Sauerkraut & Tofuwurst - Vegan bikers trotting the globe

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  1. kuhjunge

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    It was good that we wanted to stay so long in Fort William as we needed to solve a few major issues. The first one was that the credit card company was so kind and closed my card due to "suspicious activities" and even after a long phone call with my bank it was not possible to re-open the card. Instead I needed a new one. Without credit card it is often not possible to do e.g. motel/room reservations and thus it was essential to us to get a new one quickly. That is normally not so difficult and only takes a few days, unless you happen to travel around the world ;)<br />
    Lucky us, we could now offer a temporary address where we would stay long enough so that the new card can be shipped. That was one reason to wait, stay foot and hope that the letter arrives before we need to depart.<br />
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    The next major issue was the problem with Skippy's bike. During the normal chain maintenance I noticed that the brand new Hyperpro rear shock was leaking. I made a test sitting on the bike and for sure the oil was gone in the suspension. Milady only commented that there was a "klong" once in a while (she thought they came from the sidecases) ;)<br />
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    So I emailed and called Hyperpro and they agreed to send the required spare parts, so we can get the shock fixed in the next bigger town. We had several options where to go (all about 100miles away) and the second company I called did repair shocks and they also had time. Great, now it was all about waiting for the spares to arrive.<br />
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    Skippy's bike needed also an oil change - our first real regular maintenance. At this point, I would like to say BIG THANX to Kenny - our host. He let me use his garage to change the oil and was even nice to collect and recycle the old oil. That was more then I hoped for and the maintenance work was done in no time. I also cleaned the Scotts oil filter, since the extra work is marginal and the opinions on how often to clean those re-usable oil filters vary. <br />
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    Besides relaxing, enjoying life in Kenny´s great log cabin (it really felt almost like home - only Sauna was missing) and waiting for the mail (thanx again Kenny for this favor and for acting as our temp mail address as we also ordered some vegan dog food and needed a shipping address). There are plenty of things to see and do in Fort William. <br />
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    The next day we decided to experience the steam train ride on the Jacobite from Fort William and Mallaig. We followed the (smoke) smells of the Hogwarts Express and rode over the Glenfinnan Viaduct - known to all Harry Potter fans. The landscape was really beautiful and this time, I could sit back, relax and take some clips compared to when riding the bike. We had a small walk in Mallaig and we got ourselves a few books from the local second hand book shop.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I love those kind of "smart" signs :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">55t snowplough rebuilt from a former V2 locomotive tender</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Skippy inspecting wild life in Mallaig</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Beautiful flower in the water</td></tr>
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    The following day we made a hike to Nevis gorge and Steall Falls. The gorge was magnificient with all its huge (and I mean HUGE) rocks and the potholes washed out by the currents over the time. On the pictures the gorge looked like a miniatur model as I was not able to capture the dimensions and the depths of the gorge. It was late afternoon and we were almost alone on Steall Falls. Great opportunity to take a few more special pics of my beloved better half.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The "kiddo" also could not resists to climb the steel rope even though I would say it was easier to walk through the river :D</td></tr>
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    It was Friday the 12th of July and we reserved our last day for packing, last laundry and finally I had
    the right energy and motivation to do a little nordic walking -
    after over 6000km, I could use my hiking sticks :D<br />
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    Next day we left this great place with a little sorrow...<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Skippy swimming in Loch Ness - no monster appeared ;)</td></tr>
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    The beauty and the comfort came with a high price for us low budget travellers. It was clear to us that the following days we would need to go camping. As we learned earlier, the strange thing about camping is that our dogs might cost tra and in the end the difference to a motel or to a B&amp;B compared to camping with three dogs might be marginal. Anyway, camping is was and the camping places we tried out were fully booked, and the many other sites were only for caravans. At some point we got enough and decided to go into the wild. We found a resting place besides a river with a decent spot. There was a table and a trash bin on which we could find the "rules" for camping in the wild.<br />
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    Well, it turned out that the traffic was more then expected and we found unbelievable trash in the water. &nbsp;Besides all sorts of metal objects, cables, I diged out what looked like a motor from a washing-machine and a blinker for fishing (not very nice if you step into one).<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">All the sudden a deer came to inspect the river</td></tr>
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    On top of that there was a warning sign that the river level might change rapidly due to the hydro power station. That all reduced our desire to go for a good swim. Since we also saw and learned that resting places appear to be used heavily as human toilet (BTW, never seen a fine for that, only dog fouling is forbidden!) and the heavy and sudden noises throughout the night, we did not feel like staying more then needed. <br />
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    It was now Monday morning. We got up early, packed our stuff and headed towards Perth to get Skippy's bike fixed. We found the place easily and after a short talk, I started to take out the rear shock. The mechanic got right away to it and we went off for a nice picnic lunch in King's park enjoying strawberries, rasberries and some indian food. The repaired shock went quickly back into the bike. As I was crawling on the floor tying up all th bolts, Skippy was so kind and provided me with our rainbow umbrella some shade. A pity we do not have a picture of this :D<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wolfi packing up his toolbox after the repair</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Skippy had a chance to sit her "Nessie" onto the topcase</td></tr>
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    We were ok to continue and headed off to St. Andrews.<br />
    <br />
    ~ Wolfi<br />
    <br />
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  2. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    For those of you hard core bikers who wonder what we eat, I give you an example of our cuisine and two links to our blog :deal:

