Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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

  1. tradex56

    tradex56 Been here awhile

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  2. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    Enjoy the break!
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks all you guys!!! See you for the trek to the "east" starting mid May!!
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We now have just a few days left until we drop the bikes at BMW on Monday, but that is enough time to make a small detour to Sinshiem to see our friend Wolfgang. He is stopping here in his home town on the way from Hamburg to Corsica. It is almost a direct straight line for us for 570 km.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 22.11.00 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We did 2 hours on the highway and then put all the avoidance back on the GPS to get onto the small roads. Germany is so amazing for riding. Beautiful roads thru stunning scenery and picturesque villages. We then got back on the highway for the last 2 hours and unfortunately ran into some very bad traffic. We did a little “driving like the Italians” to get past the almost standstill over 10 km long. We arrived to the home of Wolfgang's brother and sister-in-law and we were welcomed like long lost family. Yvonne had prepared a very special dinner for us including Dampfnudela or steamed German dumplings! We of course then had to go out for ice cream.

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

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

    [​IMG]Dresden-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  5. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Werner had a big day planned for us. We started with a visit to the Auto & Technik Museum. They have both the supersonic Air France Concorde and the Tupolev Tu-144 on display and which you can access. There are 300 vintage cars, 40 race cars, 200 motorcycles, and 50 aircraft among other things.


    [​IMG]Germany-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Germany-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Germany-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    They even have a Canadian water bomber that when you go inside it is set up to make you feel like you are diving down for water.


    [​IMG]Germany-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The super slide is accessed from the door of a plane mounted on the roof of the museum.

    [​IMG]Dresden-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This evening we drove over to Heidelberg for the annual illumination of the castle and fire works. We luckily secured a parking space and then got some tickets for the evening dinner cruise for the fireworks. We did a bit of a tour of the city, which had one lone pedestrian zone thru the city.


    [​IMG]Germany-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    We took the funicular to the castle.

    [​IMG]Germany-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Sunset cruise

    [​IMG]Germany-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Germany-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  8. MaNDan

    MaNDan 'Old Japanese cycles & '26Chevy truck

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    It's so good to have you guys back on line. Keep the photos and narrative coming, as you find time.
    Myself (and many ADV folks) really appreciate both of you.
  9. romafras

    romafras world traveler

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    Hey Guys…. Loving your photos. Shame we did not meet in the Balkans. Pretty nice wasn't it? Are you back in BC ?
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    MaNDan & Romafras

    Thanks so much! Im just at the last few bits of the post. We parked the bikes for the winter Sept 9. We spent the last 6 weeks walking 915 km from St. John Pied-de-Port France on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella to Finsterre Spain. So lots of great pics, but no motos and so i will post those on our WWR blog, but not here. We are in Madrid right now and since we do not have to be back in BC for work until December we are going to the Canary Islands tomorrow for 3 weeks of relaxing and maybe a bit of kite surfing for Daniel. Then back to Vancouver Nov. 23. We will be back to get the bikes about May 15, 2017 and then we head south and east again to Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Iran,........ Cheers Sara
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  11. romafras

    romafras world traveler

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    Great Sara and Daniel. Was nice to ride together last spring.
    I am also planning Iran. Call me when you get back to BC to chat. Cheers,
    Roberto
  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Roberto

    We can meet for a drink at Clive's! Thanks again for touring us around your home turf! Will be in Vic early Dec! Cheers Sara
  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we have another straight shot 478 km north east to Leipzig.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 22.09.50 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 22.12.28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The initial plan was to wander up the small roads and we did this for the first 2 hours. It then began to POUR rain and after 45 min of this we were finally able to get on the highway. Now this was not very pleasant with the heavy rain and the speed of the cars, but at least we were making some miles. Finally about 150 km from the city the rain stopped and we were able to get back off the highway.
  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had booked a hotel that was the closest to the Leipzig BMW. The rain started again despite that we did go out to find a wand car wash to get the bikes cleaned up for their hospital visit. It was unfortunately still raining in the morning for the 5 km trip to the dealership. We had preplanned with the service department here to drop the bikes today so they can have a complete once over after almost 200,000 km. We really want them to have a good once over and some new parts before we set out east and to the Stans.

    They will also get some new Heidenau tires. We have decided to prophylactically change out both clutches, despite the fact that they are both working perfectly. We will also have the cam chain tensioners replaced. The water pump on the 800 has a minor leak and we will get a new one. The issue with the dash display on the 800 has gotten worse. The bike runs perfectly, but when hot and at low RPM the entire dash goes wild. The lights all start flashing on and off, the fuel goes to zero km to go, and the gauges go wild. If you give it a few revs it stops. The GS 911 has dozens of fault codes, but once cleared it says the bike is functioning perfectly and it is. This issue started several months ago, but rarely. In the last 2 weeks it has escalated to frequent (turned out to only be a frayed wire!).

    They will have the bikes for 4 days, but they say they will be done in 3. That said we have a few days with a rental car to tour about. We left the gear and went out to the airport to get the car. By the time we got back a few hours later both bikes were completely stripped down…so i bet they will be done on time with German efficiency.

    [​IMG]Dresden-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    First stop now was to go to the laundromat for clean clothes and YEAH clean suits. Then we made a trip to Louis for some much needed replacement items. New shields, pin locks, and detents for the helmets, new rain pants for Sara that unzip the entire length of the leg to make them so much less frustration to get on and off, some new Rok straps, a chain tool, and some new riding socks for Dan!

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-11-06 at 13.22.53 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-11-06 at 13.22.29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-11-06 at 13.22.11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now we have decided to go the 130 km east to Dresden and on the highway at 150-170 km an hour it doesn't take long. About 15 km from town torrential rain started and we were so glad to IN a car!

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-11-06 at 13.05.04 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We had a hotel near to the market square. We had three days of down time to explore the city. Dresden is a very nice city, but of course it has been totally rebuilt since it was decimated from the bombing in WW2.

    [​IMG]Dresden-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We headed back to BMW Leipzig and a promised all the work was done and the bikes were all ready to go. A big thank you for your excellent service work!


    [​IMG]Dresden-42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We were lucky to have Gaila from Motosoul offer to store the bikes for us. We set them up in one of the garages at the Motosoul’s 17 th century castle or Schloss. We disconnected the batteries, covered them up and stored the riding gear.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-11-06 at 13.07.06 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-44 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dresden-43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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