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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Let's go! What's the plan?
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is the approximate route for April until the middle of September! After that we will walk the 860 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port France to Ribeira Spain on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela for 5-6 weeks.

    [​IMG]Summer Route 2016 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Fantastic! :clap Please be generous with photos of Corsica and Sardinia. :thumb
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Will do! I'm stoked to get to Italy as you know we are big ice cream fans! We ordered a new camera this year (the old one has had it) and it is on pre-order. So fingers crossed it arrives before April 7! Sara
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    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    I am on your other following list but had to subscribe to this one, I often miss your post :D
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    No worries Michnus....FB messenger seems to keep those to quote you "jobless but living the dream" in contact. We are stoked to leave in 10 days. We have a bit of routine maintenance to do in Madrid then we should be on the road mid April.
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well we are back on the road this week. Flying to Madrid April 7, 2016 and then traveling about 200 km south to get the bikes out of their winter storage in our friend Modesto’s garage. We have some maintenance to do including oil changes, some upgrades to the crash bar hardware, new chains and sprockets, install new headlights and rewire bike lighting, install voltage meters, install new wire harness for the 650, and remove the “tool tubes”.

    We are also headed back to the Schengen Zone. WTF is the Schengen Zone you may ask? Well so did we. I have polled a lot of North Americans and none knew what it was or what the implications are for non-Schengen residents.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 12.13.49 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We arrived last year to Madrid on March 1 and our passports were stamped “ Espania in by air”. When we picked up our bikes at the cargo terminal we signed a waver that we would take the bikes out of Spain in the next 6 months. Just like Argentina….. NOT

    [​IMG]IMG_5450 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We travelld in Morocco March 25 to April 18 and were stamped out and into “Espania by boat”.


    [​IMG]IMG_5458 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We then traveled to the UK May 4, where out passport stamp said “Leave to enter for six months, Employment and recourse to public funds prohibited”.

    [​IMG]IMG_5456 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We entered the Netherlands “by boat” June 9. By now we had been in the “unknown Schengen Zone for 6 weeks. It was after we were in the middle of the north sea June 17 when we were telling our new Greek friends about out trip, when one of them asked “what are you doing about the Schengen problem”? We were like “Schenzen???” It was 2 days until we had internet to investigate this problem.
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We as Canadians (Non-Schengen Zone residents) are allowed only 90 days in the SZ and then must be out for 180 days before you can reenter legally. So by this calculation we were half way to becoming illegal aliens in the SZ! The penalty is deportation and being barred from the SZ in future!

    Of all the weeks we have spent in various countries since March 1 only those spent in Morocco and the UK are outside of the SZ. To add to this we will be inside the zone until we try to get to Russia for 3 days in August and then until the end of October.


    Luckily for us scanning your passport at the SZ checks does not calculate your days inside the zone. We did have to pass thru SZ border checks at the ferry port on the way to and from St Petersburg. This was quite stressful on our way back from Russia after our 72 hour Visa Free, as we did not have a Russian visa to stay there and we were technically illegal in the SZ. Luckily the official asked me when I came to the SZ (when i arrived to Holland June 9) and not when did you first come to the SZ (March 1).

    [​IMG]IMG_5460 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    This still left the problem of getting out of Madrid at the end of October. We had been mostly in the SZ for the last 8 months. I think the fact that we are Canadian and flying home made it a lot easier. They did not even ask us any questions at the SZ passport control and just stamped us “out of Espania” by plane! This year we will have less of an issue as we are in the zone for April 7 to June 30 but out for much of the rest of the summer in the Adriatic Countries before we leave the bikes in Bulgaria.

    [​IMG]IMG_5452 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    With all the security and migrant issues, you'd think the SZ passport control entry points in all the different member countries would have a central database so border agents can look up your entry date from any point.. I'm sure that's coming, but that's not gonna stand in the way of 2 Canucks on bikes :ricky

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes and the SZ border guard today in Madrid did not even stop talking to his colleagues or even look at our faces when he stamped us IN to the SZ today! The other interesting thing is there is no customs control either. We left Canada with parts and other odds and sods for the bikes and no one seemed to care. We crossed the USA border to our mail box last week to pick up a small plastic adapter for our new headlights and got the third degree.
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    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Great to see y'all posting again, safe travels...
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey THANKS!!
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    The much less glamorous side of adventure motorcycle riding.

    We arrived in Madrid in the evening after a long night flight from Vancouver via Heathrow. Jet lagged we made it with one bag still in London and took the flat rate taxi to the hotel. After taking some sleeping drugs we passed out. Awaking at 1040 we were late to meet our friends for lunch. We walked over to their new apartment to find there was no name on the buzzers at #3 M Street. This meant pushing all the buttons starting at 1 and buzz every one until….3C!

    [​IMG]Spain-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The plan for the day was to get the bikes out of storage 200 km south of Madrid. Thanks only to the kindness of our friend Modesto herein Madrid is this is feasible. We had to borrow his car and drive to a town 20 km north of the city to pick up his motorcycle trailer from the storage unit/workshop. It was 430 by the time we left San Sebastian de Los Reyes and headed south. After a stop at a gas station for a lunch at 530 we were on the road.

