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Bye Bye Nepal Its been Fantastic.

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Lumbini Birthplace of Buddha and Chitwan National Park BYE BYE Nepal

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After our offroad adventure we were pretty tired and decided to just chill out and relax for a few days. We found out Big Tom was heading to Pokhara to meet us and hang out for a couple of days and he turned up the next afternoon with his mum on the back of his BMW. We all chatted and…

The Uncharted Road To Muktinath altitude 3800m

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In the morning after
breakfast we headed to the permit office in Damside. On our way we stopped to
ask for some directions and another couple of people came over to chat this
time it was an English guy who had just got here and he was planning to spend a
few months in Nepal and India. We also had…

Pokhara Nepal

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So we rode from Kathmandu to Pokhara yesterday on the road which is supposed to be one of the worst in the country and since the average road isnt great you can imagine it was a little fun. It did take us 9 hours to get here but this included 3 stops and it taking an hour to get out…

Kathmandu Diwali and Some Exploring

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So the bike arrived as
scheduled and we went down to the Cargo area of the airport in the afternoon
but we were told it would not be ready until the following day. We did meet a
young guy who was trying to help us out who said we needed to go to the main
airport area first to get…

Nepal First Few Days in Kathmandu

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We arrived after a fantastic view out of our plane window of the Himalayan mountains poking through the clouds. It was a hell of a site and got us both pretty excited The airport was one of the smallest I have ever seen but it was pretty well organised except that the ATM upstairs didnt work so Cat had to…

Dubai

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Dubai has been great. Very relaxing. The first thing we did was take the bike to KTM. I say the first thing we went the following day after arriving. We also washed all our clothes properly for the first time for over a month including our bike gear. I was so overjoyed that for the first time in my life…

Iran

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After two days of
rest we made our way to the Iran border Cat in full longsleeves and
headscarf and under her bike gear.
As we got close near
Mount Ararat we saw another biker so I decided to pull over and see if he was
ok. He was but he was just stopping to take some photos. His name…

Charity Ride to Tbilisi

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So the next morning we
woke up and left Istanbul in 2 groups as the 3 BMW riders had to collect their
bikes from the service and were going to catch us up. We rode out of Istanbul
as 4 bikes and it was nice to be part of a group straight away stopping for a
healthy Burger King breakfast…

Istanbul Turkey

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Istanbul
We arrive in Istanbul
to Spormoto the KTM dealer and importer for Turkey at about 6am and it doesnt
open until 9am so we have to wait around. While we are there I put the front
end back on the bike and Cat does some of her diary.
At about 9.30 a guy
turns up and opens the shop.…

South West Turkey The Accident

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After about 200km we
came to the TurkeyBulgaria border. We got no special treatment this time and
we did find things to be a little backward. You would queue up get to the
front then be told you need to buy a visa at a different window so you would
do that queue up again to get the stamp get…

Romania and Bulgaria Greatest road in the world

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Romania
So with a plan to head
towards Romania and see the Bears cave and Draculas Castle we made our way out
of Hungary. The road out was fairly uninteresting a mix of good and bad
tarmac but the funny thing is well it showed me how oblivious Cat was As we
went along the highway every now and again…

Prague and Budapest

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Prague and Budapest
In the morning we
loaded up and headed to Prague pretty uneventful apart from we had someone
pull out of a side turning very fast right in front of us it happened so quick
I didnt even get angry but I realised if I was 2 seconds earlier there would
have been no way he would have…

Moto GP Brno

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Once we arrived in Brno we found the Radka campsite which we had booked in advance but it was a little sloped so we went to others to see if they had space but all of them were full too we went back to Radka and found some flatish space. Its turned out to be great as there is a…

Ukraine Romania Hungary

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Ukraine
Well to say the least
its an interesting place.
The roads are TERRIBLE
and VERY dangerous not for any other reason than they are appalling and they
lure you into a false sense of security by being great for over for 10 km then
suddenly mid corner they run out and become wacky paving or just a hole group…

