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Expense Report: Indonesia

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 $4,848.02 on living expenses and $10,036.41 on one-time expenses. We...
Hoolets

Hoolets

That time of the year again, Bert & Laurennes party, as always much talking and drinking, acting the goat and plenty motorbikes. For some reason again BMW’s seemed to be the bike of choice, our usual OiC of the BBQ Gus couldn’t make it this year but a...
Wet wet and even more wet!!

Wet wet and even more wet!!

Our annual Applecross Norton trip this weekend, We left just after 6.30am Friday to meet Mickey our friend from Ireland at Lochcarron at 1 pm. The first 8 miles were dry then the rain started and never stopped much for the run up, real Scottish rain not the namby...
Tabas, Gonabad,  Mashhad

Tabas, Gonabad, Mashhad

Today we 366 km thru the desert to Tabas. We plan to stop for gas and then at the site of operation Eagle claw disaster, which is 125 km from Tabas. The views of the desert change every hour and it is harsh but beautiful.… Read the...

Navigation on the road

Do you use only paper maps? Smartphone offline map applications? A dedicated GPS device? Nothing but verbal directions from the locals? We are generalists and use a combination of all the above. We have carried paper maps for just about every country or region because...

Useful phone applications

These days most overlanders travel with an iPhone or Android smart phone. There are many applications (apps) that we have found particularly helpful during our three-year trip. The following are our top phone tools: iOverlander (free): A user database that works...
Busy and some motorcycling

Busy and some motorcycling

Its been a busy week, picked up the Mk3 Commando from one of my storage locations and my cylinder head from Derek at Engine Resource in Dundee, work started immediately to get the Mk3 ready for an MOT, a service, clean and a check over took until Thursday, some work...
And the bee goes buzz: Indonesia

And the bee goes buzz: Indonesia

A light in our hotel room started making a funny noise. Ten o’clock at night and the recessed light in the high ceiling began ticking and buzzing with the noise intensifying as the minutes passed, a huge moth perhaps attracted to the light bulb. Awhile later, a couple...

Review – Falco Avantour Adventure motorcycle boots

After using the popular BMW Savannah for more than 6 years it was time for new boots. The BMW boots were a good mix for light off road and road use, with a proper waterproof membrane. We needed more ankle protection and they had just had their time. Initially we opted...
Progress but slow

Progress but slow

So progress continues in the garage albeit slower than i’d like, problem is 44 years of dirt and oil accumulating in places you can’t normally reach means everything takes an age to clean. I’m doubting now given the current pace of work if MVD will...