    luxyry cooking

    and camping food

    enjoy the reading :1drink
    #42
  3. X1Glider

    X1Glider Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    Tomball, TX
    Loving the report so far. Fantastic that you are able to take the pets with you. That's the toughest part for me when I go away...missing them. But I can't imagine 7 cats in a sidecar would go very well.:lol3
    #43
  4. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    15/07/2013<br />
    After fixing my bike in Perth we headed towards St. Andrew in the east coast. Mainly because I wanted to see the beach which was used in the film 'Chariots of Fire' and also wanted to do kind of re-enact of the opening scene... just for fun! :D The idea of camping in St. Andrews didn't really work out 'cos everything was already fully booked or didn't allow tent (what's the thing with this everywhere???). So we had to&nbsp; go a bit further along the coast to St. Monans, where we luckily found a pretty nice camp site for three nights.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">But by humans must be ok... at least it looks like that everywhere!!! (a sign on one of the camp sites wall, which didn't like tents either)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wolfi's evening beer, while watching the local football club practice opposite of our pitch :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Of course not! See the interesting phone line distribution...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Kids playground nearby. Have to start practice the roundabouts early enough! :D</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Beautiful and mellow evenings.</td></tr>
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    17/07/2013<br />
    Relaxing (and some running) at the St. Andrews beach. Very HOT day!<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A bit too hot for girls, but at least Ulpu was smart to go to shade :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Healthy lunch at the beach, yummy!!!</td></tr>
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    <br />
    After the beach we visited the "Scotland's best kept secret". We saw those signs when we drove to St. Monans two days earlier and of course got interested to know what is it all about...<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A military bunker built after the first atomic bomb and used during the cold war...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Abbot</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Interesting vehicle for handicaps :D</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Darn - we left them all at home!</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/30338137_SZ6524#!i=2654150688&amp;k=5vkLW84&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-5vkLW84/0/L/20130717_288-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Old times messaging center.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/30338137_SZ6524#!i=2654150576&amp;k=R4ZkNbP&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-R4ZkNbP/0/L/20130717_293-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Radio broadcast control room - full of "old", but very interesting technology.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">35mm portable movie projector. Besides the radio room the only really interesting objects for a movie geek in this museum!</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">These old telefax machines brought back good old memories to Wolfi... (is he really that old?! :D)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">And of course there were plenty of all sorts of guns.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The German collection room full of WW2 and DDR items.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wolfi - "Connecting People".</td></tr>
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    18/07/2013 <br />
    We drove to Stirling via Bo'ness because of the motor museum there full of James Bond memorabilia. I didn't realize the place until after we'd already left Falkirk and was really disappointed :( Wolfi wasn't too eager to make a such divert, but after the (boring) visit to the Bunker this was easy to justify ;) I needed to have some interesting fun as well! and in the end Wolfi liked the place a lot, which I knew he would :) <br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bo'ness Motor Museum</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Finally got my arms around James Bond ;) He doesn't really look like any of the six, but I decided he's George Lazenby 'cos "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is one of my big favorites. </td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wolfi playing with the rocket launcher from "Tomorrow Never Dies".</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lotus Esprit from "The Spy Who Loved Me".</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="427" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-64nrgVJ/0/L/20130718_332-L.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" width="640" /></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wolfi got spooked by the Harry Potter spider! </td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Sweet motorbiker :)</td></tr>
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    <br />
