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Old 01-19-2014, 08:24 PM   #5611
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I rented this little Kymco 50 cc scooter in Macau for $20 for three hours. In that time, i rode from top to bottom

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Old 01-19-2014, 08:26 PM   #5612
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Doing a little beach riding scooter style in Macau

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Old 01-19-2014, 08:28 PM   #5613
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Cranes everywhere in Macau

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Old 01-19-2014, 08:29 PM   #5614
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And where there are not constructure cranes, there are buildings

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:25 AM   #5615
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Update?

Hope you're OK Ed, I hear there is some shit going down in Thailand right now. Be smart and stay safe chief.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:35 AM   #5616
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China

So close but yet so far
China just on the other side of the moat


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Old 01-22-2014, 04:39 AM   #5617
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I tried to cross in to China at the official border crossing in Macau. As I suspected, they just laughed and sent me away. No visa.....no enter

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:43 AM   #5618
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Here's the pits for the Macau GP.
The race track is just public roads. I did some hot laps on my 50 cc scooter.
I think no new lap records were set

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:54 AM   #5619
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Hope you're OK Ed, I hear there is some shit going down in Thailand right now. Be smart and stay safe chief.
on my way from the airport to the bus station in Bangkok, the protesters had shut down the main road in to town
Here's a pic
It got me thinking
What would happen if protesters shut down the 405 freeway?
Well, i will tell you
They wouldn't have to worry about the police
The drivers would run them down

But it seems to be the way to calling attention to a cause in developing countries


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Old 01-22-2014, 06:16 AM   #5620
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But it seems to be the way to calling attention to a cause in developing countries



This is what o saw when i was there a couple of weeks back, those cars were all damaged, and now it seems it's heating up again. The government has declared a state of emergency for Bangkok http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/21/t...cy-in-bangkok/
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:08 AM   #5621
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For your tablet issues, you should have maybe gotten this baby.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230664 . I actuallly have this one and it does most of the stuff I think you would want it.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:42 PM   #5622
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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.

I tell my friends this story. Pretty awesome, Lalo!
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Old 01-22-2014, 03:33 PM   #5623
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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.
First of all, great report and great RTW! Just start to read partly of your 375 pages, and don't know if you already talk about it but, anyway: you like wine, beer and you have a sense for beauty (read girls! ). So on your 800 days RTW you almost ride through all Europe but not in Italy? .... maybe not the top destination for beer, but concerning wine and beauty, there are some interesting aspects!
I live actually in Switzerland, but spend a couple of years there, ride nearly each part of Italy, and enjoy a lot their products! Ah, also food is often state - of - the - art!

Anyway, enjoy your trip, have fun and thanks for sharing all this!

PS: sorry for my very bad English!

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Old 01-22-2014, 05:19 PM   #5624
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it's an adventure bike now

It is not an around the world adventure ride unless you are lugging around a spare tire with you.
And i wish i wasn't.
When i came back to my bike in Thailand, i thought i should get a new rear tire before i head in to Laos. I was not sure if i could find such a tire in Laos.
But as it turned out, it was difficult to find one in Northern Thailand.
I went to all three Honda dealers in Nan and nobody had a tire of any type that would fit my bike. I also went to a Kawasaki dealer where they had a cool looking KLX250 on the showroom floor, but no tires for it in stock. Everyone told me the same thing.........three days shipping from Bangkok.
Well, i didn't want to wait three more days in Thailand as i was ready and excited to head in to Laos. But if i was having this much trouble finding a tire in Thailand, Laos would be much worse.
So i headed south to the next big town called Phrae. I was told in Nan that i would find my tire there. It was about 90 minutes riding in the opposite direction, but it was something i had to do.
In Phrae, i checked all three Honda dealers and again no tires. But they did have a new CRF250 on the floor with a 125,000 price tage on it. That is only about $300 more than i paid for my used bike
The guy at the dealer escorted me to a bike parts shop in town. They had lots of tires but they were mostly motorcross type tires.......good for the dirt but the asphalt would eat them up. I met guy from England there who was buying parts for his bike. He showed me another parts shop in town. They had a tire that would work but it was more of a street biased tire. Plus the tire had no name on it. I was not sure how long it would last or if it would be any good. But it was my only choice. It was only $40 vs $90 the Honda dealer wanted for the OEM IRC tire.
My original tire still had some life in it so i spent some time trying to figure out where to carry it. I didnt want to carry it on top because the weight would be too high and i wanted to access the rear box quickly.
I came up with this solution. And it is like the tire is not even there. It is mounted very securely on the bike too. And i can still access all the bags. It was like it was meant to be.
If it were just a tad bigger or smaller it wouldn't work as it would interfer with the swingarm or drag on the ground in tight corners.
It is a true Adventure bike now.......a 250 cc adventure bike

Picture to follow......internet sucks here
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:32 PM   #5625
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Here's the bike loaded down with my new spare tire


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