RTW on a H.A.T. In the slow lane.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gperkins, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. gperkins

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    Yep, know about that one yokesman, when you enter any of the former Soviet states, including mother Russia you have to get that form at the first boarder, carry it all the way and submit it when you leave the former USSR. You should've sent them to us, we would have pointed them in the right direction. :D To be fair, thats a good example of some of the "admin" that you have to do. It's never bloody ending thats for sure. We are currently scratching our heads making sure we have got everything in order. Two more sleeps and we are back on the plane to be reunited with the bike and onwards we go, woohoo. :p3rry
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    Sounds good. I've been missing the reports.:clap
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    I knwe our departure was close to your return.
    We have one more sleep ourselves, not counting the one on the plane that leaves LAX at 1130pm tuesday night. AS for the report, just found it yesterday n thought any info to you may be of some help. But as you reminded me just now, you Two Have been around the block a few times , so the paperwork is not surprising, as when we first messaged about Thailand entry in 2016, real shame the direction they went on visa upon entry.
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  4. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    @gperkins and co-pilot know paperwork that is for sure.

    For the record, getting into Thailand is increasingly easy without a guide. They are backing off of it and there are people getting into Thailand weekly now. Head over to the HUB site and there are folks on there who can help make it happen. It is still hit or miss, but mostly hit now. That said, all of ASEAN is a bit of mess right now with entries/exits/etc.

    Glad you're about to saddle up again! Looking forward to the photos!!!
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    Mark , we rode our FZ 150 2up Around All of Thailand in 2016 to leave the end of May that year , having not covered much more than 12K KM
    110 days total between thai n Laos, saw the superbike in suriram as a treat.
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  6. gperkins

    gperkins graeme

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    Thanks cwc when we return to Spain we start with a bang thats for sure. We are straight into the following la fallas, valencia It's going to be a hell of a party. I just hope I can capture it all in photos.
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    No worries yokesman, we return to the "Stans" next year and will once again have to carry this document. Be sure to post up your little sojourn.
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    I continue to follow developements there in Thailand markinthailand and see that common sense is begining to prevail. It's now actually possible to enter Thailand from Myanmar without the ridiculous Thai guide rule. Theres hope yet!
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    Well, I'm sure they'll come up with something else stupid given enough time! :-)
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    just need another chinese bus to run into a thai minister n we will All be excluded, but the chinese.
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    boristhebold Been here awhile

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    I'm spending a windy, rainy day in the UK seeking out ride reports I've missed for whatever reason. Yours has me for the next few hours. Great writing and stunning pictures.


    The below struck a cord, certainly in the UK we are coming out the other side of this thinking and realising that not everyone can get a degree and that for many many things, the experience and ability to actually do or make something is worth way more than a certificate.

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    Looking forward to seeing route through the "Stans". We are hopefully on track to follow some of your foot steps from down under to the UK next year. It is good to see Thailand opening up again...long may it continue!
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    Thanks for the kind words boristhebold, I've always just tried to write it as I see it, without the embelishment or unnecessary waffle. Of course thats all open to subjecture and opinion. With the photos, it's always been a hobby of mine and one that I continue to try to improve. You can't help but find great subject matter when on a trip such as ours. These last couple of days, has given me some amazing oppurtunities with the lens. I just need a day or two to get post it all up. But with jet lag and hitting the street running and an incredible amount of socialising, it's damn near impossible to find the time. But find the time I will. Valencia during the Falles is nothing short of incredible.

    I hope you continue to enjoy our little adventure boristhebold.
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    You'll love the "Stans" DerekP, we enjoyed it so much that we will pass back through there in 2020, of course in reverse and via some different routes. Who knows our paths may cross at some time, that sort of things happens a lot. Safe travels in any case.
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    We've been told more than once that gunpowder runs through the vieins of the people of Valencia and surrounds. I'm starting to think there maybe some truth to that. You just know that when you start your day by lighting up hundreds upon hundreds of fireworks at 8am in a residential district, then following a brass band around the streets at an unsociable hour of the morning that, that day is going to hold a lot of promise. So it was that the celebration of the "Falles of Valencia" begun yesterday. This year sees the festivities start on the 15th and will finnish the night of the 19th March. My word the Spanish know how to celebrate in style. Kids of 4 through to grandparents of 84 are all in on the act. Lighting up crackers, dressing in traditional costume, eating and drinking, it's just one great party everywhere you look.

    I'm not at all sure of the history, but each district or small community has their own social group or club, each of which builds their unique falla. The falla is a complex and ornate statue of sorts made typically from a wooden frame and painstakingly covered with cardboard and paper. Once the final shape is achieved it is then beautifully painted and decorated. At the beginning of each year an artists impression is drawn for the theme of the falla and a budget is allocated, then the proposal is submitted to the contolling body, at which time the falla is allocated which section it will be competing. The themes are typically satirical and poke fun at politicians, business people or the church. The largest or grande fallas can easily cost up to 40,000 euros to construct. :eekers

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    Wakey, wakey, it's 8am after all.

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    A cacophony of fireworks not enough, ok we can fix that.

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    After the march around town it was time for breakfast, with wine and beer of course.

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    Our hosts Pilar and Jose belong to the Falla Xurruca here in Port du Sagunta, about 25 klms from Valencia.

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    This is going to seem like a lot of photos, but I really think it is worth it, the art work is truly astonishing.

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    Heres just one example of the satire. This depicts a fat cat businesman turning shit into gold and making a huge wad of cash in the process.

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    Here we have a clergyman holding a copy of the Karma sutra, sadly a too common a story around the world.

    I'll just let the colour speak for itself.

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    Yesterday and today the judges went around to pass out the prizes. There are 30 Falles in Port de Sagunt where we are, 300 in Valencia and many, many more in the surrounding towns. The lucky handfull that win first prize have their Falla's saved for prosperity. The rest are burnt to the gound this coming tuesday night. Yep you read that right, truly incredible!
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    GREAT report and photos. I for 1, have really missed them. Glad you’re back!
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    Wow. That's amazing -- and your photos (as usual) are great!
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    Thanks BarryB, when Katrina & I knew we would return to Spain in time for the Falle's, we knew it would be an event, we really had no idea just how incredible it really would be.
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    You really can't go wrong when you have subject matter like the Falle's to photograph markinthailand. The jet lag is pretty much now behind us, the sun is out and two more days of festivities, good time!