    Finally in Stirling (or nearby?) at the Witches Craig camping place, where we stayed for five nights. Mostly just relaxing, sunbathing (I finally got some nice color :)) and catching up with the internet stuff... Very nice place besides a beautiful forest and great hills to exercise. Only minuses were the noisy street close by and too far away located toilets! (and the bugging neighborhood kids!) We also learned from the locals how to possess a campsite table for our own use :D It was really entertaining to watch how those tables traveled around the place... <br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Our home: bedroom, kitchen, lounge, closets &amp; cupboards... Nothing's missing! :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">These boys were the number one fans of our girls (and our chairs)!</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The other one had to leave after two days, but this one stayed until very end! Girls did get a bit fed up as well...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The hills behind the camping place. We had great exercise there every day!</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">View from the top.</td></tr>
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    21/07/2013<br />
    Day trip to the Doune Castle, which was heavily used for example in the Monty Python's Holy Grail -film. That was a very interesting and hilarious trip! Terry Jones's recorded guided tour was great fun! <br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Doune Castle</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Located on a pretty cool hill and between rivers.</td></tr>
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    <br />
    <a href="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/30338137_SZ6524#!i=2654146929&amp;k=vpXZWR4&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-vpXZWR4/0/L/20130721_408-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/30338137_SZ6524#!i=2654146661&amp;k=6RBM6CD&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-6RBM6CD/0/L/20130721_435-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Huge fireplace in the kitchen!</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Spot a street sign?</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Scary...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/30338137_SZ6524#!i=2654148242&amp;k=QMkLLVJ&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-QMkLLVJ/0/L/20130720_353-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">We have really been amazed throughout our journey in Britain, that how badly the trees and bushes are taken care of in front of street signs and quite often extremely important ones!!! &nbsp; </td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/30338137_SZ6524#!i=2654147721&amp;k=VPB2c86&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-VPB2c86/0/L/20130720_387-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">One day on our walk up on the hills we met these fellows really close
    by. Could have easily pet them, but they had a young calf with and we
    had to be careful that girls don't make them angry... so we kindly changed our route :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/30338137_SZ6524#!i=2654147596&amp;k=GbfsQpm&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="422" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-GbfsQpm/0/L/20130720_398-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">So beautiful and peaceful creatures.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Our lovely neighbors.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/30338137_SZ6524#!i=2654148707&amp;k=5tDJrRK&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title=""><img alt="" height="427" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-5tDJrRK/0/L/20130719_346-L.jpg" title="" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Our first ice cream (vanilla soya ice cream) of the summer! Especially Wolfi had been anxiously waiting for this! Enjoyed with christmassy apple cake -&gt; perfect combination.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-Rw6J4qF/0/XL/20130723_006-XL.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://sauerkraut-and-tofuwurst.smugmug.com/Europe/1307/i-Rw6J4qF/0/XL/20130723_006-XL.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">At the last morning I suddenly saw these sweet fellows having breakfast just behind our tent, and they were "together" for a very long time! What a lovely cheer up :)</td></tr>
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    23/07/2013<br />
    We left the camping place just before the expected thunder storm hit and had a wet journey back to England via delicious shopping in the Glasgow's Whole Foods...<br />
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    <br />
    Ilta<br />
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  5. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    879
    Location:
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    Our days in the UK are counted. We will ride from Sheffield towards Cornwall and continue to Dover - a little less than 1000miles.&nbsp;We welcome you to give us some tips on nature attractions (no city stuff please) as well as raw-food places and low budget (dog-friendly) accommodations.

    Stonehenge and the Beaulieu National Motor Museum are already on our list.
    The picture shows our approximate route.

