Madrid-Europe (TET)-Asia

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  1. Pcq

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    Some first pics of the start, so far amazing ...
    Will get my videos uploaded in the next few days and recount the Spain part as soon as I reach France

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    Im in! Yes I know what my signature says.....but that is a sexy bike! Hmmmmm...
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    Awesome start! Your bike reminds of mine, except yours is about 100x better :lol3 looking forward to following along.
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  5. Pcq

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    My route to France with night layovers:

    Day 1: Madrid-Tudela by secondary roads, Tudela-Huesca following TET as much as possible (guards at Bardenas Reales had closed off some tracks likely because of the summer season)

    Leaving my flat maybe for last time...

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    Ready to roll!

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    1st refuel looking a bit like a dork in the suburbs ...

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    Lunch at an amazing place not far from Tudela

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    Local seasonal “pochas” beans for the nitros boost !

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    Saying farewell at the Bardenas national park, an appropriately adventurous setting, difficult for my mum -and for me- (she’s the one on my left, her best friend on my right)

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    Beer upon arrival that evening at Huesca, next day getting international permit there

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    Day 2: Huesca-Sort TET and backroads when tracks were gated off

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    Evening close to Sort wonderful b&b I highly recommend, everything is very comfortable and one of the best massage showers I’ve ever seen

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    Needing a proper dinner after a protein bar...

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    Amazing wine...

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    Day 3: Sort-Catalan pyrenees following TET for much of the ride, amazing scenery

    If realised my lights were out so next morning I took apart the fairing

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    All this and the connector had come off, why don’t engineers design things with regular maintenance in mind ? I think some fast connectors for the fairing are on the list...

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    Hotel Terralta another amazing stop what a location ...

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    Day 4: Catalan pyrenees-France crossing onto Perpignan:

    Starting the day off with this view ...

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    Towards the mountain passes

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    Creek crossing means freshen up!

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    Top of the ascent

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    Celebrating lunch on the French side, loads of fun after a challenging and amazing ride 2 german guys on klx 650 SM going for the double burger challenge and a French lady on I don’t know what bike... mon bebé as she called it.

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    Amazing first few days, and it’s only the beginning. I have to say I got off to a bumpy (pre) start with this bike but all I can do now is praise its performance especially loaded with luggage that’s when the bike shows how over engineered it is ...

    Check out my YouTube where I’ll be posting the videos as I edit them

    https://www.youtube.com/user/MrHugeheffner

    Cheers !!



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  7. BLucare

    BLucare ADV General Counsel

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    Awesome videos! What is your microphone setup? Also, are you on Instagram? Cheers :thumb

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  8. Pcq

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    No microphone actually narrated a few videos that can’t be heard pity, maybe I’ll look into getting a mic for that it’s fun to ride and speak aloud sometimes ... less lonely feeling !
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    France is done now onto Italy!

    Great ride through especially the border crossing was memorable.

    Also some great rides in he northern part of Provence and crossing into Italy.

    I rode asphalt for a part from Perpignan to Aix as I wanted to spend 24h in Aix and also make time for the Italian alps.

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    Awesome food truck parked outside my motel in Perpignan. Proper McRoyale !

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    Airing out the gear

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    Sweetest coffee and snack in every sense

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    Stopping for a drink and to check out salt lakes in Camargue

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    Frank Gherys crazy ass building in Arles

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    Beautiful afternoon riding through Provence

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    Beer and escargots in Aix

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    Strolling through amazing Aix

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    Another of my passions

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    Aix is like a cross between France and Italy relaxed but always unintentionally elegant

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    Town hall place

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    Ran into many beauties both local girls and these, I would have killed for that guzzi and I’m not a road bike guy

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    Had a great healthy lunch to balance the dinner out at this place, kickass food music and super friendly staff

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    Enjoying the hotel terrace and WiFi to upload stuff the French way

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    Rear tyre will be soon gone

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    Ran into some paragliders with condom like harnesses, pretty interesting, videos will be on my YTube

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    Stopped for lunch at this village

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    The owner of the restaurant having a “diable menthe” probably not the right thing for me if I want to avoid riding straight across the first field I come across, but this is France and people enjoy every moment hats off to that!

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    Riding the lavender fields

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    Amazing logging tracks

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    Lac de Castillon, beautiful but trying to avoid the oncoming storm

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    Biker friendly hotel and restaurant

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    Brice de Nice

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    Always wanted to get stopped by the two most famous Monaco police women patrolling the Casino area ...naughty boy I thought she was whistling cause she loved my bike see video on YouTube



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    Last village and Niçoise salad before Italy

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    Countries travelled, ready for Italy now !

