Chapter II - A New Beginning or A dog and a vegan dude on a sidecar across the rest of the world A long time ago in May2013 a Finnish/German couple started together with their three dogs to ride around the world on their motorbikes. They rode together about 70000km through 38 countries across 4 continents. Tragedy happened when Hertta died late 2014 in the US. A major turning point was Costa Rica where Skippy decided to release Lyra and Ulpu from their anxiety of traveling in the sidecar. Instead we would get a car for the girls in Colombia and they could go on their own. Consequently Skippy sold her Suzi in Costa Rica. Wolfi did not want to go alone and so Peto joined as a travel companion for him. The journey continued for a little while with all being packed and loaded onto the sidecar. In Colombia we found a car for Skippy and Lyra & Ulpu. However a short while later we admitted that Lyra's travel days seemed to be over. Skippy sold the car and went back to Europe. Wolfi & Peto continue with the sidecar through South America. On this blog and channel you will be able to follow Wolfi & Peto on their adventure, the up's and down's and how they manage now on their own without their cook, without Skippy, Lyra and Ulpu as travel companions. Stay tuned for more travelogues, pictures, reports, pet & bike friendly accommodation hints, detailed tracks, border crossing stories and more. If you want to follow the girls you need to tune in into her youtube channel (raw on the road). Get to know us in our family, read more about happenings and events in our blog, see what bikes we ride, and what gadgets and equipment we have. Our actual track can be found here. During our journey we are promoting a "cruelty free world". We will do so by helping animal shelters and sanctuaries. More to come on this topic... UPDATE 15July2015: I think this new post format takes a bit hit on the look and feel of our posts. First of all all old videos seems to have vanished because html is no longer allowed. Also it seems that many links have been lost. I might be able to fix this over time but it will take time. All our videos are either on our Youtube channel (some are also in vimeo - mostly for German users) and the best way to find them is via our main website: www.sauerkraut-tofuwurst.com We are a German-Finnish couple with dogs as our children. Biking together since 2006! :) We left our home in Lohja/Finland and are without a permanent address as of now. Our home is there where our bikes are. We already maintained our blog (www.sauerkraut-tofuwurst.com) for about one year before the start. Feel free to read about the preparations and planning as well as more details about the sidecar. Some of the highlights so far: Meet the family Wolfgang / Wolfi Born in Saarland, Germany and emigrated '93 I like good food ("Hauptsach gudd gess") and dark beer My favorite sport is Ju-Jutsu and related weapons Engineer and main mechanic in the family Love to build things (can now spend my energy in the sidecar project and learning to fix our bikes) A topic which is close to my heart reveals in me cheer unlimited amount of energy and enthusiasm (warning: energy level might be hazardous to others) Vegetarian since 2009, vegan since 2010 Ilta a.k.a. Satu, Skippy & mamma Finnish from nationality, but not really a traditional Finn... Fluent in English and German goes rather well Karate is one of my biggest passions and has been basically my lifestyle since 1992! First decade Goyuryu and now Wadoryu Love all sorts of other sports too, like running, swimming and dancing, just can't stay still for too long... Vegetarian/vegan since 1999 and 80/10/10 low fat raw vegan since 03/2013 Biking license got on September 2006 and instantly bought my Suzi, which was love at first sit! <3 Kind of a hippie, a bit artistic, musical and a real film geek The cook in the family! Love inventing new recipes, especially raw food stuff :) Passionate gardener and will try to invent someways to do it on the road as well... Hertta Poodle mix born about 2000 - 21.11.2014, rescued to our family in 2011 about 11kg half blind and most likely half deaf also, but absolutely adorable! mom's guardian :) loves pillows! snores as hell! loves carrots, turnips, beetroots, apples... A real vegetarian by nature! Lyra Bichon Frise-Miniature Poodle mix born 2005 about 5kg the great 'lumberjack'! loves to hunt leaves indoors only balls are fine toys! apples and pears are great delicacies Ulpu Toy Poodle born 2008 about 1.5kg frisbee geek, the bigger the better! the boss of the gang, eventhough is the smallest! makes cat and chicken noises :) Peto Terrier mix born about 2014 and we adopted him 2015 about 4.5kg Ball freak, jumps like a gazelle the man in the house curled tai Our bikes Suzuki V-Strom DL650 (sold in Costa Rica) The bike is from year 2004 and has abt. 68.000km on the odometer. Following extras, modifications & add-ons: - Lower saddle (came with the bike) - Jesse luggage Odyssey II (www.jesseluggage.com) - Givi topcase - Watercooler protection (Touratech) - Reusable stainless steel oilfilter (www.scottsonline.com) - Reusable airfilter (K&N) - Engine guard (Suzuki) - Oil cooler guard (Touratech) - Crash bars Other stuff: You can find our tracks and downloadable gpb/gpx files here. We maintain a list of bike and dog friendly accommodations. Info about the bikes (modifications, repairs, tire usage) is here. A huge thanks to all of you nice folks who let us stay at your place! You are always welcome to our home (once we found one again)! We would like to thank our contributors: Thomas D. Stuart B. Ismo A. Tracy B. and Kirk A. - thank you very much for donating spareparts for the V-Strom after Skippy's accident! Kari W. Deborah K. Island BMW Brett S. davebig - thanks for the muffler Colleen Brett S. Rajiv S. Jussi V. Chris D. Louise C. Leena B. Buy us some bananas, gas for the bikes or food for the dogs via paypal or patreon. Enjoy the reading.