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Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2010, 12:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,210
Posted By ProfTom
Ad-Mo: Just do it!

I just got back from a family get-together in Vegas. Fortunately I was able to sneak away for a day to Primm, NV for some dirt biking with Ad-Mo tours -- it was the highlight of the trip by far. ...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 05:31 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
The iPad would be a good solution if it could run...

The iPad would be a good solution if it could run the Garmin software. I did carry a Kindle book reader, which was quite nice. I read six books on the trip on a device that weighed less than a...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 04:46 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Lessons learned.

Now that I’m back in Boulder and reflecting on the trip, I wanted to report on some lessons learned that may be useful for ADV readers planning a similar trip. These, of course, are just my...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 04:42 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Corrupt Cops – NOT.

The shakedowns from the crooked cops and officials made our trip unbearable. Well, not really. In fact, not a bit. Before we headed out we’d read the reports in ADV and elsewhere about how bad...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 04:37 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Our tracks

For anyone interested in minutia, here are links to the GPX files of our tracks:

Europe outbound (http://files.me.com/tom.mckinnon/cbhii3)
Turkey (http://files.me.com/tom.mckinnon/0u5bgn) ...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 04:22 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Tom's final route

The final tally was 18 countries and 10,757 miles (plus about a thousand more over water). It wasn't quite as long as planned, but still a damn fine trip. Here's the satellite's-eye view of what we...
Forum: Ride reports 07-13-2010, 02:01 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Olomouc, Czech Republic

My experience with the crowds in Krakow led me to abandon my plans to visit Prague. Instead, I took the Lonely Planet advice and visited Olomouc (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olomouc) (o-la-moats)...
Forum: Ride reports 07-11-2010, 11:45 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Tire Czech

Leaving Krakow I turned the bars southwest toward the Czech Republic. I was able to get a good map at a gas station and find some really fine roads for riding through the mountains. It's good that...
Forum: Ride reports 07-11-2010, 11:30 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
On to Krakow

From the mountains of Slovakia I made the short ride (<100 miles) into Krakow and booked a hotel near the center with underground parking. Krakow was the former capital of Poland (1038 to 1596) and...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2010, 11:28 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Matt, Good to hear from you. I'm heading...

Matt,

Good to hear from you. I'm heading westbound now and will be in Heidelberg on 14 July, visiting Krakow and Prague on the way. I'll spend 15 July prepping my bike for shipping and then fly...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2010, 11:24 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Next up, Slovakia

After Eger, I plotted a course through the mountains into Slovakia. The roads and scenery were much more to my liking. This town was about 500 m from the border....
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2010, 11:13 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
On to Hungary

I enjoyed Romania a bunch but it was time to head on to Hungary. Here is the tag line of Brasov, Romania. I think their PR flaks need to show a little more confidence....
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2010, 11:30 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Moutain fun

I had some outstanding mountain riding yesterday across the Carpathian Range in Romania -- among the finest of the entire trip. After the deserts of the 'Stans and the atomically flat farmland of...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2010, 01:12 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Romanian Painted Monasteries

Today I had Monica, the hostel proprietress, take me on a tour of painted monasteries of Buconvina. These churches, which date back from the 15th century, celebrate the victories of St. Stephen in...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2010, 08:16 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
What a difference a border makes!

I crossed into Romania yesterday and must have passed through a wrinkle in the time-space continuum. But first let me catch up on things.

My last post was from Russia. Here is Lenin looking...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 10:28 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Our route so far

Here's where we've been...
http://karst.smugmug.com/Other/ADV-Rocking-Chair/our-route/915039044_7pkGD-L.jpg (http://karst.smugmug.com/Other/ADV-Rocking-Chair/11797770_PYqFA#915039044_7pkGD-A-LB)
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 07:22 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Russian border hell

Silly us, we figured a rich country like Russia would have a modern border station. As it turned out, it was more Third World than anything we've seen to date. Teeny tiny windows with a scrum of...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 07:03 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Kazakhstan

Southwestern Kazakhstan was eastern Oregon for a couple of days (flat and dry for those not from the US). I wasn't inspired to take many photos, so this will be a short post. (Besides, you know all...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 06:38 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Fun with border crossings

As I mentioned previously, the Uzbeks have a nasty reputation of being uber strict at the border. Upon entering, we're asked to declare all our currency and all our valuables. Anything not declared...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 06:23 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Across the desert

Shu set off before sunrise with every possible water container filled to bursting and our reserve fuel canisters topped up. Off for Kazakhstan for the longest desert crossing of our trip. We had...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 06:09 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Uzbekistan

The overwhelming story of Uzbek was the sad tale of the fire, which Karst has told in great detail. It was a rough time for the group and our hearts were aching for him.