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  10. Mandro

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    Looks like you’re off to a great start man! Photos are fantastic and your rig looks perfect.
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    That Guzzi Le Mans is gorgeous! Great idea with the flags on the helmet :thumb You're going to run out of white space before you know it.
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  12. Pcq

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    Italy has been amazing ... when you look at the TET track I followed it is breathtaking... to be fair Switzerland must be mentioned if only for a small part of Maggiore...

    Here are the pics and videos

    The last portion from Garda to Ljubljana I had to bomb it to make it to the husky dealer for service before closing and I’m sure I’ve missed some of the best with the Dolomites, but for the rest I think the images speak louder than words...

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    And yes I moonwalked over Garda

    Crossing the border above Monaco straight into tracks

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    First evening and meal in Piamonte

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    Fresh rear tyre at Roberto Boano‘s center near Cuneo.
    What a legend and a Scorpio rally in stock fitted on the spot...

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    Fresh rubber calls for mountain passes and more pasta !

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    This amazing b&b

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    Some funny new coffee friends

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    2 up german couple on a rally raid 690... yes ...

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    First flat had to happen on fresh rubber

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    Great views though it would start raining later (which also tells you how long it took me to change tubes !!)

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    Some very friendly help from local enduro guys

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    On the road again !
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    Down to get a rim lock fitted and a new reinforced tube as Id ripped the valve stem off

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    Grubby hands and much needed beer & pizza

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    Nice to see this classic daily driven

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    Some amazing tracks and a gate, which could be managed after dumping bags

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    More great pasta & iced coffee, f the Frappuccino BS this is IT

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    Rode through the rice fields around Arborio where the risotto rice is grown



    Some tracks were totally overgrown and I used the bike like a tractor

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    Another amazing b&b and world class pizza

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    Aperol and spaghetti vongole

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    Next day riding to lake Como

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    Súper cool scrambler

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    Amazing tracks and views on this portion

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    Como from atop

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    This couple was also doing this part of TET with their enduros, great to see

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    On the ferry crossing the lake

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    Stayed at this refuge was the only guest that night and got my clothes washed !

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    Next day had some of the most beautiful tracks and roads of the trip

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    The amazing tracks and tight passes!

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    Lake just before Garda gorgeous place nice swim

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    German guy riding and enjoying

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    Dinner was amazing local speciality of spinach gnocchi with butter

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    Riding through a natural park
    And again a huge piece of iron through the rear tyre and tube, 2 in a few days !!

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    I used the panniers to prop the bike up which turned out to be a bad idea as they kept shifting and I ended up making a hole in one of them

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    Ridiculous tool from Husqvarna (ktm) please...

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    Ended up using this which works great for many occasions

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    Managed to change tubes and mount the wheel back on. I offered to change the bike for a horse but no one agreed !

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    It must be my rooky situation when dealing with a flat... but is it not a feeling of dread and almost depression when you realise that you have lost the air in one of your tires, followed by pure exertion and sweat, ending in a feeling of utter satisfaction, extreme thirst, grubbiness and need for alcohol and food ??

    Drove from the lakes and spent a night in Vicenza

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    My favourite pasta after flat # 2!

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    Met with some friends in Garda

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    Drove straight to Ljubljana as I had an appointment at Husqvarna the following morning. Great beer btw. So next will be Slovenia!

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    He's back! Thanks for the great update :clap glad to see you are doing well, except for the punctures :lol3 Cheers.
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  14. Pcq

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    Slovenia is a beautiful country. Ljubljana is a dream small capital city and as for Bovec and the surrounding mountains it is breathtaking...

    As I mentioned I had to make an appointment at the husky dealer to get my bike serviced so I arrived into Ljubljana late on a Thursday night by highway...

    The next day I was at the shop by 10am so the guys there could carry out the service, just routine stuff, getting oil and filters changed and checking the valve clearances. As the bike is still under warranty also getting the service manual stamped by the last authorised centre this side of the Balkans apparently.

    Btw the guys were awesome. How cool is it if the guy meeting you to take you to the shop is on a skateboard.... these guys are young hard core riders and really attentive to details. More on them later as we actually went for a ride together that evening...

    Getting on with the service

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    Walking around stunning Ljubljana

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    Great atmosphere at the riverside cafes

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    Street food market... lots of beautiful food, got some typical homemade smoked sausage and bread pudding...delicious

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    Some nice t shirts !

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    And awesome gin & tonic stand !

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    Met the husky guys for a go around a motocross track and some enduro riding around the area... let’s just say that there guys are pro and very experienced mx and enduro riders and I was a bit out of my league ! But great fun though and pushing the limits with caution is always good

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    That’s how a 701 is meant to be driven



    Funny how the same day the bike gets serviced the same guys drive me to end up like this... awesome ! Nothing a hosing down can’t cope with !

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    The next day I back tracked and made my way up to the Triglavski area through some amazing roads and tracks and came across Bovec airfield

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    High level skydiving going on I hung out for a while with some of the instructors and base jumpers, a completely different world...



