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Going home!

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Yes, we are going home – after two years on the road our trip will end in a few weeks from now, when we leave New Zealand. These news are probably quite a surprise for some of our followers, since we had originally planned to go to South America from New Zealand. But plans have changed. Let‘s explain why….
We…

Two motorcycles on their way from Sydney to Christchurch – airfreight

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From time to time, when the land ends and there is only water in front of us, we have to find an alternative mode of transport – the bikes (and we) have to continue either by plane or by boat. This was of cause also the case when we wanted to go to New Zealand. In the following blog post…

All the way through the south

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Once more, we had to cover huge distances in Australia on our way from the West to the East – a few thousand kilometres, all the way through the south of Australia. Luckily, our route took us through quite different landscapes, and for a change, we had some variation: huge forests with giant trees, beautiful beaches, spectacular coast lines and…

Hot hot and damn hot – Western Australia

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45° C in the shade, the sun burned down on us merciless – and since about 300 kilometres we hadn’t really noticed a change in the landscape. We had arrived in Western Australia – hot, dusty, and only very scarcely populated. We couldn’t be bothered to stop somewhere, and to go exploring – the weather was “hot hot, and damn…

The red heart of Australia – Outback everywhere!

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The red centre of Australia – it is the epitome of the Outback, and the heart of the country. Endless horizons, all the typical outback characteristics, farms that are as big as some countries in Europe, the heat, the red dust – it’s not only a cliché, it is reality in the red centre,
“We have to see the…

Corrugations to Queensland

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We were really happy, when we were finally back on the road when we had waited for our motorcycles for such a long time in Darwin. After a short detour through the Kakadu National Park, we went east on the corrugated dirt roads of the Savannah Way to Queensland – right through the famous Australian outback with its kangaroos, bush…

Finally – our bikes have arrived!

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About three weeks later than originally planned, our motorcycles finally arrived in Darwin. We had shipped them from East Timor in a container. Three weeks for a distance of only 700 kilometres. The shipping company Toll had changed the shipping schedule several times and always came up with new strange excuses; by now we really had to struggle to keep calm when…

Australia – we are shocked!

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After more than one year in Asia, it was a really strange feeling to be back in a country with a relatively familiar western culture. We were definitely not prepared for the shock that the contrast caused…  everything was different from what we were used from Asia: prices, culture, people, flora, fauna, weather, food, shopping…  After we had arrived by…

Timor Leste – our last station in Asia

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While we were in Timor Leste, we were mainly busy with cleaning the motorcycles for the quarantine inspection in Australia. But we also used the chance to fix a few things that we had on our list already for a long time, we met other overland travellers, and of cause we also set off to explore a little bit of…

Island-hopping in Indonesia

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Colourful Bali, Islamic Lombok, traditional Sumbawa, mountainous Flores, and emerging Timor – the islands of Indonesia are incredibly diverse. Whenever we came to another island it felt more like entering a new country, and not just another island of Indonesia. After we had already travelled across the bigger islands, Sumatra and Java, we were now hopping from one of the smaller island to…

Botswana

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24th August
The Guest house in Upington was too nice (Le Must) and I spent few hours sipping coffee at the lounge before leaving. Eventually I left at midday… after having made fuel. As I left late I was planning to stop at Kuruman but then I arrived there at about 15:00. Anyway, as there are only 140 km to…

Close to the border

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15th August 2013
Today I didn’t travel as it was raining the all day. I took advantage to redo the planning if this first trip. In fact, ad u have list one week in Cape Town, I will not have the time to arrive up to Windhoek and then to Maun as planned. I will still go to Namibia but…

On the road!

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14th August 2013
Finally on the road! Yes! This afternoon at about 14:30 I have hit the African road with my KTM for the first time! The first impact with the bike has been awfully intimidating… the bike fully loaded is very heavy… but nothing I can do about it apart from thinking of potential optimisations during the trip and…

Finally the packing.. .

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14th August 2013.
Yesterday night i spent a lot of time to rethink the packing… still a lot of things, probably too many… But then again, you need to be prepared for the problems to arrive in isolated places and you don’t want to be missing that piece of equipment that you left behind thinking; “I will never need this…

Java – crazy mayhem

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We only wanted to go from the airport to the city centre of Jakarta – a distance of about 20 kilometres. But two hours later we were still stuck somewhere in the middle in that huge traffic jam that blocks the entire city – every day. Several times we had to stop and wait for the boxer engine of…

Sumatra – it’s big!

