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Old 07-21-2014, 11:47 PM   #1
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Riding round the world in 400 days: Hippie trail, Japan, USA & back to Germany

Hi all!

This is Max from a small village in Germany: I have just celebrated my 23th
birthday and been on the road since August 28th, 2013.

I have two goals:
#1 Circumnavigating the world eastwards
#2 Travelling at least 400 days

Drove the classic hippie trail on my trusty Honda Africa Twin in 6 months:
Germany, Alps, Balkan, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India and Nepal. From there I
shipped my motorcycle to Japan, found weird import laws and have spent 3
months there. "Tired", I luckily decided not to go home and continue. I have
driven from Seattle to San Diego mostly along the ocean since June and
now I am waiting for new parts here - lots of time to write down stories.

Other Advrider asked me to do a ride report, which I of course gladly do. I
am going to start with my favourite motorcycle-related pictures and add
stories and pictures in the next days and weeks. Hope you enjoy.



The route:
First part - Hippie trail (August 2013 to March 2014):



Second part - Japan (March 2014 to June 2014):



Third part - USA (June 2014) ...



Westside of the Stelvio Pass in Italy (not 100% sure)




Transfăgărășan in Romania




Nowhere in Bulgaria




Anatolia in Turkey




Beach camping in Japan
The motorcycle is a Yamaha FZ250 Phazer: 250 ccm & 4 cylinders :-D
I will write down, why I didn't ride my Africa Twin in Japan, although I had
shipped it there.




Vast Oregon
(During the Wallowa Valley Adventure Jamboree, thanks for the invitation!
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=938131)




Rainbow clouds in Oregon




Beach life in California




Avenue of the Giants




My favourite place and picture so far, northern Highway 1:

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Old 07-22-2014, 12:11 AM   #2
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Looking forward to your reports, Enjoy the ride.
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Old 07-22-2014, 02:57 AM   #3
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Nice pics.



Looking forward to reading more about your ride.

Thanks,

JM.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:19 AM   #4
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Hi Max...looking forward to hear more about your trip...especially about how you got on in northern Pakistan...cause its not anymore what it use to be like...eg. Swat state, which was one of 'the places' to hang out...
(see: http://blog.theflowerraj.org/2014/01...guru-rinpoche/ )

BTW...Afghanistan was part of what was called the 'hippytrail' and was those days also one of 'the places' to hang out between europe and india/nepal because it was so laid back, friendly etc.

Have fun (gute reise)

PS. I tried to get from Europe to Nepal in1984 on a bmw 75/5 but the embassy of Iran (then in war with iraq) in germany stole my passport (because I didn't send it registered mail) ...

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Old 07-22-2014, 07:48 AM   #5
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Looking forward to future installments. If not being too personal, was wondering what was the inspiration for your journey, reaction from friends and family, if you enjoy the journey solo more than riding with others?
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:35 AM   #6
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Thank you for the compliments and sorry for my late reply, haven't forgotten
about the RR: I was busy servicing the bike and in the next days I am going
to ride to Colorado - might not be posting during that time.

That's not too personal, for sure I will gladly write about the feelings and
motivation.
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:11 PM   #7
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I am sorry for such a long time of silence. I am still in Colorado and enjoy an
infinite Good Time: The two months have been so eventful, that I even
haven't had time to write my diary properly. This is also why I decided to
quit my travel blog, until I return home and can write down a good story
with lots of time to think and edit.

I have found my personal paradise in Telluride and a stunning road up Mount
Evans near Denver (much better than Pikes Peak, in my opinion), besides
northern Highway 1 my favourite ride so far. Have a look:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM7s0ceyemU

This month I am going to ride around Colorado again and enjoy life in
Telluride. October Utah and California, November along the Gulf of Mexico to
Florida - that's the plan.

All the best!
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