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Old 01-15-2014, 08:36 AM   #5596
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Looks like a good road for a sport bike! Always enjoy your updates, even if they are close to home.

Guessing there's no wineries in HK, but I'm betting you can track down everything else you need...cept open spaces. Looking forward to seeing it through "your eyes".
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:08 PM   #5597
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I have had this motorcycle for over 10 years. It is a 1999 Honda CBR1100Xx.....also known as a Blackbird....
man, those are some hefty turn signals on the back of that thing! Kathe is NOT that big!
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:18 PM   #5598
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fast and furious

I flew out of LAX Wednesday night.
I made it on the flight standby with only 2 open seats left on a 777
Crossing the International date line, it was like Thursday never existed for me.
I arrived in to Hong Kong at sunrise Friday morning.
From the airport, i took a bus to the docks and hopped on to a ferry to Macau.
Once i got to Macau, i hopped on a free shuttle bus to the Wynn casino. I asked about finding place to rent a scooter
I then hired a taxi to take me to the scooter place
The scooters are like $60 a day for a Chinese built 50cc load of rubbish (guess i am spoiled)
So i rented it for $20 for 3 hours and that was enough time to see the country from top to bottom.
Then i took the ferry back to HK, getting there at sunset.
At that point, i started to search for a place to sleep. But all the hostels were full on a Friday night.
I took a trolley to Causeway Bay and everything was full there too
I was so tired as i didnt sleep much on the plane the night before. Plus i was lugging around ll my stuff that i brought with me for the past three weeks on my shoulder.
I took a subway across the bay to Kawloon and found a bed at midnight.
Right now i am at the airport waiting for my plane to Bangkok. From there, i have an all night bus ride back to my moto.
I can't wait to put this public transportation BS behind me and get back on The Flying Dutchman 2 and gain my independence back
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:06 PM   #5599
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:24 PM   #5600
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Alright!

Here we go again, back on the road!
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:34 PM   #5601
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I will post some pics of Macau as soon as i can upload them to my tablet.
Macau is a pretty interesting place. Lots of casinos that anyone that has visited Las Vegas would recognize. lamborghinis and Rolls Royces were commonplace.
The place was certainly not hurting for money. And China was just a hundreds yards away across the channel and was booming. Construction cranes dominated the skyline.
The roads were not too choked with traffic but it was some of the most dangerous riding i have done so far. I didn't have my Rev'it suit with me. The rental helmet was flimsy. And i personally withnessed two accidents.....one involving a scooter and a car and the other involving a taxi hitting a center median, flying up on two wheel and nearly rooling in front of me. I was glad to be back on two wheels riding around Macau, but i was also glad to return it with me and the scooter in one piece
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:41 PM   #5602
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Glad you made it back in one piece
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:52 PM   #5603
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I'm with you on the public transportation. I don't know how people do it, herding cattle.
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:41 PM   #5604
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Welcome back. I guess you need a 12 hours of sleep to catch up. Looking forward to your travels
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:16 PM   #5605
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European Awards Show

I am late doing my European Awards Show, partially because i have been busy and partially because i still have ten or fifteen countries left to visit. So these are the awards i give to only those countries i have visited so far. By the end of the year, it should be an all inclusive list and i can update it again then. So without further delay........drum roll please

Country with the best roads and scenary: This is an easy choice.......Norway. But remember, i have not been to the Alps yet. Though Norway will be tough to top. Just go back and look at my pictures and see for yourself. Simply amazing

Country with the worst roads: The Netherlands. What do you expect from a country whose highest mountain is not much bigger than a pimple. Plus, watch out for the bumper to bummer traffic and all the bicycles on the road. There are lots of other reasons to visit the Netherlands but it is not for the great motorcycle roads

Best food: It would easy to pick a place like France, but i couldn't afford anything good to eat there. But dollar for dollar, the smoked fish in Lithuania, the buffet in Ukraine and the eats in Hungray were some of my favorites

Worst food: Sorry, i don't get tapas. For the most part, it is not much better than the ritz crackers with cheese wiz that i used serve at my old college parties. Yes, the ham can be good, but the rest is just ok at best. But the worst food is in Norway. Too bad i didn't get to try some fresh fish which i understand is good. But when a hamburger at a gas station is $20, the price just puts a bad taste in your mouth even before the food goes in. Needless to say, i didn't try the good stuff.

Best beer country: Duh!!!! Starts with "B" and ends with "elgium". Hands down winner. Nothing else even comes close. But, if i were to pick one beer outside Belgium, it would be the Imperial Ale from Estonia........but good luck finding it unless you live there.

Worst beer: Norway, Sweden and Finland......take your pick. At $5 a beer or $10 in a bar, all the beer there leave a bitter taste in your mouth and it is not from the hops. All the beer brewed in Europe is better than most of the stuff they sell in Central America.

Best wine: i thought for me that Spain would win hands down, but I have to give the best wine country award to France. I still think Rioja Spain makes some excellent wines and some of my personal favorites, but France just kicks ass. Bordeaux has their fancy chateaus and when the wine is good, it is the best of the best. But more times than not, Bordeaux sucks and is over priced. Burgundy was a huge surprise for me. There were so many reasonably priced wines made by small, family own wineries that just plain rocked. And it amazed me how the romans nailed it when they categorized the vineyards and how different the wines tasted even if the vineyards were just feet apart........they call it "terrior". And then there was Champagne......it is always a party when you pop open a bottle but yummy enough to drink every day. Honerable mention to Germany for the best white wine in the world and Hungary for making the best sweet wine and the best wine under $5 a bottle.

Worst wine: That one winery in visited in Monte Negro and the Riga Sparkling wine i poured out in Lativa.

