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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now to fly to Frankfurt and Madrid to drop off most of our gear and pick up the things we had stored there since last April. This included the equipment we had left there for the 900 + km walk we start this week from St. Jean Pied-de-Port France to Fisterra, Spain on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella. This will take us 6 weeks.

    Our friend Antonio wanted to show us some things off the beaten track around Madrid. The first was a very unusual Cathedral.

    “Justo Gallego Martínez (born 20 September 1925 in Mejorada del Campo) is a former monk who has been constructing a cathedral-like building on his own in the town of Mejorada del Campo in the Community of Madrid, Spain, since 1961. He has named the building Nuestra Señora del Pilar. It has neither any planning permissions, nor has it the benediction of any church authority.”

    http://inhabitat.com/incredible-cathedral-built-by-one-man-with-salvaged-materials/

    [​IMG]Madrid Pre-Camino by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Madrid Pre-Camino-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  4. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    wow, amazing adventures! thank you for sharing! you must be related to Helge or something
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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey Thanks! Well we share with him a passion for motorcycle travel and a last name for sure!.

    We are just trying to get things organized for heading east across Asia next year. There are a lots of logistics with nearly a dozen visas and a Carnet de Passage to arrange. We finally found a company in Switzerland that will issue a Carnet to us (and any citizen who's own issuing country can not) for Iran, since for North Americans we must now use the USA company since CAA quit issuing Carnets 2 years ago. Just got our Itinerary sorted for China, Tibet, and Burma today so we are super stoked.

    Now we just have 5 months of rainy Vancouver weather to get thru!!

    Cheers Sara & Dan
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  6. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    You got to check out the Caves. Have some tortilla de espanol and a cafe con leche for me!
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  7. PvtPts

    PvtPts Wanderer in training

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    Totally!!!! Been following you at ADV and also on your own site - 28 days of rain in October and more of the same in November for Vancouver - rode today for the first time since September and it was glorious (because finally I could see the orb we all know as the giver of life...errrr - Sun). Just a shout out to say I love what you guys are doing and enjoy all your posts. Cheers.
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well now its SNOW! Getting closer to obtaining an Iranian Visa, well actually a visa actuation code to then apply for a visa. Unfortunately Canada is one of the 10 countries with sanctions against Iran . So Iran requires an escorted itinerary for Canadians travlling in there at this time. We are getting that organized as well. We will be a group of 3 Canadians and a Swede. He does not require a handler in Iran and so will be able to roam free!
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Summary April to September 2016- Some thought and reflections from the road.

    Austria

    Just amazing riding but at a steep price!

    Grossglockner

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

    [​IMG]Glossglockner-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Italy

    We had a bit of a love and did not love for Italy. The country is very different from north to south. As you go south the nice riding terrain gets less and less, the amount of garbage and general disorder and disrepair increases, and the number of traffic rules adhered to drops precipitously. Stay in Tuscany and the stunning north. Riding the Dolomites is awe inspiring. We are glad we went to Sicily to see for ourselves, but would not recommend it for riding. In general the driving style of Italians becomes very draining. You constantly have one on your back tire, they pass dangerously, and drive at very high speed. Naples was the worst, where there is NO adherence to the rules of the road and absolutely no driver courtesy. It was sort of like being in a swarm of killer bees.

    Tolmezzo

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


    Castel del Monte

    [​IMG]Castel del Monte-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Etna

    [​IMG]Etna-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  10. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    ''You constantly have one on your back tire, they pass dangerously, and drive at very high speed. Naples was the worst, where there is NO adherence to the rules of the road and absolutely no driver courtesy. It was sort of like being in a swarm of killer bees.'' i had the same feeling, my huge smile from riding around Sicily often turnt into frustration with idiot drivers, overtaking on a blind bend, with 1 second to spare, it was horrible. Nice picture at Etna, I was there couple months back, did you ride up and take the 4x4 to the top? did you put your hand in the earth and feel the warmth of the lava underneath? :-)
    I liked the Aspromonte National Park. You look significantly better prepared and equipped that I was ! Thanks for sharing the pictures
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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Jon

    We did not go up Etna past the base of the lift. We been to the top of quite a few volcanoes so we just did a fly by. Cheers Sara
  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Albania

    We would recommend this lovely country. Despite the ever-present trash. The people here are universally friendly and helpful. Most of the roads are in good condition, but the off road routes are definitely OFF OFF ROAD. It is really AN experience.

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

    [​IMG]Berat CC-27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

    [​IMG]Albania-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  14. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    Thank you for a great year of photos & narrative of this years toure, it has been much appericated. Wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS & A New Year of exciting places to see, photograph & report on for those us that will never get to go but can experience your vision & excitement.
    Get some R & R while at home then let's get -----ON THE ROAD AGAIN------ Seasons best. !!
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  15. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Merry Christmas you two - looking forward to the Asia leg
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  16. PvtPts

    PvtPts Wanderer in training

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    Merry Christmas WWR!
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Greece

    This was the birthplace of civilization and it shows. Great people and amazing food. We will be back to do some touring on the Greek islands. The riding here has lots of options both on the coast and inland, but the cultural sites are the attraction as well as the beaches.

    Meteora

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

    Delphi

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

    Quite a ride down a rock cliff to get this shot!

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

    Macedonia

    Expensive to get in, but very cheap once you are. There are very few thru roads. There are lots of 5 plus km roads up into the hills, but then mostly don’t connect thru to anything. The people are friendly, but the food is very disappointing. The capital is worth the surreal visit.

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

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    Bulgaria

    We just had a visit to Sophia, which was great as we got to go to Bumot, but we will be back next year to the mountains and the sea.

    Bumot

    [​IMG]Bumot Visit-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Serbia

    Again we will be back next year to the north. We just had on day crossing the south where the roads are flat, straight and crowded with traffic.

    [​IMG]Zalatibor-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Montenegro

    Is a gem of hills, mountain and valleys. The riding here is very good. Durmitor park is not to be missed.

    [​IMG]Montenegro-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Montenegro-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Croatia.

    Not much for riding here, but Dubrovnik is very nice. It really needs a boat to appreciate.

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

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


    Bosnia
    Again we were just here for a few days to check out some sights, but the 38 degree days sent us back to the coast.

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

    Slovenia

    This is a nice little country well with the visit. The riding is not epic, but the people are friendly, and this is a nice place for chilling out.

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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