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Old 01-24-2012, 10:06 AM   #211
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Wow! And here I thought the bugs were bad on the Trans Labrador Hwy.

Any problems with language barriers? Is English spoken there at all?
Yeah, Ernst was specifically suffering from the midgets. They seemed attracted by his soup which quickly developed a black 'crust'. He had to spoon that off before eating (or however you say this in English). Though they didn't sting, maybe one or two seemed to bite. Ernst then got an eye infection and looked a bite like my GS for a few days ...

We met one (1) person who was not fluent in English - but even he knew enough to chat about roads. This is something I've also noticed all over Scandinavia, probably because they don't dub the movies.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:19 PM   #212
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Absolutely brilliant, we were in Iceland in 2010.

We went there to tick that box as done ... it has put a box beside that to go back and finish, we will plan to do a trip and take two months in July August to ride the inside as well, it will be in the planing after our American trip , my love for Iceland is great.

Of all the places I have seen in the world, Iceland takes the cake hands down.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:36 AM   #213
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Wow!! Lord of the Rings AND Thunderdome with the same tank of gas. Fantastic photography and narrative. I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you!

You get to NorCal check out Lava Beds National Monument.

http://www.google.com/search?q=lava+...w=1252&bih=581
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:42 PM   #214
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maybe some fork seal protectors would be a good thing up there...



not trying to be a smart ass...these things work and we use them all the time no matter what bike we ride. Beautiful pics btw and this and another report has made us put Iceland on our list!

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Old 01-31-2012, 05:12 AM   #215
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Fantastic photos and a nice story, it soaks in easily :-) What happened to the oil sensor in the end?

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Old 01-31-2012, 01:15 PM   #216
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:40 PM   #217
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Wow!!



Thanks for sharing!

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Old 02-01-2012, 05:16 AM   #218
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Thanks all, for the flattery!

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What happened to the oil sensor in the end?
It got replaced with the next oil change.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:37 PM   #219
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Thumb Epic ride guys

That was beautiful to see.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:21 PM   #220
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Really enjoying the report !!!!!
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:42 PM   #221
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Great RR

Sitting here trying to watch the super bowl & read here is fantasticly trying.

I keep trying to get my SO to check out this & that pix, then she screems about an interception.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:14 PM   #222
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Very nice report and i'm sorry that i missed to view the forum last year regulary. I wish i had because now i think that i would have loved to join your nice little gang!

Again, this is a nice report and you have done some very good pictures, even without tripod! I'm still trying to find a way to get my 5d, a panorama head, a big tripod, some prime lenses etc. on the bike

Grüße aus Dortmund!

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Old 02-06-2012, 04:14 PM   #223
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New Iceland plans for 2012

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Very nice report and i'm sorry that i missed to view the forum last year regulary. I wish i had because now i think that i would have loved to join your nice little gang!

Again, this is a nice report and you have done some very good pictures, even without tripod! I'm still trying to find a way to get my 5d, a panorama head, a big tripod, some prime lenses etc. on the bike

Grüße aus Dortmund!

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Moin Madison,

this trip started becoming real almost exactly one year ago, when Maddin checked into the planning thread in mid-February. One inmate who couldn't come back then is now planning for 2012. Check out the new planning thread for 2012!.


Regarding your camera equipment, it doesn't seem like you're actually needing help ... but anyway, here's what I did / will do next time:
- A thin Ortlieb dry bag in the tank bag with self-made padding inside (foam or parts from an old sleeping pad). This worked out great on Iceland, the bag was perfectly waterproof if closed and provided a save - say dust protected - space to change lenses when open. Mine held a Pentax K7 and 3 lenses (wideangle, telezoom and a fisheye). I could have left the telezoom at home, I only used it for the whales and puffins - but we came very close both times.

- A small carbon tripod with a midsize ball-head. I'm thinking of about 1.2m in height and small enough to be carried in the bottle-rack outside my panniers (protected / hidden by more parts from the old sleeping pad). The head should be small enough to stay on the tripod full time. I just killed my old tripod, so I have a good excuse to buy something suitable. Look back at this photo to see which bottle rack I mean. If that's not good enough, I would think about a tool tube or simply strap it on top.
Most of my photos were made with a wide-angle lens and exposure times shorter than 1/180s, so the tripod won't be necessary too often. It should be out of the way, when not used.

Grüße zurück nach Dortmund!


If I would be new to photography and not be already used to the haptics of a SLR, I'd simply bring a nice bridge camera in the tank bag and a point 'n shoot in the pocket. The big camera is nice for 'calender shots', i.e. photos with thought-out camera settings and view angles. But the photos which are most valuable to remember the trip are those blurry quick-draw shots, where you catch your friend doing something stupid or photographing the stranger who's leaving his job to help you. The majority of the photos shown in this thread came from my little Olympus Tough.


Go for it!

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:02 AM   #224
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Hey, thanks for your answer!

Yeah, i think my actual kind of camera equipment doesn't suit a bike in the right way and should stay at home. I'm thinking about a little Canon G12 and a small Tripod for daily use and the slr with a wide and a single prime lens only for special events. This should be more than enough for such a trip! I have a little tendency to be over equipped but i don't want to be the next driving Touratech Catalogue and Camera geek! (i think its already too late )

And now i will take a look in the planning thread but before i should actually train my off road skills!

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Old 02-07-2012, 11:45 AM   #225
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I'm thinking about a little Canon G12 [...] I have a little tendency to be over equipped but i don't want to be the next driving Touratech Catalogue and Camera geek! (i think its already too late )
So b e c a u s e you already feel over equipped, you want to buy one more camera? I would question your reasoning if your profile wouldn't state 'photographer' as profession ...
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