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Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 24,556
Posted By pip_muenster
:lol3 The same happened to me ... I then...

:lol3

The same happened to me ... I then learned that you can ride halfway across Europe without an ID or passport ...



Well, if you were near Plovdiv I think I know the answer ...

:lurk
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2014, 11:48 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,752
Posted By pip_muenster
Slightly off topic: On my last trip...

Slightly off topic: On my last trip (http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23133435&postcount=27) I happened to ride some forest trails and scraped bushes left and right for miles. Only when I...
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,681
Posted By pip_muenster
I did not use it to view maps - usually you want...

I did not use it to view maps - usually you want to have high res and colors for that purpose.

I had the kindle version of Chris Scott's Morocco travel guide which includes step-by-step route...
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,752
Posted By pip_muenster
I don't separate inner and outer tent. The floor...

I don't separate inner and outer tent. The floor can be wiped dry with a small towel the next evening and the inner walls dry within minutes after erecting the tent. But the tent can't be stored wet...
Forum: Equipment 01-24-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,752
Posted By pip_muenster
I recently replaced a VauDe tent after using it...

I recently replaced a VauDe tent after using it for 19 (?) years with the same model and wouldn't hesitate to take a VauDe tent around the world.

Have a look what others use on RTW trips - mostly...
Forum: Equipment 01-24-2014, 03:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,681
Posted By pip_muenster
I had used a simple Kindle in Morocco, fixed to...

I had used a simple Kindle in Morocco, fixed to the map pocket on top of tank bag with velcro. The map pocket protected it from dust and rain, but occasionally pushed a button changing pages.

The...
Forum: Asia Pacific 01-20-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 587
Posted By pip_muenster
falang, kevinj ... I'm currently looking for...

falang, kevinj ...

I'm currently looking for ideas for an adhoc trip in February on a rental bike somewhere and Thailand has always been on my wish list. So though I haven't looked at flights etc....
Forum: EMEA 01-20-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 793
Posted By pip_muenster
While I have a theoretical understanding on how...

While I have a theoretical understanding on how to properly plan a ride, I never actually did it in 25 years of traveling. So I'm very interested to follow your process here and learn from you.
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-11-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 24,556
Posted By pip_muenster
Great update. I skipped lake Koman as I had...

Great update. I skipped lake Koman as I had limited time for research and everything I read sounded negative. Not my wisest decision ...



I can relate to that. It's annoying when people assume...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-09-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,612
Posted By pip_muenster
Every memory card has a write-protected photo of...

Every memory card has a write-protected photo of my business card on it. Not my home address, as that could hint them as to where to break-in next.

I had a camera stolen in 1988 that I'd left -...
Forum: Europe 01-09-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By pip_muenster
I am by no means an expert, but I think a new...

I am by no means an expert, but I think a new frame could raise problems: The bike will have to pass the same test requirements as at the time of it's first registration. A new frame would be 1st...
Forum: Ride reports 01-08-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 24,556
Posted By pip_muenster
In! :lurk Can we get a close-up of the...

In!
:lurk

Can we get a close-up of the bike badge where the propeller used to be?

I've sent you a PM with some question on your bike, too.
Forum: Ride reports 01-07-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Let me know if you get something started. If I...

Let me know if you get something started. If I have the time ... I'm on a very flexible work schedule and can often only plan a few days/weeks in advance, though.

That route was basically...
Forum: Ride reports 01-07-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Funny that you say that. I never had the time to...

Funny that you say that. I never had the time to read your Balkan report thorougly, but both for Maddin and me the destination for our next trip was clear from the moment that we saw the teaser...
Forum: Ride reports 01-05-2014, 02:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
I woke up in the middle of the night and my...

I woke up in the middle of the night and my sleeping pad felt funny. Every now and then it made little popping sounds. It turned out that its outer material delaminated from the foam inside and it...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Ditto! I hope you have some great photos from...

Ditto! I hope you have some great photos from lake Koman for us ...:wink:



I think, you'd be fine. According to some of my colleagues, the chances to get killed when accidently walking into a...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
My route led me north to Ubli and then towards...

My route led me north to Ubli and then towards Morakovo in the northwest as an unpaved and bumpy forest road. There were hundreds of bends and I cruised happily at about 30kph in 3rd gear.
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
The sun hadn't reached the valley yet when I got...

The sun hadn't reached the valley yet when I got up. I decided to pack and head back to Shkoder to have breakfast somewhere. According to my host, they're calculating 5 hours drive for the small road...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Sorry, I only have these two.

Sorry, I only have these two.
Forum: Ride reports 01-03-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Once the asphalt ended, there were less and less...

Once the asphalt ended, there were less and less houses along the way and there were few people on the road.

http://pip-photos.smugmug.com/Motorbike-Trips/Balkan-2013/i-DNtxq48/0/O/balkan173.jpg
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-03-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
A hotel in Fier was our accomodation for the...

