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December weather ok so far

December weather ok so far

Saturday spent in the garage fettling the trials bikes, almost there so realistically early January we should be back getting muddy (too much partying beforehand)! The sun this morning was streaming through the window so we got the chair out again and headed to one of...
Sidecarring

Sidecarring

A wee while since the last posting but the weather is turning wintry, the sidecar has been getting a bit of use though with the two of us sharing the riding. A trip to Coldstream today on a mix of small roads and even smaller roads, a nice but volume lacking cup of...

Cuba – Old school hip

Not only did we think this but we heard it from quite a few tourists we met in Havana on asking why they decided to come to Cuba. Then there is the big attraction … Cuba! The island that was almost in total isolation from the rest of the world for...
Ruins of Turkey

Ruins of Turkey

Great societies have lived in Turkey for millennium. No matter where you go there are ruins of these past empires and civilizations. When making a circular route within a country by motorcycle the primary objective changes. Our normal mode is to head in a general...

Expense Report: Turkey

The RTW trip we are currently on can be done for less money but we are choosing to take the middle road. We offer these expense reports as a baseline for others to plan with. We spent a total of $3,662.34 on living expenses and $5,527.08 on one-time expenses. We spent...
Guzzi club meeting

Guzzi club meeting

Less motorcycling of late, not sure why, just seems to be the way it is however after a run in the car yesterday to pick up Fi’s new Halvarssons suit from Perth motorcycles (always good service and a friendly smile) I managed to get along to the Guzzi club...
On the road in Turkey

On the road in Turkey

It is a lazy Sunday morning and we are 48 hours from our flight to Nepal, sipping tea in a quiet Istanbul neighborhood. The morning news headline is about families of the US consulate staff in Istanbul being asked to leave Turkey, citing security threats. A coup...
Turkey Accommodation and Route

Turkey Accommodation and Route

View S&M Boiler Works Accommodations in a larger map. Last updated: 31 October 2016 Costs are all based on two people, two motorcycles, and one tent. Locations included secure motorcycle parking. The US$ conversions are based on our average exchange rate while in...
Europe Accommodation and Route

Europe Accommodation and Route

View S&M Boiler Works Accommodations in a larger map. Last updated: 31 October 2016 Costs are all based on two people. Locations included secure motorcycle parking. The US$ conversions are based on our average exchange rate while in the country. We didn’t always...
Pirogi tour of Poland!

Pirogi tour of Poland!

To start our tour in Poland we did a ride out from Krakow with Rafal We stuck to the small back roads to get to the monastery in the village of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which is one of the most important pilgrim sites in Poland. “With a vision while viewing the...
Tay Valley Norton Club Tullybannocher day oot

Tay Valley Norton Club Tullybannocher day oot

A great turn out at Comrie today for our end of season meeting, well it’s end of season for the sensible but for the crazy one amongst us the riding continues throughout the winter. A bit of rain here and there but the Wormit boys who came mob handed with a big...
Italy and France, no bike though

Italy and France, no bike though

So a visit back to my roots (again) with my sister and brother in law, a first visit to her birthplace since she left for Scotland’s weather and food several decades ago. We flew to Nice with Easyjet (nice flight, no problems) picked up our what was to be crap...
Dividing from the Divide

Dividing from the Divide

It’s Sunday morning, and I have 450 miles to cover on my little XT250 to get home tonight. Not at all sure I can actually do that, I’m going to give it my best try.  Tammy and Molly are already up and Molly calls out that she is making oatmeal as I...
Out of the desert and into the Aspen

Out of the desert and into the Aspen

We wake to frost-covered tents and steam rising from the slow-moving Sweetwater River.              Tammy starts a fire, Molly makes oatmeal, and I reorganize some gear on my bike to better distribute weight. Between...
What a day in Wyoming

What a day in Wyoming

Kendall Valley is as gorgeous in the morning as it was the night before. Dawn breaks cold and clear with cloudless pale blue skies. We take advantage of Sparky and Dave’s (the friendly staff) hospitality and enjoy the availability of hot tea and anything...
Between the Wildernesses

Between the Wildernesses

After two nights in Jackson, thanks to the generosity of Molly’s friends (thank you Kate and Brad!), we pack up and move on, riding north on the “Jackson Spur” part of the Continental Divide Trail maps (that I bought from the Adventure Cycling...