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    #45
  6. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    1,808
    PM sent with suggestions....
    #46
  7. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2011
    Oddometer:
    879
    Location:
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    Some flashbacks of my old job - "plans are nothing, planning is everything" :) &nbsp;Our plan was to visit Les to get spare bulb for my HID50, ride through parts of Wales before we come to Cornwall...<br />
    <br />
    We had a good lunch at Whole Foods and I could enjoy another Soy Latte (tip: give it a try - besides that it is vegan, it also tastes better then with cow milk). It was time to get some milage done and we rode major roads towards Lake District, where we camped for two nights near Keswick.&nbsp;As we walked our dogs, we found by accident some signs hinting towards <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlerigg_stone_circle" target="_blank">Castlerigg stone circle</a>&nbsp;(no pics). We explored the place and I was stunned by the surroundings - beautiful and inspiring! I could easily imagining me sitting there, bonfire, drinking &amp; eating and discussing the purpose of life :D<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wolfi doing "office" work - Lyra showing how bored she is :D</td></tr>
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    It was this time of the month where we typically stay in one place for several days and we found a decent motel in Rotherham. At the check-in we had some hick-ups about the charges for our dogs (they wanted 5GBP/dog/night even though at the time of the booking it said - no extra charges). Well we got the dogs for free (room price was 49GBP - imagine 15GBP only for the dogs extra). The motel was in an industrial area and since it was weekend, it was very quit here - good for us and easier to have walks with the dogs.<br />
    <br />
    It was Saturday 27.7. and I decided it is time to do some laundry. And boy, did I get a deja-vu about this money stuff in GB when I was in the laundry place (see <a href="http://www.sauerkraut-tofuwurst.com/2013/07/scotland-thurso-isle-of-skye.html" target="_blank">comments on one of the previous post</a>). &nbsp;I had my washing machine filled and soap already in, that I realized only then I do not have enough coins. So I went to the counter and wanted to change one GBP note to coins. Well, the note was from the Bank of Scotland and I was in England! The lady refused to take the note! Lucky me, I had somewhere a 5GBP note from England. F****** Unbelievable.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I love to see all those Robin Hood movies, and thus it was a must-do for me to visit Sherwood Forest. We had a short walk with the dogs before rain did catch us and we return to the bikes to continue our journey.</td></tr>
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    <br />
    Just before Chesterfield, my charging control lamp went on. This was not good! I called Les to tell him we will be late and hoped he had some good ideas. Amazing, I had another deja-vu (Rudi, you will remember this). Broken charger and it was Monday, which meant that the "typical" bike repair shop is closed :(<br />
    <br />
    I lifted the tank a little, whether I could see anything (no idea what one could see but I did it anyway), I saw nothing and put everything back together.&nbsp;After some thinking, googling and calling around, we decided to hit towards Nottingham. My big battery would certainly last for those 50km or so. The BMW dealer there did not have time to fix my bike as they were fully booked, but then at least I could buy or order spare parts. We booked a cheap hotel via internet, I put off all my lights and off we went.<br />
    <br />
    So, we thought... I pushed the start button on my bike and it did not start - instead it was spitting petrol from one of the connection pieces. P******! This cannot be happening. Two faults at once. I took broken connecter pieces away and connected the fuel horse directly to the fuel filter (which is outside my tank). After that fix, we finally could get going (the sales persons of the shop must have thought I have diarrhoea since I went so often to the toilet to wash my fingers) :D<br />
    <br />
    We arrived in our hotel in Nottingham and the guy at the reception was so friendly to lent me his battery charger to charge my battery. In the meantime, I had a quick look - easy things first, so I checked the poly-belt and BINGO. It fell off when I opened the cover. That was easy.<br />
    Maybe here is a good time to end the ongoing dispute in some of the GS/boxer forums whether the service of the poly belt is 40.000 or 60.000km. I strongly recommend to change it at 40.000km. It costs about 16EUR and saves you from trouble on the road and additional costs like cancellation fee of a booked hotel.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Broken parts</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">After many P******, I decided to remove the tank. 2.5h later and we were back on the road.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Emergency cap for the fuel line</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lyra is bored during the repair - nobody played with her...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Skippy is bored and explores the wildlife in the bushes behind my bike</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Colourful looking police beamers</td></tr>
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    Yes, Guy - I should have listened to you and changed the belt at home as well as took the fuel-quick-coupling spare parts.&nbsp;We treated ourselves "nice" this evening and saw the movie "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World%27s_End_(film)" target="_blank">The world's end</a>". Next morning I got a spare and changed it myself at the dealer's parking lot. On a positive note, it was warmer now, then when I would have changed the belt at home in my shed during winter and I had more space around me ;)<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Poor Lyra got stung by a bee :</td></tr>
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    The next few days we rode mostly bigger roads to get to Cornwall.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cornwall - Cliffs of Morwenstow&nbsp;</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">More cliffs of Morwenstow</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Happy cows(?) at the Cliffs of Morwenstow</td></tr>
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    It was 2.8. and we hit our first major milestone - 3 months on the road (with all its consequences in regard to the Finnish social security system).<br />
    <br />
    ~ Wolfi<br />
    <br />
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  8. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    I had to laugh at the English lady who would not exchange a Scottish pound note! I could have sworn that by the Act of Union in 1707 they were made equivalent....but those pesky Scots have been getting mighty independent-minded of late so perhaps I'm wrong. Actually I am more than a little bit astonished that there are still one pound Scots notes around. I would have thought by now they would have developed a one pound Scots coin...and then those nice English ladies would still refuse to exchange them when you found that the laundry machine would not take a Scots coin! :lol3

