. GSGIRL

    GSGIRL Neither here nor there

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    That's grossly understated!
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  16. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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  17. pamplonika

    pamplonika Spritfresser

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    Hi kimangao,
    good news. :clapI will try to come with friend. It is not so far away from my home. (Ihmert)

    cu
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  18. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    oh ! that's low... that hurts !
    I'm still waiting for some lessons on location ! :evil
    oh, but at those dates you will be some ride reports ahead of this one ! ;)
    you'll have to come again ;) What a pain to follow the stories of this man <|8oD
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  19. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Hi Ben,
    a Manfrotto 055CLB with a #128 head. Some of the cheapest Manfrotto offers. But it's solid and fits on my rear bag.

    Cheers

    Dirk
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  20. Kiwi Dave

    Kiwi Dave Beemer Boy

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    Like yourself I too love to share the stories and images collected along the journey. Just yesterday I started accumulating three years worth of snapshots and proper photography in a new thread called Growing Adventures .
    It over on the New Zealand regions forum as the collection is all from NZ.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=834695

    I absolutely love your photography and find it inspirational to push my own boundaries with the camera lens.
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