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August 20, 2013 – September 3, 2013

We got up early in the morning and packed our belongings. With tears in my eyes I said goodbye to all the horses. Everything was ready to go. Rocky sat on the bike, turned the key…and nothing. The motorcycle wouldn’t start. We spent a few hours trying to wiggle wires and charge the…

Arriving In Iceland

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We arrived at the airport just shortly after 12am. I was surprised by the amount of light still left in the northern sky. Without a motorcycle it felt strange, almost a little lonely. Rocky searched outside the airport for a place to pitch our tent but I had doubts that we’d be ok to camp on airport grounds. It…

Nearly Summer!

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Only 10 days to the winter solstice here in Scotland, the shortest day of the year. After that the days will become longer (thank God) and we will be heading towards Spring. Work on the book continues very slowly as does work on the presentation! Some garage work being done as the temperature isn’t too bad, the AJS is on…

Bonnie Scotland

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scotAfter almost a week back home it was time for a visit to my favourite place in Scotland, Applecross. This small village in the North West of Scotland has an attraction for most people who visit, those that aren’t drawn back in my opinion have no soul.
Wonderful to catch up with our many friends there and to savour (or…

The Final Leg – Lithuania to the English Channel

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The Semi Final Leg – Lithuania to the English Channel

A Schloss with evil eyes near Dresden in Saxony east Germany

Several thousand kilometres later after leaving Lithuania since the previous blog, we have finally again arrived on the English Channel in France at Dunkirk! Due both to rather poor Internet connections over the past few weeks and general laziness…

08/25/2013 – 52 days/6188 miles

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While I was in Canada, I had made a post on a forum that mentioned something about flying my bike to the UK. Shortly thereafter, I got an email from a fellow motorcyclist in the UK saying that if I was planning to be in SW England, I would have a place to stay.

Since then, I changed from my…

08/23/2013 – 50 days/5713 miles

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In the US, roundabouts lie somewhere between uncommon and unheard of. But despite rarely coming across them back home, I don’t really understand the confusion that they can bring about…it seems to be a pretty simple idea. But I must admit that one in particular threw me off…I’ll call it the double roundabout. I think the goal here is to…

08/20/2013 – 47 days/5164 miles

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All I can say about the Isle of Skye is that it really is absolutely beautiful.  Here’s some pictures that don’t really do it justice…

        
        

The Old Man of Storr
              
        

Kilt Rock

Quiraing.  This area was my favorite place of the day.  I felt…

Lithuania

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Vilnius Lithuania

 
We were blessed with perfect weather of 28*C throughout our all too brief sojourne through Lithuania- but we have to keep moving unfortunately.

Sunset over the lake at Ignalina Lithuania

Lithuania strikes as somewhat wealthier and more advanced than its neighbour Latvia (more like Estonia) – and the lake area near Aukstaitija National Park was exceptionally beautiful.…

Latvia

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Latvian flag

Latvia is obviously a lot poorer and still has much further to move from it’s Communist era days than its neighbours Estonia and Lithuania, but for all that was fascinating! Marianne was sure she liked all the old hideous Socialist concrete apartment blocks, but the countryside was as lovely as the rest of the Baltic states.

Soviet era…

Estonia

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Estonia
July 2013
A fairly short ferry trip (21/2 hours) brought us from Helsinki to Talinn Estonia and our first glimpse of the Baltic countries. Talinn “Old Town” on a fine afternoon was a delight to walk around for a few hours. Fairly quiet with just a few tourists and some majorly interesting old buildings dating back hundreds of years.…

Finland

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Finland
July 2013

There are a few things to be said about the Finns:

They speak and write a language which might as well be Ethiopian as far as we are concerned? (Fortunately the younger ones speak reasonable English in general). Signs are very difficult to read and remember. “Emily” in our Garmin GPS has great trouble pronouncing street names!…

Sweden

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Sweden
11th July 2013

Sweden !

We were a little sorry to leave Denmark behind as (in the rain again),we trundled over yet another mighty bridge (the Oresund Bridge between Denmark & Sweden – Europe’s longest at 7.85km). Paying about AUD$70 toll for the privilege of crossing and to be greeted by a Macdonalds as the first sight in Sweden…

Denmark

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Denmark
25th – 30th June 2013
 

Well Denmark is a lovely country! The first thing that struck us was how friendly the Danes were and how most of them can speak English – which makes life easier. Many came up to talk to us once they saw our Land Rover- which is a very unusual vehicle here.

Typical old…

Van Puumala (Finland) naar huis

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Het oostelijk merengebied

De eerste dag in Puumala is een matig succes. De hele dag een grijze lucht en veel buien, veel slechter dan voorspeld. We lezen en we computeren op de camping, hoewel internet door het slechte weer ook slecht functioneert. We doen even boodschappen en lopen daarna een winkel binnen die in Australië “General Store” zou heten, met…

Day 101…London- Sounds like you from London?

