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Old 02-17-2014, 07:38 PM   #31
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Nice Pics

Hope you have many safe miles. Find the warmest place in FL and be safe.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:18 AM   #32
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Key West, a incredible ride out to the ocean! 105 miles, much of it bridges. Anybody remembering Ernest Hemingway and Humphrey Bogart? One wrote, the other making big movies for the time, out here. At that time there was railroad to Key West. Now the new road goes alongside with the remaining s . I suppose they was made for other reasons than tourism ? Driving the road you don't see much beach ore ocean, but a lot of mangrove . Private houses and the road leave few places where it is possible to get down to the beach. It has been a special experience, driving out to the ocean, but to expensive for a long stay. Leave for Everglades to morrow, and than Daytona.


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Old 03-19-2014, 05:49 PM   #33
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Have not been much riding since,and when staying in Daytona. To much pane in my spinal and hips. Daytona vas a big experience, and it look like Orlando is going to be the same. On yesterday I traveled in a simulator to the moon and mars. That was really a big ride! ( ore should I say awesome?) In a week Iĺ be in Jacksonville, visiting a BMW dealer WHO HAVE THE PARTS I NEED.
Florida is nice, ( much oil spill on the roads! ) but until now, no state has been like California. The mc roads, and a very changing nature. One thing is common, The Americans are a very inviting people.

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Old 04-10-2014, 09:14 PM   #34
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Orlando aerea has really a lot good attractions. Epcot,Disney parks and Kennedy Space Center. St. Augustine at the coast, vas also a big experience.
Left Florida, hoping the winter would come to an end, in the North - Vest. Georgia and Alabama vas a relief. Not mountain, but the landscape is hilly, and the road is not mile after mile straight ahead. The trees start to be green, IT` S SPRING! Made me missing home - so I stopped looking at it. :-) Have stopped using programs "small roads" 4 lane are not small roads in my ayes. So now I use Viamichelin. Think I see more nature, small city s and how people live, driving those roads. One of many small towns I stayed over, ore just dow through, vas Grove Hill AL. Its hard to see some of them decline, and with a unemployment up to 50%. Have avoided the storms and floods who have stricken many States lately. Have had some grate rain, but don`t complain, after 4 month with 90% dry roads. Visited Moundville Archaeological Park, AL. Really a great surprise. I did not know that Indians in North America build cities like this, and had such a great culture. Really impressing to see. Driving on the dikes along the Mississippi was as coming back to Netherlands. The dikes goes for miles, and stop floods from the river effectively, but flood from the rain is unstoppable.
I am now in Memphis TN. Plane to take a major service on the bike, now 15000 miles, so it is ready for travel, North - Vest - fulfilling my dream tour.


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Old 04-10-2014, 10:12 PM   #35
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1-Hansi, are you going to go thur Nebraska, or colorado? or the rocky mountains?
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:34 PM   #36
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1-Hansi, are you going to go thur Nebraska, or colorado? or the rocky mountains?

My rough plan / rout: Now Oklahoma - New Mexico - Utha - Colorado - Nebraska - Wyoming - than North - Vest........end
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:35 PM   #37
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It vas really a cold ride, from Memphis - El Dorado - Tulsa. But because of a engine who troubled, I had to go to a BMW workshop. In 3-5 C, the heated jacket is a good friend. My experience, ther are few BMW dealers in many States, and they have not the parts in stock. It make it difficult to decide, order by internet and to which address, ore hope the next dealer have what you need. In Jacksonville they were good, and now BMW Tulsa. They did not find anything wrong on the electronic, but mean the surging (at could engine) can be caused from bad gasoline - ore Ethanol /gasoline. Well, then I could finish the service and go for a test ride. Drove to a Cherokee National Center: a big experience. Traveling "in front of the tourist season" I avoid traffic and big crowd of people. Since I was alone, me and the indian used two and a half hour instead of one. I had a lot of question, and he had a lot to tell. 15 mile trip, and the engine ran nearly as a beeemeeer. to day i was in Bartlesville, looking at the oil history. The engine is still not 100%, so I try to find gasoline without Eathanol. On saturday I get new tires, and the "blackbeemer " are ready for the next stretch. Oklahoma City - don`t know when, ( weather and attractions ) - Dodge City.