    I will expose here my complete and absolute ignorance of the Finnish social service system, by asking what exactly is the significance of being on the road for three months?

    Great RR !
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  9. MitchG

    MitchG Iron Collector

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    Curious about that as well? Keep up the great reports!
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  10. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Today at Tesco in Cliffsend...
    I used my last 20 pound note from the Clydesdale Bank to pay for our grocery shoppings and the cashier (no trainee) had to ask their boss whether they take scottish money and they both looked with great disbelief at the note. :rofl

    OMG:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky

    well, we are "done" with UK and more coming up soon...:deal
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  11. KLF

    KLF Adventurer

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    Basically, they start to reduce/recalculate benefits at that point (if getting any) and also there's some changes how the service system handles possible medical bills. If nothing else, it's paperwork. After a year out of country there's more to come.

    Unfortunately I couldn't find a good source in english. The english version of the formal pages assume you are a foreigner moving in and describes how things work then...
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  12. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    I lived for almost 20years in Finland and the good thing is that the social security system takes care of your health. So no need for health insurances (of course you can still have those, so that bills at private doctors are better repaid). And since it works, I never had to worry about.

    Now, when you travel abroad for longer than three months, you will typically loose those benefits and associated travel-health insurances are also affected by that i.e. they do not cover you any longer. There are several cases when you can apply for exceptions, e.g. you travel as part of foreign service contract, or do sports etc. In our case, since we left Finland completely, we dropped out of the system totally and this also means that the travel health insurance is not any longer valid.:huh

    Unfortunately for us, the insurance lady forgot to mentioned this to us when we prepared for this trip. :eek1

    This is not a catastrophe as we knew that the Finnish travel health insurance would have stopped anyway latest after one year.

    The hurdles of a globetrotter's life :evil
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  13. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    We left the&nbsp;St. Buryan's&nbsp;camping place to see the other "Land's End". After we saw, that we should pay for parking, we were so turned off... another tourist thing. We said to ourselves "Enough of this", turned around and hit the road.

    We were looking for some accommodation around Exeter and after a 2h search we gave up and went to Crealy Meadows campsite for one night before we hit Southampton. Camping for one night is not our favourite. Well it was a deluxe campsite, which might be beautiful in 10-15 years once the trees have grown to a meaningful size ;)

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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Another healthy and delicious lunch</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">We saw Stonehenge - "been there done that" ;)</td></tr>
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    The next two nights we spend in Southampton and we reserved a full day to visit the Beaulieu Motor Museum. Plenty of 007 and Top Gear stuff - it was great :)
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Fascinating mechanical design</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Royal Enfield Quadricycle 1900 Great Britain</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">This is the famous Ford Model T - at least in UK, they had colours, other then black :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Aston Martin - slightly used by 007</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">BMW R1200C - Bond escaping the bad guys in Tomorrow Never Dies</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">BAT 5/6hp and wicker sidecar 1913 Great Britain</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">OMG... :D</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A "typical" Top Gear vehicle</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Jeremy Clarkson rode the Vespa 1000miles across Vietnam in eight days</td></tr>
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    We rode from Southampton to Altenkessel within a few days, riding mostly highways and increasing our country count by one as we rode through Luxembourg :D