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Hello,
Our route over the last few days.

So after a hectic ride to reach London in time and a further insane week in London, I have at last made some time to keep the blog up to date. So here is the last week in London Town!
We woke to a cloudless sky, white snow capped mountains and the…

England #8 (London #5) 5/13

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It was our last day in London. How much could we cram in? Perhaps there was a better way to see more without walking 10 miles. Historically, London was a very busy port and the center of commerce. The River Thames winds its way through the heart of the city, bordering the most important districts and crisscrossed by no…

England #7 (London #4) 5/13

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Our time to see London was running short so we hit the pavement. Turns out walking is perhaps the best way to see many of London’s most famous attractions. Of the hundreds of monuments scattered around the city, the obelisk presented to the British Nation in 1819 by Mohammed Ali, Viceroy of Egypt, is the oldest. Nearby, who could…

Van Tartu (Estland) naar Puumala (Finland)

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Tartu

We look at Tartu, Estonia’s second city with the oldest university.Friendly atmosphere, especially in the sun. The botanical garden is not spectacular, it looks like a garden center in the Netherlands.

Lahemaa National Park

Skip to Lahemaa National Park, the largest national park of Estonia in the north against the kust.Op are camping interesting cars: a HZJ 75 from Australia…

England # 6 (Godalming) 5/13

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The historic town of Godalming in Surrey lays on the banks of the River Wey in a hilly, heavily wooded part southwest of London.

First mentioned in the will of King Alfred the Great (849 – 899) it probably existed 200 years before that during Saxon times. In the year 1300, Godalming was granted the right to hold a weekly…

England #5 London #3 5/13

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So many museums. So little time. We hopped on the Hop-On-Hop-Off tour bus to save some walking and while we did get a passing glance of some of the thousands of attractions, it was still a challenge to negotiate the masses of tourists doing the same thing. Riding over the famous Tower Bridge, often mistaken for the equally famous London…

England #4 (London #2) 5/13

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High on our list of things to see in London was the famous Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Recommendations were to get there early. It looked like others had the same idea, like a couple of thousand people. Supposedly, the best location to watch the proceedings is the upper-level of the huge statue honoring Queen Victoria, but we…

From Klaipedia (Lithuania) to Tartu (Estonia)

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Neringa

The whole night it poured. We sail on to Neringa, a peninsula off the coast. The “almost piece” is located in Kaliningrad (Russia); without Russian visa can therefore only accessible by boat. We need € 40 (return) for a crossing of five minutes. The Baltic countries are not exactly cheap and everything is focused on toersisten you pay the prize.The peninsula is full…

England #3 (London #1) 5/13

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Of course we had to see in London. The problem is there is so much history and so many statues and so many buildings and monuments and fountains and museums and beautiful parks; it would take months to see everything. We really had to pick and choose. We did take a tour on one of the double-decker buses. Their advantage…

Scotland

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SCOTLAND
2/6/2013 Ayr

A Scottish Loch

Who can complain about Scottish weather? Everything else about the place is stunning! Besides we are getting used to the cold and occasional wet –and during the odd sunny breaks the scenery was magnifiscent.
After great hospitality extended by Ed and Edna, we headed for Edinburgh. Which was well, Edinburgh? A lovely old city…

England #2 (Portsmouth) 5/13

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There has been no lack of things to do and places to see. We did take a short trip to the historic Naval town of Portsmouth where we stayed with Monika’s distant aunt and toured two of the most important restored British warships. The HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate battle ship of the Royal Navy. Launched in 1765, she is most famous…

England #1 (Arrival) 5/13

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We have crossed the big water and we are now in this strange country called Great Britain. Strange indeed. They do speak English — sort of. The steering wheels on cars are on the wrong side, and if that wasn’t enough to make you nervous, they insist on driving on the bloody wrong side of the road.
It feels like…

Vilnius-Klaipéda

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We take the bus to the city. Memories of the communist era are much more visible than in Poland here. Here we see everywhere the gray, poorly maintained flats, they usually had at least a tan in Poland. The people seem different in dealing: the bus is silent and everyone stares ahead, count the cashiers in stores off without books or bah and…

Norfolk, Yorkshire and the Lake District

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22nd May 2013 Lake District Cumbria
There is a reason England is green. It rains a little from time to time. Particularly in the coldest, wettest Spring since 1979- just to welcome us. Even floods encountered across the roads in Cumbria a few days ago which even Tin Can was not eager to cross as the

Floods in Cumbria

water…

Norway Picture Dump

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We arrived in Delsbo at Rebecka’s parents and will be here for the next couple of weeks, working out our route and plans for the next section of the trip. For now here is a lot of pictures.…