    Mangrt pass apparently the highest road in Slovenia

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    Ran into some cool bikes on route

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    Great local beef dish

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    Some parts were single track hard core I mean with the panniers just about squeeze through !

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    Made my way down and ended up close to Trieste and crossed from there into Croatia ... that will be next !




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    TET and 701....:clap
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    Thanks for the update, Pablo :clap Slovenia looks amazing!
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  17. Pcq

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    I want to track the maintenance and any use / mechanical issues with the bike regularly in case it’s of interest to the community and so I don’t forget what came up, was done, & when. They are approx numbers...

    * info from previous owner

    2017 701 purchased used by me in June 2018 with 7500km
    990 km Madrid dealer service *
    Suspension redone front and rear by specialist *
    4.000km Rekluse clutch installed *
    7.700km Rekluse discs burn
    7.700km cooling fan fuse blown and replaced after deep water crossing
    7.700km Original clutch reinstalled (4.000km of use *) including new slave
    7.700km dealer service oil and filters changed
    7.700km suspension adjusted by specialist
    7.700km new seat cover installed

    Start of adventure
    8.500km lights front and rear stop functioning, simply a bad connection
    9.500km rear tyre replaced (mt21 for scorpion rally)
    9.500km oil topped off (500ml)
    9.700km flat rear tyre, new tube & rim brake installed. Air filter cleaned & swapped
    10.000km rear flat, tube repaired
    12.700km Ljubljana dealer service oil and filters changed, valve clearances checked, air filter cleaned. Diagnostic all Ok
    13.000km blinker goes haywire pending still haven’t figured if wiring is bad or led has broken ...
    14.000km flat front tyre tube repaired
    14.500km new 3mm tubes fitted front and rear
    14.700km oil topped off (500ml)




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    Is a half liter of oil per 2000km to be expected with this bike / engine? Sounds a bit much to me.
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    Good question maybe a bit much es although they are pretty high performing engines I dunno it might depend on how much right hand is dealt ... I give it stick and the bike is loaded so I’m not that surprised but would be good to know other people’s experience...


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    Croatia and BiH surprised me as does every new region I come across. This is one particular area of the world that I read and followed in the 90s and 2000s as so much happened here. Even before that in the 70s and 80s Yugoslavia seemed mysterious and powerful to us young Western Europeans, a socialist republic that seemed to have scarce means but delivered big results.

    Through BiH in particular I felt goosebumps on many occasions as certain names of cities and districts came up on the map, also when talking to locals, I could not but think of the war in the 90s and what this region went through...and it’s nature immensely beautiful and unspoiled at the same time.

    This is the route approx I managed through both countries

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    I arrived to Croatia from Trieste and road on to the Istria peninsula, to amazing natural rolling mountains and turquoise sea ...

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    At the guesthouse the kids took a liking to my helmet

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    Riding up to the mountains and lakes

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    Down to the amazing coastline ...
    From Karlobag to Starigrad is out of this world



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    Amazing grilled squid for dinner

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    Is there a better breakfast spot ??

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    Down towards Zadar and back up the mainland to spend the night at a family run pension as Zadar was so full. Met these kids on a bike and they showed me around towards Zadar

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    Awesome views and dinner. Family sat down and chatted about the past and present of the region and it was very insightful.

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    Another amazing swim and coffee just downstairs from the hotel... this part of the coast is amazing

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    Headed past Ston and up to Orebic on the peninsula catching amazing swims

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    Enjoying a simple lunch at the best place possible

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    Typical bourek and great coffee

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    Road to beautiful Dubrovnik and it’s stunning coastline the next day and then up and into Bosnia and Herzegovina, up to Mostar
    The border crossing and route were breathtaking

    I arrived at the best b&b run by a super friendly couple, and then took a stroll through the Mostar stari grad

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    Typical Local food for dinner was delicious

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    Amazing breakfast in the garden at the b&b

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    My back break pads were worn so the owner hooked me up in Sarajevo to get some new ones

    The alternate route from Mostar to Sarajevo was amazing

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    I stopped for some local food, bourek made the traditional way with cheese from the owners goats, and traditional coffee, amazing experience

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    Got to the shop and installed the new pads

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    I also got some spares for the front so I’ll be able to change them later

    It turns out that the owner of the car shop is an old rally legend

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    Check out his wall of trophies

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    A stroll around vibrant and beautiful Sarajevo, it was the international film festival so there was an interesting mix of film stars, crew, and the multi ethnic mix that Sarajevo appears to be. Very interesting the beautiful city has lots to offer...

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    The next day riding through parts of the TET towards Montenegro

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    Local beer and dish that evening

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    The next day I met two Italian bikers close to the Montenegro border so we rode together for the day. When you have been riding solo for nearly a month it is nice to ride with some company...

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    Next up Montenegro... so far the Balkans are amazing !!






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