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Old 04-27-2014, 08:56 AM   #38
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Really interesting Cities, Santa Fe and Los Alamos with the historic surroundings. The Pueblo building style is not just special, but very functional. The sites - Cities, after the Indians, thousand years old are impressing. Visiting Los Alamos afterwards I`m thinking - the history of man kind, repeat itself. Surprisingly, there is check points, in to Los Alamos ! To day came the snow, so I must wait some days, in Taos, before continuing West.
I hope the surging / Ethanol problem is solved, using some jumbo-dumbo: STA-BIL. Using that,the Blackbeemer runs smooth again,


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Old 04-27-2014, 09:03 AM   #39
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Thanks for the great trip report and pictures!
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:20 PM   #40
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The checkpoints into Los Alamos serve a purpose (as I'm sure you found out). Our government does a lot of work there, having to do with tearing atoms apart.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:25 PM   #41
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4 corner: indian sites, Monument Valley, Canyons and Achers. From Taos NM to Moab UT has been a wonderful - no, an amassing ride. No rain, and temperature from 30 to 70. Go to South-Vest Colorado to morrow, hoping the traveling in a fairy tail continue. It`s good, coming so far away from populated areas, that you see bison, elk, fox,eagle and prairie dogs watching their hole. How do you say it here - freedom!
The advise from this site about having STA-BIL Marine in the fuel, really works.

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Old 05-17-2014, 10:12 PM   #42
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4 corners, a ride full of historic sites, beauty and excitement. Excitement caused from snow and ice, I`l be glad to avoid, it made me wait for better wether for days. But a walk in many of those small towns are interesting, full of history. So it really does`nt matter. The old settlements in Mesa Verde is really interesting. A good site of traveling North this early of the year is, I have seen the spring coming many times, The country and roads here in Rocky Mountains are marvelous. Seeing the wonderful landscape from a steam train was a great experience. Just seeing and hearing a steam train in motion is a great experience in itself. The wether broadcast promises + degrees the next days, so I ride up towards Rocky Mountain N.P. - Cheyenne and Mt. Rushmore N.P.



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Old 05-29-2014, 07:01 PM   #43
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Keep it going Hansi!

Great ride my man.

Weather should getting good for you now.

How are the NEW panniers?
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Old 05-31-2014, 06:49 PM   #44
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The new Paniers are 15l smaller than promissed, and not waterproof. Treated them inside and outside with some Flex rubber stuff. They don`t look good, but are now waterproof.
The last month have been grate. Good wether, great nature,National Parks , nice old towns, good museums - history and nice people. It goes on, again and again, something new every day. I have seen many animals, some with a great and sad history - like the Bison and the Pronghorn. Memories after people, famous for lead poisen a lot of people, and the prison where they paid the penalty.
Now I ride around on the top of a volcano surface. Yellowstone are really something. from here I take down to Mesa Falls up Bitterroot Range, than heading to Moscow. Do`nt know the exact address, but I find it somewhere. Than extend my visa, before going to Canada.


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Old 06-10-2014, 02:44 PM   #45
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To many days spending in official offices, who could not help. Than Immigration internet, which not was able to download my PDF attachments. Hoping those I ( with help - from my Mac ) was able to print is what is needed to extend my Visa, I posted it to day by Mail. Not knowing how it goes, ( at least 14 days ) I unfortunately leave out BMW / Moscow. First time on my tour, I have plotted just one address in my Tom tom. From Boise to Anchorage. If not coming back until July 28, I have to go home to Norway from Canada. The weeks in Idaho - Montana have been amassing.


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