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Old 05-12-2010, 11:55 PM   #31
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Didn't you just get home from your last epic journey? You just stop at home for a couple of months vacation between adventures?
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:58 AM   #32
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I`m in too! Good luck.
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:18 AM   #33
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Hey Doug,

Give me a call when you're in Romania, maybe we meet again :)
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:59 AM   #34
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This is going to be so sweet. Cannot wait until the next update! Subscribed!
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:01 AM   #35
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You CAN get Iranian visa I believe. Full contact details and how-to in my report of a year ago. Maybe things changed since the election but I had no major difficulty, although had to arrange a few weeks ahead of course.

Ditto Israel-Greece ferry service. Only one ferry service, as of Christmas 2009.

You are correct, if you go back thru Syria they may ask and can see your exit point from Jordan in passport. I DID go back thru Syria post-Israel but had meanwhile done Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan -- so they did not get suspicious I guess.

The type of bike has nothing to do with it, all these places welcome visitors is my experience. The faceless bureaucrats who issue visas are a separate issue.

Iranians LOVE Americans. The gov't is another story. 75% of Iranians were shown in an internal survey to be pro-Yank. My Iran blog has details and links to survey.

Saudi I think you are out of luck. I tried EVERYTHING from Egypt including an Egyptian fixer, no luck unless willing to wait for a month of two to see what they decide. Maybe you'll get luckier than I did ...

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Old 05-13-2010, 07:17 AM   #36
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Wheezy,

Awesome trip!

The Goldwing and the Indian/Choppers really prove that you can do the deed on whatever bike you have.

Doug,

REALLY looking forward to following this one. Give those talibaners hell!
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:18 AM   #37
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I agree not to give up on the Iran visa. Americans do get them. Just apply in each and every country you go to and you very well may get lucky. The border to Azerbaijan right on the Caspian is real mellow compared to the one near Tabriz. If they have an Embassy there, it might work. It's an awesome place- though you are completely mad for riding there in summer. You will need a Carnet for the bike if you get the visa for you.

Does your map show a side trip to Iraq? I don't think you will get a visa for there (though the road in Syria runs pretty close to the border). Saudi will be near impossible for an American. Turkey, Syria and Jordan all ROCK! This will be fun.
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:56 AM   #38
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When you are in jordon make sure you go to petra and wadi rum.
wadi rum is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:12 PM   #39
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still waitin on the damn bikes. they say the crate is in the air now.
The customs guys in the US waited til monday to clear it, instead of friday, cuz they are too busy dickin around.

then someone else was screwin off at the shipper, & didnt get em in the air.

so anyhow, barring any probs here, the plane lands at noon, so I hope to have em on the road by 3 or 4.

since I will need a carnet for Iran, I wont worry about a visa, cuz I aint got a carnet anyhow.

and yes on Iraq, the northern part should be ok, I'll let ya know how that works out.

I'll definately visit Petra & Damascus, lookin forward to visitin Lebanon, I think thats where all those Lesbians come from?

but I got a few months in europe to kill first, wont go east til august/sept.

thanks for all the ideas & support!

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Old 05-13-2010, 12:18 PM   #40
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You rock dude! I admire your creativity and ingenuity in building your own cool bikes to ride around the world! Right on!
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:21 PM   #41
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...heading to the middle east, as I wanna see what them talibanners is up to.
EPIC!!

Thanks for the new sig quote...and I'm looking forward to this report!!

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Old 05-14-2010, 12:52 PM   #42
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:26 PM   #43
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We're just outside Stuttgart if you need a place or tools or anything. It is a Harley after all...






















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Old 05-14-2010, 03:22 PM   #44
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Three days late as usual!

Damn Doug, I sleep in for three days and Im three pages behind on the new ride. Count me in as a lurker. Wishing you the best ride yet.

In LA right now waiting for the BP oil slick, (formerly "British Petroleum" now know as "Beach Polluters".

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Old 05-14-2010, 04:54 PM   #45
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I really should not watch your reports or else I may begin to think HDs are bikes too. But since no HD can ever beat the allmighty BMWs, I think i'm gonna lurk around and spy wussup.
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