Best women: This one is really hard. The Spainish girls were really cute I saw some French gals that looked like Channel models The girls that worked at McDonalds in Denmark were stunning. The police chicks in Norway definitely didn't look like a bumch of dikes The Serbs were tall, slender and cute Hungary makes more pornos than any place in the world and the beautiful girls there keep the demand for their videos high But if i had to pick, i would narrow it down to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. There, it is like watching supermodels walking down the catwalk. I will never forget how beauiful the girls were partying and drunk on the streets of Tallinn that night I rolled in late. But if i were to pick just one country, i would have to say that Lithuania had the hottest chicks in all of Europe. And they get the nod because for one reason.......actually "a pair" of reasons........ the girls in Lithuania had boobs. Don't ask me why, but the boobs got bigger as i headed south thru the Baltics. I also noticed that the Polish gals had boobs so i would have to reason that the boobs came from Poland. But, here is the catch........the girls from the Baltic states could be cold as a Russian winter. In fact, most countries touched by the Soviets had affected the people's openness. But not the Poles. They were warm and friendly. So if you are looking for your beauty queen to bring home from Europe, i would say to go shopping along the Lithuanian border in Poland.

Not so pretty girls: This is even harder. Not one country stood out with ugliness. But if I had to pick one, i would have to say Portugal. Probably not fair because i never made it to Lisbon, but they are not snappy dressers like in France and Spain. I told this to a couple of girls I met here in Asia and they totally disagreed with me so i need to go back. If you live in Portugal, please introduce me to your sister and prove me wrong.

Friendliest people: I would have to say the Dutch are some of the most friendly. They all speak perfect English and are most American like.....for good or bad. The Germans, Poles and Spainish are also very friendly.

Most Unfriendly: Sorry Ukraine, that day, while fixing my flat tire on the sidewalk when nearly 2000 of you walked by without saying a word to me. Oh, sure, you would stop, stare and watch what i was doing, but as soon as i made eye contact with you, you would turn and walk away. I know you wanted to say hi. And when i go back, i promise i will not ship you off to Siberia if you say hello. Plus i wrote my ex GF who was born in Ukraine to let her know i was there. she still had family there but she was as cold as a January morning there to me. But i can't just pick on the Ukrainians. The Baltics states were cold too. But one girl pointed out that these people were not being cold, they are just being shy. And after 50 years of Soviet occupation, one can see why. And of course, not all were shy. I meet some friends like the nice guy who invited me in to his home in Estonia. And watch out world when they have their coming out party and when they do, that will be one party i won't want to miss. But perhaps topping Ukraine was Albania. I only spent 2 days there and i am anxious to go back and give them a second chance, but if they keep cutting in lines, driving like assholes and having the attitude that nothing else is important except themselves, then I am outta there

Best country: I loved France. The people were not rude like I have been told. They don't like speaking English only because they are always saying sorry for not speaking the language better. And of course they have the best wine in the world. I loved Belgium. The beer and the people were great but there needs to be some mountains there to be the best. Norway was beautiful but too expensive. The Baltics had the most beautiful girls but you couldn't talk to them. And i have loved all of Eastern Europe more than Western. But if I had to pick one country to be the best, it would have to be Spain. It has the weather, the beaches, great wine, mountains, awesome roads, friendly people, beautiful women........in other words, it has it all.

Worst country: Part of me wanted to pick Norway because it is so damn expensive there. And it is where i got sick, but i can't blame that on Norway. To its credit, the girls were cute and the scenary amazing. Another part of me wanted to pick Albania, but i think my opinion will change when i go back. I would have to say my least favorite country i visited in Europe was Finland. Sorry. But i was let down. I expected more. But i really can't give one reason to go back there. It was expensive like Norway. It had no points of interest that stood out. The countryside was boring unless you like miles and miles of forest and lakes. I can't really say anything bad about other than it just didn't stand out among the rest. At least Albania was interesting in a bad sort of way. But not standing out and sticking its neck out has kept Finland marching to the beat of its own drum. Staying clear of the Russians to the east and the political BS in the west. And for that, it might be one of the best countries to live.
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:29 PM   #5606
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My favorite moment:
I have two.......
Sneaking in the back way in to Chimay, sleeping in their barn and then getting a Vip personal tour of the brewery and bottling line. And then leaving with my moto piled high with gifts and Chimay beer.......pinch me, i still think i am dreaming
The other time was going to lunch with famous wine maker Alvaro Palacios and bunch of crazy Chinese who knew how to party in Priorat Spain.
The funny thing is, both of these moments had nothing to do with me riding on the motorcycle and everything to do with my motorcycle trip. Without the moto, i would have been just another average Joe turned away at the gate.

Least favorite momen:
Again, two stand out and both were in Norway
Getting sick and peeing blood was probably the low-light
And spending the night in my tent in that wicked storm north of the arctic circle was not much fun either
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:34 PM   #5607
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back in Thailand now

My bus just rolled in
It was 10 hours back to the place i left my moto from Bangkok
I paid an extra $10 and got on the VIP bus.....bigger seats and less people. I actually slept most of the way.
I am feeling pretty good now at 6 am in the morning.
Now i just need to walk to the place i left my bike......God i hope it is still there!!!!
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:46 PM   #5608
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Thanks for the "best of"

For a lot of us that have been following from the beginning, the recap is interesting.

You've covered a lot of ground and looking forward to the rest.

Adding Spain to the list.

Get your ride on....
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:41 PM   #5609
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packed up and ready to roll

I left my moto at Tony's Place in Nan Thailand while i was home for the holidays. Not only did he look after my bike for about $3 a week, he also serves up some good chow.
It is a must stop in Northern Thailand.
For me........next stop - Laos

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Old 01-19-2014, 08:22 PM   #5610
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Hong Kong at sunrise from the ferry

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