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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Evening walk at the beach in Margate (last night in UK)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Our fruit lover waiting for a piece of apple :D</td></tr>
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    We were totally exhausted and felt that we really need a "vacation". Road life can be tough. We knew that we will stay for almost two weeks at Rudi who lives nearby Wolfi's old home. So it felt like going home and it was really something to look forward to.

    ~ Wolfi
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  14. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    We thought to summarize our visit to the UK since we spent there 8 weeks and rode about 5500km. <br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Our track in UK</td></tr>
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    <span style="font-size: large;">Going to UK and coming back to Europe</span><br />
    First of all - the traveling to and from UK. We checked ferries and the train. In the end we went with DFDS from Calais to Dover. It is an 1.5h journey, the fastest ferry connection we could get (Dunkerque-Dover is about 2h). The sidecar costed with the three dogs 109GBP, the solobike 29GBP. We could not do the booking online since the program did not allow the combination of sidecar and travelling with pets. Instead we used the phone and later internet chat. The train would have been much more expensive as the sidecar is charged like a car and at that time they charged 30GBP/dog! The journey was swift and smooth. The only bad thing was that in the car deck there were horrible noises and the car alarms went on regularly (what we could hear during boarding and embarkation). Our girls got a thorough check at the check-in e.g., chip numbers, vaccinations. The arrival in UK was very easy and a few minutes later we were good to go.<br />
    On the way out of UK we decided to go again with DFDS. It was the cheapest as dogs traveled for free when going out of the UK and the sidecar cost "only" 34GBP. Nobody checked the dogs when we checked-in - we got our sticker "pets in vehicle" and that was it. There was also no customs check on the French border for us.<br />
    <span style="font-size: large;">Biking in UK</span><br />
    Left-side traffic was not a problem anymore for us since we've been motorbiking already in AUS and NZ. England was totally boring from riding point of view. Roundabout after roundabout after village after village and some more roundabouts besides fields full of sheep... So it's either very slow average speed or highway/motorway. In both cases you don't get to enjoy too much scenery because the small streets have up to 4m high bush-fences on both sides of the street (often felt like riding in a tube/channel) and highways are typically anyway boring.<br />
    Small streets in Scotland were much more enjoyable. We rode along coastlines, at the edges of lochs and through the highlands. The streets are curvy, only a few roundabouts and single track traffic is good for increasing your adrenalin levels. The sad part was that typically the street was fenced at both sides with barb wires to keep the sheep and cattle on their fields. This made it difficult to find a nice green and spacy spot for a break. The standard rest place on the road is right besides the road (like an emergency lane) with no green and no space around. Even opening your car door appears dangerous when other trucks pass by with 50mph. We found only a few of our kind of resting places yet still not as good compared to middle European or Finnish culture. We speculated whether the typical UK driver has a rest only in a pub? :) <br />
    We were shocked to see how badly the surroundings of important street signs were taken care of! Too often hidden by bushes and branches, and Wolfi had quite some trouble to navigate. Haven't experienced such in any other country so far.<br />
    <span style="font-size: large;">Dogs in UK</span><br />
    Ilta though UK would be very friendly towards dogs (and other pets) because of&nbsp; all the RSPCS etc. -programs shown in Finland. Unfortunately she got a bit disappointed... First of all there is huge amount of "No Dog Poop"-signs everywhere (with fines up to 1000GBP!), but then the streets, parks, forests and beaches are full of human waste! (with no fine?) So the dogs really aren't the biggest problem, but for some reason people are just heavily focused on them... this was somehow bit sad :(&nbsp;Naturally we cleaned after our dogs and ourselves, because it's the responsible thing to do!!!<br />
    Finding dog friendly accommodations can be very difficult and we don't recommend to do it after a long ride and extremely tired! :D You will just loose your nerves! So first of all many places don't take dog customers at all and if they do the costs might be very high and ridiculous like 20 GBP/dog/night! Unbelievable! We understand that one has to pay the final cleaning, but what is this nightly payment about?! At least we haven't got daily service when being in one place for several days, because of the dogs in the room! These things aren't specific to UK, but the prices were the highest we've seen so far.<br />
    Luckily there has been some very nice people whose hearts have melted when they saw our cute little poodles and gave us accommodation even though dogs were not allowed. Well our girls are behaving very nicely, don't bark for nothing, don't chew furniture and don't stink nor shed any hair! (advertisement for future :))<br />
    <span style="font-size: large;">Camping wild in Scotland</span><br />
    Compared to Scandinavia camping wild in Scotland is totally overrated and almost impossible! The streets are almost completely fenced because of the cattle and sheep and therefore it's very hard for a biker to get aside from the street to somewhere bit more peaceful and nicer place. There's also no "sideways" leading away from the main street, like tractor paths or then those are also fenced and behind a locked gate. For example in Scandinavia and Baltic countries you find those little paths rather easily. These are of course no problems if you travel with bicycle or by foot. Few times we did find rather nice looking fields or river sides without any fences, but then they were full of sheep or their droppings and that isn't too appealing to us...<br />
    <span style="font-size: large;">Vegan in Britain</span><br />
    To be vegan in Britain is rather simple. Bigger cities have plenty of vegan/vegetarian restaurants and shops. The biggest store chains have pretty nice "Free From"-sections, which have also plenty of vegan foods and goodies.