    Driving when jet lagged is a tricky proposition and we of course missed the exit to the exit to the village we going to and this added another hour to our day. WE had not remembered to bring one of the GPS’s home with us so we would have it for times like these.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 11.10.26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Finally we arrived to La Solana and had no issues loading the bikes on to the trailer and the gear into the car. Luckily in my state of exhaustion I realized I did not see my riding boots. I had left both pairs in plastic bags with one set sitting on each of my panniers when we left in October. I searched the 2000 square foot storage and finally found them about 15 meters from the bike on the floor beside an old car. Our friend had been out tho the bikes to get some pannier mounting hardware we had (He shipped them for us to Michael in Austria who still has the Touratech pannier system) from my pannier and had moved the bag. Are we really sure we want to do all this??? Did I mention it is cold and pouring rain??


    Well now it is nearly 9 pm an getting dark and we have a 250 km drive back to the storage unit to drop off the trailer and then drive back to the city.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 11.11.24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    It is now dark and the storage unit is hard enough to find in the industrial zone in the day light. We picked the correct exit off the highway and had the general area, but just could not fine the back alley. McDonalds at 1130 pm for wifi and we were set. We were actually 1 block off from where were supposed to be by guessing. Now back to the city. We managed to charge one of the GPS’s enough to use it.

    Our friends don't have a street parking permit near their new apartment yet and so this meant driving around the very narrow streets to try to find a parking space at 1 am. Frustrated exhausted and confused by the one way craziness of the inner city lane ways we finally gave up at 1 am and pulled into a parkade (31 Euros ouch), stumbled to the hotel and crashed. That lasted about 25 min and our jet lag kicked in again. Finally at 430 we took drugs. Are we really sure we want to do this?? Feeling a bit overwhelmed and on a bit of a time crunch. We have 2500 km to get to the rally in Toscano by the 29 th of April and today is the April 9 th. We would also like to visit some friends in the south coast of Spain in Almirante and that is off course for us. We would like to take in Carcassonne and Avignon France that we missed last year as Daniel was on crutches. We also have several sets of friends riding this summer in Europe and would like to meet up with them. AGH!
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    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Awesome! Pictures, more pictures! I used to live in Alcala de Henares.
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    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    For sure there are more. We are having this debate now. I say lots of pics and Daniel says less is more?? sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Day two of the ordeal started groggily when we got up at 11 and staggered up 6 blocks to get the car. Then headed back to the shop, but at least we knew how to get there now. The bikes were unloaded and dan noted the front brake sticking, but it finally moved normally with some rocking back and forth….. The plan for the bikes today is

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 11.13.46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5565 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5562 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    1. Oil Change- bought oil at Calleja http://www.calleja.es/. Of course the last oil change was at BMW and they stripped the oil pan bolt on the 650. This meant extracting the bolt and driving over to BMW to get a new one.

    2. Sara’s Skid Plate remove stripped bolt-can not remove bolt from old skid plate mounting

    3. Install new headlights- The BMW lights suck and they have burt out the reflectors and now are so dim they are useless. http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/. Very straightforward installation. Does require a bit of labor to get the windshield and plastics off and on. Also on the 800 Daniel needed to use a Dremel to cut down the Dash to accommodate the light box.

    [​IMG]IMG_5567 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5595 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    4. Rewire bikes & lights

    [​IMG]IMG_5566 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    5. Install Voltage meters- to monitor charge and hopefully prevent having to change the stator on the side of the road the next time. The meant enlarging the hole on the 650 Touratech dash that was the cigarette lighter socket previously and enlarging the light switch hole on the 800’s Britannia composites dash. www.britanniacomposites.com

    IMG_5597 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5568 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    6. Install new wire harness on Sara’s Bike- old one fried and install new light switch for accessory lights.

    [​IMG]IMG_5596 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Day 3 mostly went smoothly

    7. Sort out all the gear as it is now in one location and separate that for the bike trip and that for walk on the Camino. Managed to downsize some of the stuff on the bikes.

    8. Finished the oil change on the 650 with the new drain plug.

    9. New Crash bar hardware (remove stripped Touratech bolts that made the last stator change on the side of the road such a hassle as we had to do it without removing the crash bar) Thanks to Modesto for the extraction tools.

    [​IMG]IMG_5591 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5594 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    10. Remove old and install new Front Sprocket covers

    [​IMG]IMG_5593 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    11. Fuel Filter Change-when we removed the mechanism from the 650 we found the pre filter was missing and had to fish it out of the bottom of the tank. Luckily Dan had researched this and was aware there might be an issue with the hose attachment on the 650. On the 800 the ring clamp is a screw on type, but on the 650 it is a clamp on version. This meant you had to destroy it to remove it and he had bought the correct screw on replacement part. Yeah Dan!

    [​IMG]IMG_5603 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5602 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]IMG_5584 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5582 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]IMG_5608 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]IMG_5613 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]IMG_5588 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5612 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5590 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    12. Take off Sara’s tool tube- Dan feels the need to get the weight down on the bike. They are a great way to keep the dry bags on the back and not have to since down the roc straps so much. Dan will keep his for now to be able to lock on the rain gear. The covers will come out into a small dry bag. We have downsized our other gear again so stuff just fits inside the panniers now.


    [​IMG]IMG_5600 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5601 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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