We are gone, another trip over a long distance (going RTW)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Thomas B., Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Thomas B.

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    Ok guys, this is the story: we have bin planning another long trip for a couple of years an 2 days ago on Sunday 17.04.2016 we closed the door of our house behind us, started the engines, and left not knowing when we will come back.

    The last year has been a hard one with many many hours of motorbike work - rebuilding 2 old bike is not done in a weekend (there is a thread on this in the thumper section), 2 small operations (eyes and thumb), and alot of personal problems - so I am not really in the full travelling mood yet. That hopefully will change. But you don´t want to hear about this so lets get started.

    I know I am not very good at doing reports while I am on the road, so I will probably not post very frequently, but I will try to keep you updated at least every once in a while.

    At the moment we are sitting on the ferry from Italy (Venice) to Greece (Igoumenitsa) and then it is all the way east untill we get our feet wet in the pacific ocean. That is the rough plan and that is about all we have. Of course we have some ideas but no fixed plan so lets see what comes our way.

    If anyone has a question go ahead and I´ll try to answer even if it might take some time.

    So here we go:

    Taking a Train through the alps from Kandersteg

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    On the Ferry to Greece

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    Sorry this post is a bit late but the net is so slow everywhere that I couldn´t get the Pictures uploaded.
    We are in Turkey allready and it is the 24.04.2016. We are in Erdine and just missed a huge hail storm, but are in a Hotel by now and it is raining again.
    Hoping for sun tomorrow.
    Cheers Thomas
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  2. dazzadm

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    :lurk Sweet I'm in. Good luck on the ride. Certainly something I'd love to do one day. I hope the Pacific ocean includes New Zealand?
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  3. Thomas B.

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    Forgot to show you some Fotos from when we left home. Here they are:

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    26.04.2016 - Made it to Zonguldak in Turkey on the Black sea coast and are sitting in a hotel room while a huge thunder storm is going on outside. Just got inside before it started.

    Spending time in the cabin on the Ferry.
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    Having reached Igoumenitsa with the ferry and while doing some shopping for dinner on the campsite, I discover a puddle of cooling fluid under Sandras bike. So the screwing begins. After fixing the leak the next morning we decided to stay the whole day and relax.

    A Little work in the morning.
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    and a relaxed morning tea after the work
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    Avoiding the highways going is slow, but we are in no hurry. The first hotel we ask for a room in the evening is full except for one suite. We are sitting on the bikes already when the man from the reception comes out and says we can have it for 50,-€. Deal. Enough space for us.

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    Arriving at the ocean the next day we found an open campsite where we were almost the only guests. But the setting was good and the beer cold.

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    Preparing dinner
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    Approaching the Turkish border we saw some white stuff on the side of the road. Over the intercom Sandra asked what it was and I guested some seeds from trees or some foam from animals. Mystirious were the copped leafs under the trees hanging over the road. We made some guesses where that came from. Then while a stop in a village I looked at the white stuff and saw that it was hail. We had missed a massiv hailstorm by a couple of minutes. Since the skys were turning black again we checked into a hotel in Edirne, Turkey and asked for the cheapest room they had. The room was ok but the bathroom was a bit small. The toilet was placed in the shower and I could look over the shower door. You get what you pay for.

    Piles of hail
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    toilet inside the shower
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    The ride to Istanbul and through it not using the highway went quit well, but took about three hours. We left Europe on a ferry over the Bosporus and said our good bye.

    On the Ferry with the Hagia Sophia in the backround
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  4. joenuclear

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    Wonderful!
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  5. dazzadm

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    That is a small bathroom! I hope it really was cheap. Good progress.
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    Wow! Great trip! Keep the updates coming. I've seen some pretty crazy bathroom situations in my day, but never a toilet in the shower. Talk about multitasking!
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  7. Thomas B.

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    You never know where we will end up. It might even be in NZ some day.
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    Toilet in the shower is standard practice in SEAsia
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  9. EastRoad

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    it is - and so are showers, toilets and sinks on a level, flat floored bathroom with a silly drain position, that will leave everything wet if you take a shower... never understood the concept... simply silly
    I get minimal spaces and stuff like that, but there's a ton of better design options for the same kind of money and space.
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    Cool stuff! subscribed... keep it coming and safe travels!


    the bathroom photo though... ;) priceless ;)

    where you're headed next?
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    Yes, n sometimes just drains to a trench outside
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  12. EastRoad

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    or some that have magical drains (read: none... and it just seeps through some cracks....)
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    No it is very civilized here, all tiled floor.
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    This should be fun ! subscribed!
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    I'm in. Looks fun so far.
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    Looking forward to this :clap:clap

    Bonne route :D
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  18. WesleyDRZ400

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    Hi Tomas will look forward to following this RR. Great bikes!

    I just looked back on your bike build thread, i also have the 640 RR rear tanks i plan to fit to my 620 EGS Adventure

    On the left hand tank did you have problems fitting it due to the airbox and shock?

    Look forward to your updates
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    I shall join you.
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  20. Thomas B.

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    Hi Wes,
    Problems everywhere. on the left side I had to move the tank out a bit so the tank and the resevoir of the shock didn´t collide and on the right side I set the tank out a bit and deformed the airbox inward a Little to give both enough space.
    Sorry for the late answer

    And everyone else. Sorry for the missing updates. Having bike Problems and had some screwing most nights. And the Internet sucks most of the time. But hang on. Updates will come. hopefully soon.
    See you
    Thomas
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