    Just the problem for us was that we eat rather healthy vegan food! Mostly raw and other vice sugar/fat/gluten-free. This sort of healthy vegan restaurants we didn't find too many and anyway because of the dogs it's not too easy for us to go out to eat...<br />
    For Ilta the biggest disgust was how almost all the veggies and fruits are packed in plastic, especially the organic ones!!! So to find loose organic veggies and fruits was almost impossible. Very sad and non-ecological!&nbsp;In Finland and in middle Europe it's very easy to find seasonal markets to get fresh and loose veggies, but unfortunately this sort of thing we only found in the few Whole Foods markets in Britain. Either that sort of culture is very small in Britain or the markets are very well hidden from normal tourists..?<br />
    <span style="font-size: large;">Nature/scenery in UK</span><br />
    The main reason why we went to Britain and especially to Scotland was because of the "famous" landscapes. We had heard plenty of praising words from other bikers and seen beautiful pictures in films and TV-programs. Unfortunately we have to admit that we got heavily disappointed! Yes, Scotland has some very spectacular mountains, lochs, seasides and "must-do"-tourist attractions. The things is just, that as an ethical vegan many of the scenes lost their spectacularness very quickly, because we know why they look the way they do... For example the mountains look so cool and barren because humans have cut down the forests to make space for horrible amount of sheep! So in the end we just saw plenty of raped nature and it made us very sad :( Not to mention what eventually happens to those millions of sheep!<br />
    Of course one always compares things to what one has had or experienced earlier and we've already been biking in Lappland, Alps, Australia and New Zealand. Compared to those places Scotland wasn't anything special. Ilta thinks even Lappland is ten times better place to go biking, because of all the great sand streets and truly wild unfenced nature!<br />
    England didn't have much nice views for us at all. Plenty of cut down forests, fields, towns, high bush fences and very strange national parks... We drove through many national parks and still don't understand with what criteria they got the name? All the parks looked exactly the same as the rest of the country side: cut down forests and plenty of farms with huge amount of sheep and cattle. We just didn't understand this! Maybe someone can explain us what is the big difference between normal countryside and national park in Britain..?

    The cliffs of Cornwall are cool and the waves against them great, just like seen
    for example in one of Ilta's favorite TV-shows "Wycliffe" :) Only they don't show too much what is behind your back when you look out to the sea... that is of course fields after fields with sheep and cattle! What a disappointment :(<br />
    These opinions and experiences are of course from the motorbikers' point of view. As a hiker or mountain biker you might get to experience much more really wild nature and cool scenery...<br />
    <span style="font-size: large;">Overall</span><br />
    if you love city life, greasy food, fields and sheep, as well as to travel from pub to pub - UK will be most likely for you. If you are a truly ethical vegan, you might want to adjust your expectations...<br />
    ~ Ilta &amp; Wolfi<br />
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  15. ShinyRider

    ShinyRider Adventurer

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    Go ahaed, I will follow!