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Sumatra, just one island of many in Indonesia that we had planned to cross – that’s what we thought, but it turned out that we had completely underestimated the size. Sumatra is the fourth biggest island in the world, and has a length of more than 1700 kilometres (approx. the distance from Berlin to Sicily)!
We arrived in Medan, which…

Malaysia – mixed feelings….

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We look back onto our three weeks in Malaysia with mixed feelings. Did we like the country? This question is difficult to answer: we had some fantastic experiences there, but at the same time also some moments that were definitely not amongst the highlights of our trip.
We crossed the border from Thailand to Malaysia near Beton, which lies…

Thailand part 2 – beach life and more

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May 7, 2013 in Thailand, On the road

We left Bangkok with mixed feelings. On the one hand, we were looking forward to Phuket where we would meet Filippo’s brother and his wife in a few days. They were coming to visit and to spend their holidays with us. But on the other hand, we were also sad to say goodbye to our…

One year on the road – and this is not the end

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Exactly one year ago, on May 2nd, 2012 it was the day of our departure – we were finally ready to leave. We originally had planned to leave one month earlier, but all the preparations had taken longer than expected, and the last nights before we left we hadn’t slept much.
But now we were standing there with our motorcycles,…

Almost a new home…. – Thailand – part 1

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We experienced a major culture shock, when we arrived at the airport in Bangkok by the end of November last year. After several months in third-world-countries we had the feeling that somebody had transported us right into the future. We sat in the taxi on the way from the airport to our friend Joerg’s house in the city, and couldn’t…

Monaco & Italy

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When we were in Monaco the beast went on some of the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit, including inside the tunnel. There is no new lap record. There are a few angry Ferrari drivers who were stuck behind us and were unable to get out of second gear and impress the ladies on the yachts as they went passed the Marina.…

France

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Having experienced a sinking Sunday blues feeling nearly every Sunday afternoon for the past 8 years, I think I’ve finally found the cure – not knowing what day of the week it is.  Jules keeps trying to teach them to me in French, but having only done a year of it when she was 12, I don’t think the dumb…

Travelling on a „Washing-Machine-GS”

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The water pump is a well-known weak point at the BMW F650GS. Most bikes of this model have it replaced sooner or later. The water-pump of Heike’s F650GS now failed in Thailand – after 70000 km. “Filippo McGyver” demonstrated how it can be repaired and temporarily replaced by a washing-machine.
The pump of Heike’s F650GS failed without any warning and…

Laos – the south – caves and 4000 islands…

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Since we liked the north of Laos very much, we also wanted to explore the south of the country. In the north we had especially liked the mountain landscape – in the south it was more the huge caves in the limestone hills, and the many islands in the wide Mekong River that we found very memorable.
First, we spent…

Laos – the north – heaven for motorcyclists

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We took a little bit more than two weeks to travel the north of Laos. It’s a beautiful area that seems like it is made solely for motorcycling. The twisty roads that run through the fantastic mountain landscape are generally in a relatively good condition. Traffic is almost non-existent, and for those that love to go off-road, there are many…

Cambodia – beaches, temples and killing fields

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The most memorable experiences of our two-week tour through Cambodia were the beautiful beaches, the visit of the fantastic temples of Angkor Wat, and the encounter with the terrible history of the country under the regime of the Khmer Rouge.

Since we had not been to the sea for a long time, we took the chance for a few days…

Zimbo

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Hwange N.P.
Just before entering the park, we stumbled upon a herd of Sable and a great big herd of Buffalo that ran right across the road in front of our car. We started off on a great note, and were further treated to a male Lion, Ele (far away in the distance) and Kudu. We spent three nights in…

Myanmar / Burma – wonderful country full of wonderful people

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What an experience – only one week in Myanmar, but so intense like a whole month on the road. And it was something we had not expected, because until now it was not possible to enter the country with a big motorcycle.
The border crossing alone was quite a story: they were already expecting us, everybody was kind of excited…

Nepal – beautiful, but not always …

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In some ways, Nepal is like India – but it is also different. If you travel from India to Nepal, you can immediately feel a sense of relieve. It is less chaotic, the people are not so obtrusive, and the traffic is not as bad. We could really feel the change right at the border.
And Nepal is a country…

From Pokhara to Muktinath – our tour to the Annapurna

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Most areas in Nepal have no roads, and there are not many places in the mountains that can be reached by motorcycle. One exception is the road to Jomson, and from there further on to Muktinath, next to the Annapurna range. However, even this road exists only since a few years, and the word “road” actually doesn’t describe it very…