Wandering Wolsly, a 100 day trip through Europe, Russia and the Caucasus

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by Wolsly, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Wolsly

    Wolsly Adventurer

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    Well that is it, my last shift just ended. :clap
    That means no more work for me for 16 weeks.....uhm well not at my job that is.
    A couple of prep days and then I will be on my way.
    It feels unreal and I am both anxious and nervous.
    Nothing to be scared off yet, but I keep the anxiety-O-meter close by.
    Some more bike-prep-stuff photo's coming soon as there are still some things to sort out on the bike.
    Keep you posted....


    Cheers
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  2. Wolsly

    Wolsly Adventurer

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    The last bits and pieces have been done on the bike, new rear brakedisk, new engine oil and filter.

    Here is a close-up pic of the old disk:

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    The new disk fitted:

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    Now the rear brake brakes like shit....... thanks dad :rofl

    Out with the old oil and filter:

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    Coming Monday new tires will be fitted and then Wednesday I am off.......
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  3. Wolsly

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    RR will be coming your way shortly.

    Cheers

    Wolsly
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  4. Two Plugs

    Two Plugs Long timer

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    Have a great trip! Thumbs up. :clap
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  5. Wolsly

    Wolsly Adventurer

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  6. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    Rock 'n roll, enjoy your trip! :thumb
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  7. Wolsly

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    Hi,

    Well Europe will be done tomorrow, I am now in Kharkiv and will cross the border with Russia tomorrow.
    So far so good, no problems with me the bike or with the well known Ukrainian police.

    Some teaser pics:

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    The road so far:

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    Cheers
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  8. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    Road-trip hairdo! Gotta remember that one for coming year :D

    Curious about the rest of the pics!
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  9. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos brb

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    Just found this thread, will try to read up on you website posts to check your progress over the past (and future) months.
    Quick note: if you need a place to stay in Belgium (I doubt it as you'll be smelling your own place when you get here), give me a holler :)
    I'm hoping to do a similar trip (though much smaller) next summer, belgium to the black sea in romania (or maybe a bit further till ukraine) and back (details here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=829456) so I could use your stories as reference :)
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  10. Wolsly

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    It is hard to find time to do both my website and do a RR here on ADV so just some more teaser pics for you guys and this winter I will do a proper RR.

    Wolsly made it to Russia:

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    Cheers

    Wolsly
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  11. alexgg

    alexgg Been here awhile

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  12. Wolsly

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    Thanks man!!!
    Thats the way to help a fellow traveler.
    Luckily for me your link is being blocked by the hotel or higher powers I do not know about.
    But so far all the Russians I have met seem to have other thoughts about that.
    Keep on helping, my friend

    Cheers
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  13. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    Ignore idiots who just pass along erroneous information. If one person croaks while anywhere near a motorcycle they will condemn and entire continent as dangerous. I mean, how many people got mugged in "safe" US or Western European cities last week? Should we avoid them??


    When I told folks I was riding from Germany to Tbilisi, Georgia last month, I was told it was a crazy idea - that I would be eaten by cannibals practically! Well, I did the ride, and except for the fact that the drivers in Georgia ARE insane and unsafe (to put it mildly) I had a great ride. Of course the roads in Georgia are crap and my rear shock strut is now busted but that's because I overloaded the pig....

    Have a great ride.
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  14. Two Plugs

    Two Plugs Long timer

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    Agree with Hendrik above.
    I've been in Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, etc etc, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho often (both by bike and car) and nothing happened, despite all the warnings from 'concerned people' (you know them, the type who gives advices based on non-experiences and filthy rich tourists who are mugged... :wink: ) nothing happened.

    Just use your common sence and be aware. And above all... Enjoy the trip - in every aspect!
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