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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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    We had brought a few “Canadian” gift for them. They are small, but as bikers they know that having carried such items on the bike is “special”.


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

    We have been hosted here by them for 3 days including a walking tour of the old town, visits to the Dam and boat tour, Cognac tasting and a tour of the Congac institute, a tour of the Old time car collection of Kosice, small airplane flights over the city and surrounding countryside, a KTM event, and a number of parties.


    At KTM they were setting up for an event, but for us they had a special demonstration of the motorcyclists air bag. You have to pull surprisingly hard on the release, but this simulates being ejected from the bike.

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Slovakia_-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Been awaiting! :clap:clap:clap
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks just getting caught up now!! Spent the day doing odd jobs on the bikes and trying to purge the luggage again! Cheers
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We drove outside the city and made a detour for some Venison goulash for lunch. It was the off
    to the Ruzin Dam for a visit to Marcella and Peter’s lake house and for another welcome drink or 3! We had a bout tour, which was a bit chilly when we started out, but warmed up out of the wind.

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

    [​IMG]Slovakia_-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Slovakia_-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next stop was at Robert’s lake house for Cognac tasting. He is IN the Encyclopedia of Cognac and is a member of the Kosice Cognac institute.


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

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


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


    [​IMG]Slovakia_-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Slovakia_-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Slovakia_-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Tomi and Majka had arranged a special treat for us with “flying lessons” in 2 small planes today! We had an emergency ice cream stop on the way.Daniel was in a Cesna 150 and Sara in a Slovakian Viper SD4. We were delayed a day due to windy weather, but today it was spectacular. We took off outside the city, did some acrobatics, and then flew back out over the dam. From here we did a “low pass” at the Kosice airport and the returned to base. Daniel actually flew his plane except for the takeoff, low pass, and landing for the 45 minute flight.

    [​IMG]Slovakia 2.0-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Flying-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  8. everready

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

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    Wow! Too much fun!
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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes we have some crazy friends!
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We ran out of time for touring the city, but did a short walk about.


    [​IMG]Slovakia 2.0-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Slovakia 2.0-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Slovakia 2.0-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Slovakia 2.0-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    These guys are such great hosts and they had arranged a Goodbye Garden party for us.

    [​IMG]Slovakia 2.0-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Slovakia 2.0-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then all decamped 75 km south to Mád Hungary, which is in the Tokaj (Toe-ki) wine region.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-14 at 21.49.30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    "Hungarian border"

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

    We stopped on the way at a winery with very old cellars.

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

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

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

    A nice Castle view

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

    [​IMG]Hungary by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    In Mad we had a group of 10 for wine tours and tasting. We had an ATV tour of one winery and then a tour of the 500 year old cellar caves of another.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a nice walk in the town and a stop at “the Cheese” lady where we actually had the best wine of the day.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Hungary-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    He bought us wine from their private cellar.

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

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

    [​IMG]Hungary-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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


    [​IMG]Hungary-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Hungary-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  14. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great start to this phase of your travels. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much! Good news yesterday we got our Letters of Introduction for Turkmenistan and we will pick up the Visas in Ankara. Holding our breath for the Iran election tomorrow. If there is a clear winner then they may start issuing visas again next week....
  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today it is rainy, but it did stop long enough for the 15 km ride to Tokaj town for a small boat trip on the river, a walking tour of the town, and a traditional Hungarian Fish soup lunch.

    [​IMG]Hungary-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We started out about 2 pm from here headed south to Budapest.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 23.32.43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    We had the heaviest rain we have ever seen. In fact we could not see, all the cars had 4 way flashers and were going about 30 km / hr. We finally found an overpass to hide under (even cars were hiding) until the worst passed. It was bucketing, lightening, and with intermittent wind gusts. We survived dry under the suits and in all the luggage!

    [​IMG]Hungary by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a few more small showers, but arrived to Bikercamp Budapest in the dry. We were met by the lovely owner Susan and our friend Trevor, who had been there since yesterday.

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

    Luckily he knew the way to the subway and we headed down town. The action here on a Saturday night is unbelievable. We also made a stop at the Szimpla Kert Ruin bar.

    “Ruin bars are all the rage in Budapest and have been around for 10 years since the founding of Szimpla Kert, the mecca of all ruin bars. These bars are built in Budapest's old District VII neighborhood (the old Jewish quarter) in the ruins of abandoned buildings, stores, or lots.”

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

    [​IMG]Hungary-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The night was dry and we managed to pack up before the rain started. We waited it out until 11, but finally had to leave. We are headed south to Serbia and had heavy rain for much of the day.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-13 at 20.06.53 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Despite this we stayed on the small roads. When we were riding towards a particularly dark cloud at 1 pm we found a great stop for another fish soup and missed much of the worst of the rain. As we approached the Serbian border the rain stopped and the sun came out for the 15 minute line up. There was a quick Schengen/EU exit stamp from Hungary and a very quick passport stamp into Serbia. They did not ask for bike papers or green cards.

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

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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