    :lurk

    Weiterhin viel Glück auf eurer Reise und immer guten Grip unter den Rädern!
    #55
  16. hvralpha

    hvralpha Born2Ride

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    Looks like your African Adventure starts now. Let us know when you come to Southern Africa and we can make good recommendations for you.

    We are in the Pretoria BMW Bike club and would like to meet with you when you are here.

    Fantastic courage and ride. Enjoy because it is special no matter any hardships.
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  17. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    At first I really liked this report and I subscribed but your story has just become totally negative. Nothing is good enough for you. Everything is too expensive (compared to Scandinavia? Hard to imagine!) and you are very negative toward anything that is different from where you live or how you choose to live. Your report has just become a series of complaints about how the world fails to meet your own special expectations. Your writing is very good as a report on your reactions and observations to/about the new places you visit but you are so rigid about it all that I no longer find it of interest.

    Best of luck to you, and especially the dogs.

    Unsubscribed
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  18. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    @ShinyRider - enjoy the reading :slurp

    @hvralpha - thanx for the invitation. Looking forward to meet you. Even though it will take some time before we hit SA, we would be happy to get some hints on e.g. dog-friendly low-budget accommodations (or maybe some search engine on how to find those)

    @Blader54 - sorry to hear you lost interest. UK was really not for us and the only way to find this out was to visit and experience it. BTW, your earlier hints and comments were very welcome.
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  19. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    I love colours and wild nature, so here are pictures of some of the views I really enjoyed in Scotland. These always make me smile :)

    I don't know the names of all the plants, so feel free to comment!
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span class="tt-w" style="max-width: 300px; width: auto;"><span class="details"></span></span><span class="tt-w" style="max-width: 300px; width: auto;"><span class="details">Orange Hawkweed at Kinloch Rannoch</span></span></td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Sea life at the coast of Malaig. Those red "flowers" were totally hypnotising!</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Foxglove and a bee at Fort William. One of my favorite flowers, especially because of the beautiful bees they attract :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Spooky "fairytale" forest at Isle of Skye.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Hanging water drops are always something magical to me :)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Some sort of <span class="short_text" id="result_box" lang="en"><span class="hps">lichens at </span></span>Isle of Skye.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Yellow beauties at Dunnet Head.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cottongrass field at Dunnet Head.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">So soft and delicate.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Common Self-heal (?) at Dunnet Head.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Little white beauties and soft mosses at Dunnet Head.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Amazing Rhododendron bushes, trees and forests in many places! These I've been adoring my whole life :) Miss my own little ones back in Finland. Unfortunately I was always too amazed by these and forgot to take proper pictures...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">These kelps looked amazing and totally hypnotising in the waves! </td></tr>
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    ~ Ilta
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  20. Wal2

    Wal2 Been here awhile

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    have to agree....this has just turned into a whine, started good, but i wont be reading any more....your lack of understanding of other cultures is appalling and dissmisive, i was genuinely interested in your point of view and your standpoint....but your'e just coming across as narrow minded and intolerant just looking for things to bitch about......its not really the ADV style on the whole



    as a pro European, and not very nationalistic person, i dont usually jump to our defence, but theres 60 million people on this tiny island, we have to get along well, (hence our sense of humour) and wer'e pretty tolerant of all nationalities on the whole.

    dog sh*t is a huge problem here, everywhere you go, you get so fed up of it, unlike sheep sh*t, dog sh*t is foul and can cause nasty infections, and although i'm an animal lover, i dont like going into a hotel room after dogs have been there (as do lots of people) the rules are there for a purpose which is generally accepted as making sense.

    if you want to rail against the establishment....at least don't use the dogs for ammo.....lets hear a bit more depth than that

    don't understand the bit about Scottish money.....not all places in Switzerland (for example) will take the Euro.....Scotland is a country in its own right (within the UK) and has the right to have its own currency.....one of the reasons it is sometimes not accepted in England is because there were a lot of forged notes recently
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