Gypsy by heart

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  1. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    Hi, I am Julia, I’m 41 years old and I live in Germany. When my ex-boyfriend decided to leave me in 2007, I decided, that I need something to bring me on different thoughts. Something which was not connected to the 12 years before.

    So, that is my Africa Twin and the rides!

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  2. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    In 2010 I traveled 9000 km - that should be almost 5600 miles through <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">France</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Spain</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    May be you are interested in my story. <o:p></o:p>

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  3. bumblebee1

    bumblebee1 All bikes are dirt bikes

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    So a machine has replaced your boyfriend.
    Don't know how to take that myself. :huh

    Great bike and I'm glad you enjoy it. :thumb

    We'd love to hear it.
    Sorry for the wisecrack.
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  4. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    To the Friends of Africa Twin Germany I’d like to apologize, ‘cause you probably have read the report twice or may be even three times.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    It was published in the German Motorbike Journal “Motorrad ABENTEUER” and I wrote a little report for the platform : www.africatwin.de<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    So let me start at the beginning:<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    When my friends and family were asking: “How was vacation?”, I would have liked to answer: “A little bit of everything!”<o:p></o:p>
    That was true!<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    I had rain, snow, wind, and sun. I was in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">France</st1:country-region>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Spain</st1:country-region></st1:place> on english territory, I slept in a tent, in a hotel, in a mobile home, in a Finka, invited by friends and I did wild camping.<o:p></o:p>
    I spoke German, English, Spanish, Italian and French.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    I eat packet soup, - drank instant coffee, had tapas, three-course meals and candy without an end!<o:p></o:p>
    I was alone, we were two girls, sometimes a little group.<o:p></o:p>
    I have swum in the Mediterranean an in the <st1:place w:st="on">Atlantic ocean</st1:place>. I did ride straight streets, one curve after the other. I was on the “Autobahn”, on gravel roads and dirt tracks. I rote through grasslands, rivers, and rice fields. I could go on with listing things…<o:p></o:p>
    This vacation was a vacation of variety and contradictions!<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    My employer asked me to cut down on overtime.<o:p></o:p>
    All right - if it has to be… ;-)<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    I knew right away that I wanted to do a big tour with my bike. My first big tour. Since I was alone I didn’t want to travel to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rumania</st1:place></st1:country-region> or Kasachstan. I’d love to go there and meet the people and see the landscapes, but I don’t speak there language and I didn’t want to go out in the wild to much (since I ride alone)…<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    So my choice fall on <st1:country-region w:st="on">France</st1:country-region> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Spain</st1:country-region></st1:place>. May be you guys would like the autobahn, but if you are used to it every day, and if you like off-the-road tires on your bike - you do not want to rubb them off while going high speed on the autobahn.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    So I decided for the “Autoreisezug” - the car train.<o:p></o:p>

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  5. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    To the Friends of Africa Twin Germany I’d like to apologize, ‘cause you probably have read the report twice or may be even three times.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    It was published in the German Motorbike Journal “Motorrad ABENTEUER” and I wrote a little report for the platform : www.africatwin.de<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    So let me start at the beginning:<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    When my friends and family were asking: “How was vacation?”, I would have liked to answer: “A little bit of everything!”<o:p></o:p>
    That was true!<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    I had rain, snow, wind, and sun. I was in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">France</st1:country-region>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Spain</st1:country-region></st1:place> on english territory, I slept in a tent, in a hotel, in a mobile home, in a Finka, invited by friends and I did wild camping.<o:p></o:p>
    I spoke German, English, Spanish, Italian and French.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    I eat packet soup, - drank instant coffee, had tapas, three-course meals and candy without an end!<o:p></o:p>
    I was alone, we were two girls, sometimes a little group.<o:p></o:p>
    I have swum in the Mediterranean an in the <st1:place w:st="on">Atlantic ocean</st1:place>. I did ride straight streets, one curve after the other. I was on the “Autobahn”, on gravel roads and dirt tracks. I rote through grasslands, rivers, and rice fields. I could go on with listing things…<o:p></o:p>
    This vacation was a vacation of variety and contradictions!<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    My employer asked me to cut down on overtime.<o:p></o:p>
    All right - if it has to be… ;-)<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    I knew right away that I wanted to do a big tour with my bike. My first big tour. Since I was alone I didn’t want to travel to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rumania</st1:place></st1:country-region> or Kasachstan. I’d love to go there and meet the people and see the landscapes, but I don’t speak there language and I didn’t want to go out in the wild to much (since I ride alone)…<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    So my choice fall on <st1:country-region w:st="on">France</st1:country-region> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Spain</st1:country-region></st1:place>. May be you guys would like the autobahn, but if you are used to it every day, and if you like off-the-road tires on your bike - you do not want to rubb them off while going high speed on the autobahn.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    So I decided for the “Autoreisezug” - the car train.<o:p></o:p>