But there were a few...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 05:34 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Across the Karkum Desert

The Karakum Desert struck fear in the hearts of the old Silk Road traders, but now it has a pretty good paved road heading north from Ashgabat to Uzbekistan. Soon it will be a major 6-lane and is...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 05:19 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
More Turkmenistan

To get a jump on the heat, we struck off across the desert to Ashgabat before sunrise. We followed Dmitri's SUV like ducklings following mom. Unfortunately, he couldn't seem to get the idea that...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 04:37 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Turkmenistan

As directed, we showed up to the ferry port in Baku at 10 a.m. to buy tix for the boat scheduled to leave that afternoon. "Maybe it won't sail today. Come back at noon and find out." OK, we find a...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2010, 03:45 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Picking up the pieces

As you know by now, Shu and I have continued along after the electrical fiasco with Karst's bike. The change forced us to make a difficult decision. Going forward with only two bikes would have...
Forum: Ride reports 06-13-2010, 06:58 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Hanging in Baku

With our bikes tucked away in Customs, we did the tourist thing around Baku today. It's blazing hot here, but only a taste of what we are going to see on the other side of the Caspian.
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Forum: Ride reports 06-12-2010, 08:34 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Ready to cross the Caspian

We're now in Baku ready to cross the Caspian to Turkmenistan. We dropped our bikes at customs yesterday to comply with the unexpected 72-hour limit for vehicles in the country. The "1 p.m." ferry...
Forum: Ride reports 06-07-2010, 07:17 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Back in the USSR

After spending a couple of weeks enjoying the people and sights of Turkey, we're now in Georgia. The Turks set a high hospitality bar, but the Georgians seem to have matched it. Within a couple of...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2010, 06:25 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Water crossings

We had a hunch that the amount of road construction out here was a way to co-opt the Kurds. Thanks for confirming the hunch. We've had some minor water crossings but nothing much. Most were where...
Forum: Ride reports 06-03-2010, 11:21 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Our Route So Far

We are close to crossing over into Georgia. Here's where we've been so far. Just about 4500 miles.
http://karst.smugmug.com/Other/ADV-Rocking-Chair/OurRoute/888629804_xkg2S-L.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 06-02-2010, 11:41 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
It's a Polaroid PoGo...

It's a Polaroid PoGo (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_12?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pogo+printer&sprefix=pogo+printer). About $40 for the printer and about $0.35 per 2"x3" print....
Forum: Ride reports 06-02-2010, 08:34 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Free range fruit leather

We lazed around our pensione in Yusufeli this morning -- planning routes, reading, etc.

http://karst.smugmug.com/Other/ADV-Rocking-Chair/IMG2854/887454970_js7o7-M.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 06-01-2010, 11:53 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
A new Grease Monkey business model?

We had the Trabzonians scratching their heads about the Americans' idea of motorcycle service. Here's the drill: Customer pulls into the bay for an oil change. Customer supplies the tools. ...
Forum: Ride reports 06-01-2010, 11:06 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Thanks for the concern. I'm a little puzzled as...

Thanks for the concern. I'm a little puzzled as well about why my chain failed so soon but I think it was due to abuse I gave it on the TransAmerica Trail last year. Way too many miles in the dirt...
Forum: Ride reports 05-31-2010, 04:30 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Now we're really retired

In keeping with the Rocking Chair theme, the team is now fully re-tired -- six new Mefo Explorers, that is (Karst assures me that the ADV penalty for bad puns is just a round of beer). We snagged...
Forum: Ride reports 05-30-2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Turks heart flag

The Turkish people seem to be truly proud of their country, Ataturk, and their flag -- as they should be since they've accomplished quite a lot. I'm fascinated by how the Turks fly their flag more...
Forum: Ride reports 05-28-2010, 11:57 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Northward to Trabzon

We are gradually working our way northward to the Black Sea city of Trabzon to pick up our tires and do a little bike maintenance. Along the way we continue to be amazed by the hospitality of the...
Forum: Ride reports 05-27-2010, 12:52 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
Heading Eastward

First, my sister complained that I haven't been posting enough pictures of food. It's probably because the food over here is so darn good that we dig in before anyone has a chance to grab a camera. ...
Forum: Ride reports 05-21-2010, 01:24 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
The Rainmakers

If you ever need some rain for your crops or to mess up an old girlfriend's outdoor wedding, we're you're boys. Just have us ride our bikes through and we'll conjure up some moisture in no time...
Forum: Ride reports 05-16-2010, 12:41 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 58,633
Posted By ProfTom
We made it to Asia!

We made it to Asia today! The sticklers out there will note that we still have about 20 miles before we cross the Bosphorous, but it's close enough for me. Here's our tracks so far. The big gap is...
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