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Old 10-09-2012, 09:15 AM   #16
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Ciao Girogio,
si certo :-) It's in the vendors section as the movie, too. Unfortunately not in italiano but english-german.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...php?p=12227554

A dopo!

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Will you publish a photo book? Outstanding pics, as expected
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:03 AM   #17
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Before we set of I'd like to introduce you to the bike and the route.



The bike is a BMW HP2 with standard framework and suspension. There are some gadgets on it like the additional tank (one left one right where assume an original tank). That means there are 3 reservoirs for fuel including the original one adding up to 33 liters. That should allow a range of about 600-700kms.

Unfortunately it is not my bike but it was (fortunately) given to me for that ride from a tiny aftermarket company in the German Black Forest. As you may imagine I still feel very privileged and thankful for that.

Ok now, lets have a look at the planned route:




As the starting point I've choosen Marseilles in France because it's with more than 2000 years the countries oldest city. Furthermore it was founded as a trading port by ancient greek tradesmen. From Marseilles the route was supposed to go anticlockwise to North-Africa and the Middle East as I was starting in spring and was trying to avoid the brain-evaporating heat of the African Summer there. But, what I didn't know at the planning stage, exactly that was about to happen ....

Two corners would be causing problems:
1. The border between Morocco and Algeria is closed for ages. I will try to do a little ferry-ping-pong Spain-Morocco-Spain-Algeria to solve the problem.

2. Israel. You shouldn't put a wheel on that country. If you do, neither Lebanon, Syria nor - in the other direction - Libya will let you enter. The plan is circuumnavigate Israel via Jordan.


Anyway, the final route that I did was this:



40.000 kms instead of the planned 22.000kms, 28 ferry crossings instead of 3 and uncountable moments I'd never expect to happen.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:15 AM   #18
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Aha! The Lumenmeister is back

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Old 10-09-2012, 10:26 AM   #19
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wow, stunning pics on a lot of times dreamt journey around the Mediterranean sea, what is not easy

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:30 PM   #20
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:49 PM   #21
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What camera do you use for taking that kind a pictures?
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:47 PM   #22
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Die Bilder bis jetzt sind ja schon mal Saugeil!
Und die Videovorschau....da hat sich mal jemand richtig Mühe gemacht!!

Go on...iam looking forward for more
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:51 PM   #23
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WOW !!! Beautiful photography
Thanks for sharing it all!
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:10 PM   #24
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Hi everyone,
I've been quite for a very long time, sorry for that (in case somebody remembers). Anyway, back on the screen I'd like to share a trip with you that led me 9 months around the Mediterranean Sea. The route went over 3 continents, through 21 countries and had put 40.000kms on the mile-o-meter of the HP2.



I'd like to tell the story on a daily base. Not really a diary but with a tight chronology. I hope you enjoy.

Cheers

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Don`t mind at all!

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Old 10-09-2012, 11:11 PM   #25
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WOW!!!
That IS voyage! If you don't mind(kimangao) I sent a link here http://www.mybike.gr/topic/59253-via...F%CE%BF%CF%85/ with your excellent trip... If you don't like just tell me to withdraw.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:42 PM   #26
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Hi zenithlt,
I carried two Canon DSLRs (20D, 30D) and a G9 for snapshots. Later on the journey the sensor of the 20D went mad and I could get 40D as a nice substitute. Lenses were 3.5 10-22mm, 2.8 17-55mm, 2.8 70-200mm and 1.8 85mm for portraits.

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Old 10-09-2012, 11:43 PM   #27
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WOW!!!
That IS voyage! If you don't mind(kimangao) I sent a link here http://www.mybike.gr/topic/59253-via...F%CE%BF%CF%85/ with your excellent trip... If you don't like just tell me to withdraw.
I don't mind, efcharisto for forwarding :-)

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Old 10-10-2012, 12:31 AM   #28
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I don't mind, efcharisto for forwarding :-)

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Ευχαριστώ...thanks Dirk
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:39 AM   #29
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4th of March - prologue

The autotrain took me through the night from Düsseldorf/Germany and spit me out in Narbonne/France. Narbonne, almost on the foothills of the Pyrenees-Mountains, is already close to the Spanish border but my starting point Marseilles is about 260kms east.




My first ride went to a hill with a chapel, called Forca Real. From there you're facing Mount Canigou and the Pyrenees. If you turn around, well there's the sea, that will accompany me the next 9 months.




The region itself is called Pays de Cathare, the land of the Cathares. A hilly country full of ruins from ancient fortresses. Right here the only crusade against a Christian community took place, the Crusade against the Cathares. We'll see that lateron. Between me and the Pyrenees is the valley of Conflent. Just before Mount Canigou rises there's the village of Prades.



Before I set of for Marseilles I take a first look through the Pays de Cathare.


As you may have noticed, the bike is not white but gray instead. The should have been white, but the tank manufacturer in OZ could not deliver a white tank. So I start the journey on a gray HP2, waiting to swap colour and bike lateron.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:32 AM   #30
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