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  6. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    To the Friends of Africa Twin Germany I’d like to apologize, ‘cause you probably have read the report twice or may be even three times.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    It was published in the German Motorbike Journal “Motorrad ABENTEUER” and I wrote a little report for the platform : www.africatwin.de<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    So let me start at the beginning:<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    When my friends and family were asking: “How was vacation?”, I would have liked to answer: “A little bit of everything!”<o:p></o:p>
    That was true!<o:p></o:p>
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  7. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    I had rain, snow, wind, and sun. I was in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">France</st1:country-region>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Spain</st1:country-region></st1:place> on english territory, I slept in a tent, in a hotel, in a mobile home, in a Finka, invited by friends and I did wild camping.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I spoke German, English, Spanish, Italian and French.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    I eat packet soup, - drank instant coffee, had tapas, three-course meals and candy without an end!<o:p></o:p>
    I was alone, we were two girls, sometimes a little group.<o:p></o:p>
    I have swum in the Mediterranean an in the <st1:place w:st="on">Atlantic ocean</st1:place>. I did ride straight streets, one curve after the other. I was on the “Autobahn”, on gravel roads and dirt tracks. I rote through grasslands, rivers, and rice fields. I could go on with listing things…<o:p></o:p>
    This vacation was a vacation of variety and contradictions!<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
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  8. KLRUSERIOUS?

    KLRUSERIOUS? Farkle-whore

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    Yeah, I bought my beloved KLR after a breakup.

    Don't look back, hot blondes on bikes never stay alone for long ;)

    And YES we are interested in your story.
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  9. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...:ear...
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  10. Ridestrong

    Ridestrong Been here awhile

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    When my ex wife left me in 2010 I did a lot of soul searching. I decided in 2011 to get back into biking after 35 years and raising a family. A totally different direction for my life as well! I bought a BMW 1200 GS and now learning all about it. In the future I hope to take some journeys also.
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  11. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    I try to, but somhow I cant write new answers?!? Give me some time, I'm kind of untalented posting stuff....

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  12. Hair

    Hair no wants or warrants

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    Looking at your first photo it seems that some of your travels are off hiway.
    Reports from Europe are always intersting. Off hiway reports from Europe are way cool.
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  13. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    Yes, sometimes I traveled on gravel roads - dirttracks - I like that.

    Unfortunately I cant get replys to this report - have no Idea why not - I'll try tomorrow, It's kind of late over here - sorry!!
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  14. Fastphil38

    Fastphil38 AZ Offroad

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    Good Luck, I hope to hear more you are quite a woman! Ride On! Phil
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  15. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    It took me from Düsseldorf to Narbonne in the south of France, at the Mediterranean Sea. I started at the end of April. On the train I met some guys from a town called Warstein. They had German beer and food. So I joined them ;-)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Really nice guys and the trip to Narbonne was over in the twinkling of an eye.<o:p></o:p>
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    When I started in Narbonne, going over to Monaco to meet a friend from Britain I was all alone for the first time, my bike packed with everything I would need for the next 5 ½ weeks …. a great feeling - really cool - I enjoyed that moment so much! <o:p></o:p>

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  16. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    The first night I wanted to spend on a little camping place near Nizza. And since it was the first time travelling alone my first mistake was to look far too late for a place to stay for the night. The sun had already set - it was getting dark and I wasn’t very fit in building up my tent.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    That night I wrote in my little scratch book “must start earlier looking for a place to sleep!”<o:p></o:p>
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    But isn’t that what it’s all about? Finding out how to optimize things while riding along?<o:p></o:p>
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    After I met my friend and stayed for two days near a little town close to Monaco, I visited the “Canyon du Verdon” - a wonderful area to ride your bike, with great landscapes and many things to see. Even if the weather really sucked, I stayed two nights to be able to ride the canyon, once without any luggage.<o:p></o:p>

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  17. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    I navigated by maps since I had no navigation-system. The streets around lake St. Croix and the Canyon du Verdon were painted green in the Michelin-Maps - a signal for wonderful landscapes – and so it was! All ‘green routes’ in Michelin’s maps I rode showed the same fantastic scenery!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

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  18. Elenore

    Elenore Been here awhile

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    Well my machine didn't replace him in total... but...:shog

    :D
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  19. nazza

    nazza Trouble Supporter

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    Hi Elenore
    My husband walked out on me a month ago and I am about to start travelling too. I am selling everything and plan on it being a permanent change. I already had my bike but he is definitely my replacement husband now. Haha I even made him a facebook page so I could change my status to "in an open relationship with.."
    Your trip looks great. Not sure when or if I will get to that part of Europe but it does look lovely. I am starting with Australia first then will probably go to South America.
    Good on you :clap
    Naz
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  20. preacher dan

    preacher dan Been here awhile

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    Quite an adventure,I. Look forward to more...thanks. and ride safe........
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