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Old 08-12-2009, 05:33 AM   #1
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Life Begins at 40?

So here I am just about to celebrate my big four oh. They (whoever "they" actually are ) say that life begins at forty, so I'll let you know over the coming weeks, months maybe years.

Just to tie in a couple of previous ride reports as I'll probably update this thread and try keep it going. After reading many reports here and getting some inspiration I finally got the balls to venture off on the bike abroad with the missus. The travelling is very addictive as we've done it every year since. First one here and the second one here.


Here's the plan; We (the missus and I) have got the channel tunnel booked for 15.10 tomorrow afternoon 13/08/09 and we're heading east and making tracks to an ex-pat friend who now lives in Bulgaria, just outside Sofia.

Here's a rough route, subject to change



We have booked no accomodation whatsoever and we'll be camping mostly, I wanted to be something of a free spirit for a couple of weeks and not to be tied down to any deadline other than the ferry we've booked for our return on the 29th August.

Here's a couple of snaps;

The steed



The his 'n' hers boxes



And somehow I've got to get the contents of the box on the left into our boxes as well as the clothes



I've currently got 36k miles on the 950 and I've replaced the OEM fuel pump with the facet, I've had a slave cylinder replaced under warranty and I've just fitted this tool tube to carry a few extras, hopefully we'll not be needing them



Now you can't go away without a holiday hair cut Here's my DIY job



Now a better one



And now the missus



Oops



One more nightshift to work and then we'll be hitting the road. I'll try and update on the road, but if not I'll catch up soon.

Ciao.

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Old 08-12-2009, 05:40 AM   #2
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Have a good trip...

Have a good trip... be sure to post pics & updates from internet cafes!
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:40 AM   #3
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Have a blast, look forward to reading the updates !!!
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:01 AM   #4
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:30 AM   #5
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:23 AM   #6
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Have a great trip!! I am a little envious. I will not get to go to Bulgaria this summer (I grew up on the Black Sea coast). The plan was to go with my wife who hasn't been there yet.

I'll visit vicariously, so post lots of pictures and have a great time :)
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:18 PM   #7
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Quick Update

We've done 986 miles in two days, on pretty boring motorway just to rack up the miles, my arse is numb! we spent last night in Leuven, the home of the famous Stella Artois, tonight We're 35 miles from Prague in a tiny village and we've just ordered two steaks. I can't believe how cheap the beer is Two beers €1.46 which is around a dollar! I think I'll be having a few more. I'll try and get some pics up soon. Prague and maybe Poland tomorrow?
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:41 AM   #8
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It's official this day I woke up another year older the Big Four Oh had caught up with me finally. Did I feel any different? No way, I still feel like a teenager most days What a place to wake up in though eh? Dwarfed by the mountain range which was starting to basque in the early morning sun, blue skies and the woman I love! Happy Days!!





Now the previous night we nipped into town and while we were there we bought some food for breakfast, nothing fancy just the usual fresh bread, a couple of portions of butter and some eggs for a change.
There's nothing like boiled egg sarnies to start the day.







Notice the dry bread? This is the nice butter we bought



Turns out that the nice butter was in fact ......... Yeast



Ah well never mind eh?
Jack looking to see where we should be going



We decided to start heading north west, no particular destination, just a steady ride and we'd stop when we'd had enough. As it was my birthday today we were going to treat ourselves to a hotel 8-)
These are just a few of the pictures as we passed over and through the Dolomites. Once again the vistas were awesome and if there's one place you want to go and visit in Europe it's the Dolomites.

















We continued on as it was quite chilly up on the top of the mountain range, the roads were fantasic once again weaving their way through the mountains. There were literally hundreds of bikers out on all various machines, right across the range from sports bikes to Harleys' to tourers. On one of the roads I found a perfect spot for the official "star jump" picture. It only took Jack about 8 attempts to get it right, but we got there in the end
Just a couple of the nearlys'





Bingo!!