A hotel in Fier was our accomodation for the night. We strolled through the city and ended up sitting in a park, enjoying food and beer from some nearby booths.
Stefan was on his way back home...
Forum: Ride reports 01-03-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
The only traffic I encountered were 3 Italians on...

The only traffic I encountered were 3 Italians on NX650 Dominators - the first 'real' motorbike I ever bought. For them, Albania was just a short ferry ride from home, so they were already on their...
Forum: Ride reports 01-03-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 18,603
Posted By pip_muenster
Yeah, I think this junction has been shown at...

Yeah, I think this junction has been shown at least 3-4 times on here in the last few months ...
:lol3

http://pip-photos.smugmug.com/Motorbike-Trips/Balkan-2013/i-nc5FVpf/0/S/balkan071-S.jpg...
Forum: Equipment 01-03-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By pip_muenster
I ended up cutting dividers from an old evazote...

I ended up cutting dividers from an old evazote sleeping pad. Then I used a thin-walled dry bag as a lining and arranged the foam inside for a SLR, 1-2 lenses and a few filters. The bottom layer is...
Forum: Ride reports 01-03-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 9,831
Posted By pip_muenster
:clap Frontpage material...

:clap
Frontpage material (http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23124871&postcount=684).
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 01-03-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 869
Views: 401,966
Posted By pip_muenster
The story this photo is telling is worth being...

The story this photo is telling is worth being shown on the front page!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v112/CorpClinger/r0nkhx.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 01-03-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Both in 2010 and 2013 I had been reluctant to go...

Both in 2010 and 2013 I had been reluctant to go to Albania: Travel guides, the foreign office - they all painted the picture of a dangerous place, where there is no law and everybody's on his own....
Forum: Ride reports 01-03-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 18,603
Posted By pip_muenster
Wish I'd been as wise as you. :lol3 I had spent...

Wish I'd been as wise as you. :lol3
I had spent a very similar night camping at a restaurant in the area about a week later and I thought visiting the memorial in the fog wouldn't be that exciting...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
On my first trip in 2010...

On my first trip in 2010 (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=643980) I had missed the ferry along lake Koman which everybody had strongly recommended to me because of the scenery. So this...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Thanks Phil, ADV67, you'll enjoy your tour! I'd...

Thanks Phil, ADV67, you'll enjoy your tour! I'd love to see Montenetro and Albania in late spring / early summer, but there's little chance for me to get time off ...
Forum: Ride reports 01-01-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
I was up early the next day and rushed packing up...

I was up early the next day and rushed packing up to enjoy the morning hours. Getting up early is much easier if you're traveling alone ... so I had packed the bike and eaten breakfast in the nearby...
Forum: Ride reports 12-30-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 20,081
Posted By pip_muenster
Sometime the photos all look the same ... :lol3...

Sometime the photos all look the same ...
:lol3

Unfortunately you got there 2 months before me, it would have been fun to have a beer together. My original plans looked very much like the map in...
Forum: Ride reports 12-30-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Well, work had cought up with me and after flying...

Well, work had cought up with me and after flying 8 times across the Atlantic ocean within less than 2 months I had been in a constant state of jet lag. I'm also trying a new photo sharing service,...
Forum: EMEA 11-30-2013, 06:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By pip_muenster
Make sure not to miss Nemrut Dagi...

Make sure not to miss Nemrut Dagi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Nemrut) which is right next to your route. Be there at sunrise or -set and be amazed.

Side story: The mountain top is...
Forum: Europe 11-19-2013, 09:12 AM
Replies: 839
Views: 70,778
Posted By pip_muenster
The ADAC motor club offers insurance, too. Last...

The ADAC motor club offers insurance, too. Last time I checked, they were a bit more pricey, but covered more countries on their green card than anybody else around here. So overall ADAC was cheaper...
Forum: EMEA 10-19-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 471
Posted By pip_muenster
Many countries (probably including NL) will issue...

Many countries (probably including NL) will issue a 2nd passport if required due to visa incompability or passport processing time. You may need a reasonable explanation, e.g. business travel, and...
Forum: Ride reports 10-14-2013, 10:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
We had discussed our options the night before and...

We had discussed our options the night before and found out that the mountain pass I wanted to ride was crossing the mountain Mali Alan which again happened to be one of the locations for a Karl...
Forum: Ride reports 10-13-2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Maddin had been a little sceptical with the camp...

Maddin had been a little sceptical with the camp site, as it was again right next to a church, but this morning we weren't woken up by the bells.
Our destination for the day were the Plitvice Lakes...
Forum: Ride reports 10-13-2013, 02:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
September 2013

It only stopped raining after we'd been riding through Germany and most of Austria and got off the autobahn near Villach. We decided not to camp, but to find a B&B or a hotel for the night, as it was...
Forum: Ride reports 10-13-2013, 11:55 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,197
Posted By pip_muenster
Exploring the Balkans

With the summer almost gone heading south towards the Balkan seemed wise to find both dirt roads and great landscapes without freezing too much.
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