Around Europe in 80 days - the next Edventure - showing the world is a friendly place

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, May 29, 2018.

  1. RokLobster

    RokLobster Far from sanity

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    Excellent. More Edventure. :lurk
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  2. danmurphymn

    danmurphymn Adventurer

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    Do you have an idea of where you'll be and when?
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  3. flyingdutchman177

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    Blue is my favorite color. So I am excited to have a blue bike.
    And I have been to Priorat and Monsant. But there are many regions that I still am looking forward to visiting.
    I tried this wine this week. This is one of the best wines I have ever had. It is from Costers del Segre - Catalan Pyrenees. Beg borrow or steal to taste this one
    [​IMG]
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  4. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    How about a rain check?. I am already back in the LA area waiting for my flight.
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  5. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I am going to be in Hungary and the surrounding area most of the time. But in August , we plan to do a much bigger tour of Europe. But I am not sure which direction at this point. Perhaps the Balkins.
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  6. Sifox

    Sifox Been here awhile

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    For sure man. I thought you were leaving tomorrow morning. Enjoy your flight and can’t wait to read about your Edventure
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  7. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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  8. Archie Adv

    Archie Adv Celtic Adventurer Supporter

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  9. Smidty

    Smidty Been here awhile

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  10. locopny

    locopny Been here awhile

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    In. Best wishes for the both of you on this leg of the Edventure.
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  11. Vtrrookie

    Vtrrookie Look it's that orange Guy!!

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    Be sure to check regional holidays in August. I didn't and last year on my Dolomites tour (Northern Italy) and all the big mountain passes where clogged up with cars, busses and campervans.
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  12. danmurphymn

    danmurphymn Adventurer

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    Ooooh. I'll be in Romania (Sfantu Gheorgh) visiting my wifes family from August 8th - 23rd. I couldn't line up any speaking gigs for you in Minnesota which was probably my best chance at meeting you. Small world that we'll be in the same area. I vote you riding through Romania first!
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  13. XTWalt

    XTWalt Been here awhile

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    Vegas, LA, Budapest... Lalo, sometime when you're not busy, can you give us a lesson on how to find cheap flights to various places? You always seem to find the round-about way to your destination for the least cost. Do you use a particular search tool to find the cheapest flights that make up your flight segments?

    Thanks,
    Walt
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  14. flyingdutchman177

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    I spend about half a day trying to find the lowest cost way to get to my destination. I use Skyscanner, Kayak and search tools like that. That helps me get an idea what are the lowest prices that may be available. But then I try to piece together the flights myself. Like last year, I found a cheap flight to Paris from LA for only $250. And then I booked my onward flights separately. That saved me quite a lot of money. The ticket companies like Kayak don't always know or piece together the least expense way to get to your destination.
    This time I did my search and then booked my flight directly thru the airline. Flying Round Trip was actually less than flying one way - which is the case a lot of the time. I am also flexible with the dates. You can pay considerably less if you look at different dates around the time you plan to fly. In my case, the day I am flying was 50% less than any other day this week.
    I also check to see what my total flight cost will be including luggage. Some airlines charge for luggage and some don't.
    And then I check the airlines and which one is best. For example, it was slightly more for me to fly on Japan Airlines but it was a much nicer experience. They even gave me a glass of Salon Champagne when I ask if I can have some even though it was reserved for first class passengers only.
    There has never been a better time to fly. Prices are incredible right now. No reason to not get out there to explore and experience the world.
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  15. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    VFR is a great reliable bike, but can be a bit underpowered with 2up+luggage.

    Nice to see you in Europe again
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  16. Scubalong

    Scubalong Long timer

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    :augieBring a stator, RR for spare. If you need info. on the VFR you know who to go to...
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  17. gbjeppm

    gbjeppm n00b

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    Ed

    PM me if you get to the UK.

    Bed, grub, rioja, garage and tools available on the outskirts of London.

    Matt
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  18. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    With two up experience on a CRF250 around SE Asia and a CB110 around the Philippines, a Honda VFR800, with 100+ HP, will feel like a rocket ship.
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  19. flyingdutchman177

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    Yes, I was planning to buy one before I left. But it seems the 1998-1999 are different from the 2000-2001. I still have not found a bike yet. So I don't know what year I will need and get. That search will start on Friday. I had my Stator go out on my CBR1100XX here in California so I know that is a weak point. But I am bringing brake pads and something else very specific to the bike which means I am dedicated to buying this 1998-2001 VFR800 for Europe
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  20. flyingdutchman177

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    As a matter of fact, I am flying into London tomorrow.......but only for 4 hours. Catching a flight onward to Budapest from there.
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