Poland

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The following morning
we headed east towards Poland. The roads became a bit rougher as we entered
Poland but not really bad since I am writing this from Ukraine and these are
truly bad roads We headed pretty much south through Poland and found a
campsite in Jelenia Gora and were very happy to pay only a quarter of the…

Berlin

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Wow what a place a
great city very cool and so much modern history.
Yesterday we did the hoponhopoff bus tour it was a great way to get round the whole city and see some of the main sites and the guide was pretty ok alternating between German and English. We got to see the Berlin Wall where its still…

The Road to Berlin 2 Animal Stories

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So the last week or so
has not been as fullon exciting like Morocco but we have done some amazing
rides been over 5 passes in the alps and crossed into 5 countries
We basically sped
through Italy to a camp in the Dolomites then took it easy going off motorway
and following the squiggly roads through the Alps.
We…

The Ship That SUCKED

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The Ship That Sucked
So we decided to get
the ferry from Morocco to Italy.
I know the hardcore
biker out there will be saying its not really a bike trip if we get the ferry
when we can ride well were not trying to break any records were on holiday
and using the bike to get around
So we…

Essaouira

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Essaouira
After Morocco we
headed for Essaouira The ride was pretty uneventful as it was just 200km of
motorway. The one thing we did see a lot of was big lorries that were massively
overloaded so overloaded its worrying Yet as if this is not enough danger
they then have 4 5 6 or more guys sitting on the top…

Marrakech

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Marrakech
From Tinghir we
crossed the Altas Mountains heading for Marrakech. We werent sure what to
expect as Fes had really put us off big cities. The ride over was great it was
about 200km of flat roads then just before the mountains we got pulled over by
the police I thought I could have been speeding but I was…

Tinghir Dades Valley and Todra Gorge

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The only downside of the ride to Tinghir was getting ripped off royally at our lunch stop. Not much in major terms we paid about 16313 when it should have been 1636 but thats still double and the guy was just a slimy bastard spoke perfect English asked us about our trip really friendly and then BAM Double the price…

Fes It was a bit of a dump.

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After Chefchaouen we headed over towards Fes Moroccos oldest city and it used to be the capital. It was a fantastic ride the roads were great we had awesome mountain views then forest then desert. We drove througb Ketama and weed literally does grow by the side of the road We took lots of photos but we honestly got bored…

The Karma Cockroach.

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This story has three
characters The Wife a petite Australian who doesnt like creepy crawlies
The Husband a big tough guy who will take on
anything and the Cockroach on steroids at a massive 3.5 inches who believes
in Karma.
The Cockroach made
himself known to the Wife late one night when she went for a midnight pee.
Hello Wife…

Into Morocco and Chefchaouen

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Into Morocco and Chefchaouen WOW what a culture shock maybe its because we have only been on the road a week or maybe no amount of time would prepare you for it. After being waved through the Spanish border the whole scene changes Everyones cutting in on everyone else its very hard to see whos officially working and whos not…

Rest Of Spain

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Electricity crisis averted – we took pictures of the adapter we had borrowed to show to people in stores, and finally they understood what we wanted. Now everything has battery again!
 
We also bought a Camel Pack – very handy and also a great cheek muscle workout!
 
We left Tarragona bright and early and followed the coast south.…

And theyre off . Through France into Spain to Tarragona.

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So we go to the Ace and meet everyone, Bobby came over to ours first and went picture mad, and took lots of decent pics of us getting ready to leave (Thanks!). At the ace he took even more pictures and Guliano gave us a blow up world map!!
 
Soon it was already 11am and in typical Jetstream style…

Horizions Unlimited

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Horizons unlimited Well it was ok we
definitely took some good knowledge away from it but it was also a bit
daunting. Many people gave us what they thought was great advice but all of it
was conflicting information
There were hard core travelers who have
been on the road for 10 years and live in 1 tshirt and 1…

Getting ready to leave packing and more packing

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So its Monday 20th June and we are now approaching the 48 hours until we leave milestone. The last few days have been a lot of fun and even more stress the fact this is going ahead is now starting to really ring home as the house is empty the bike is ready and we have most the paperwork ready…