As we were getting ready to set off, Jack hooked up her intercom lead before getting on the bike. Just as she was doing this I told her I was going to move up a little where the ground was less slippy.............. I nearly took her head off as I dragged her just a few yards Luckily I she wasn't hurt and luckily I didn't know what I'd done as I would have probably dropped the bike from laughing so hard. We were both in stitches, all the mic and ear phones had been torn out of the helmet too

We headed for Austria, and on the way the blue skies gave way to menacing looking clouds, we stopped just after the border to put our waterproof gear on as it was a case of when and not if we would be riding through it.
Then it came, my only regret is not getting a picture of the horrendous weather conditions. The lightning started first followed by the crack of thunder, then the heavens opened and unleashed the most terrible rainstorm I've ever witnessed, we pulled off the road to seek some kind of shelter as the visibility was down to 4-5 yards. We found a garden centre where there were many cars who had done the same, but they were under the awning of the establishment, ducked under trying to get out of the rain. Why God only knows, but it made my blood boil Why oh why were these idiots parked under a shelter when they were in their tin cars all nice and dry? And we were huddled under the smallest corner trying to get a bit of shelter and to add insult to injury it started hailstoning, hail stones the size of M & Ms! And it hurt.
After 10 minutes or so it slowed down and the hailsones stopped, so we made our way out onto the road soaked to the bone. We made our way towards Innsbruck under the grey skies, we passed through a small town where the fire crews were directing traffic, the manhole covers had blown and as we finally passed through many people were bailing out their houses where the rain had obviously flooded them.



At around 16.30 I'd had enough, we were both wet and it was getting cold, I'd made a couple of wrong turns and I was starting to get a bit stressed out so we spotted a hotel in the village of Telfs west of Innsbruck.



We had a much welcomed hot bath and we had a few beers before a nice meal in the hotel restaurant. Mixed grill for me.



Jack had a big bowl of pasta washed down with a large glass of red wine.


Getting ready to hit the road.



The following day the clouds were still looming and you couldn't see the tops of the mountains for them.











As we travelled further north west the clouds began to fade away and it started to get warmer and we welcomed it too





The roads were still fantastic too, Austria like many of the other places we visited along the trip was beautiful too, you don't really think of these countries to be places for holidays other than for skiing, but I will definately return one day.
Time for a brew and a look at the map.







We were told along the way by a German couple about a place called Bodensee, a large lake which splits Switzerland and Germany, they sold it to us and thats where we headed for.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:40 AM   #10
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Talking Upgraded!!!

Sorry about that hiccup! I'll be updating the RR later, thanks for the comments guys
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:57 AM   #11
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Really enjoying this one. Happy 40th mate!!! Spent mine in Srinigar, Kashmir - India riding a busted Royal Enfield .

Love to ride this route, thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-08-2009, 06:24 AM   #12
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Really enjoying this one. Happy 40th mate!!! Spent mine in Srinigar, Kashmir - India riding a busted Royal Enfield .

Love to ride this route, thanks for sharing!
Cheers Mike!

India's definately on the list to do
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:50 AM   #13
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Welll I helps a friend of mine with some catering dinner he had on last night and when I finished I went to get my gear on, I thought I'd just check on the bike first and was met with an empty space where I'd parked it.

That beautiful machine that carried my wife and I across Europe, the machine that I've come to cherish and love and be a very proud owner has been stolen by some low life thieving scum!

I am truly and emotionally gutted!
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That beautiful machine that carried my wife and I across Europe, the machine that I've come to cherish and love and be a very proud owner has been stolen by some low life thieving scum!
Wow you're joking! I hope you get it back, I am so sorry to hear that news.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:54 PM   #15
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Thanks for the recent comments guys
Not sure where we'll be heading this year motolocopat? It won't be very far though as I had my pride and joy nicked I've gotta pay the new ride off asap. But we will be going somewhere.

Great name pinkpillion

Thanks Matt :)

Great minds think alike Kev eh Where was the photo taken of the bike?? Great shot.

After all the recent snow we've had in the UK I finally picked up the new steed. Here it is;





I've just got to start all over again putting my own personal touches to it.
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