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Old 11-09-2013, 06:04 AM   #1
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The Odessa File

English is not my mother tongue, so apology for any misunderstanding
and... sorry for the blah blah blah

No matter the journey, it has consequences!

I talked about this trip to my Father. When I saw him, he asked me how my trip happened while I was not gone yet. Just an oversight on his part. This trip is dedicated to you Dad!

We are nothing! But so much, for many!

Starting Sunday, June 2 Return on July 4

My route went through a bit of France and the Valais to pass the Great St. Bernard and join Verona. Then, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Romania, to go through the Transalpina, the highest road in Romania, and the Transfăgărăşan.

Crossing southern Moldova and Ukraine to reach Odessa. In Russia, a round trip between Anapa and Tuapse. Initially, the idea was to go around the sea

Back in Romania, via Anapa, Crimea, Odessa and back to the sea. Bulgaria, where I joined my brother Jacques in Plovdiv. Macedonia, northern Albania, Kosovo to join the mountainous region of Metochia.

Montenegro, a few kilometers into Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, then ferry from Split to Ancona. From there, easy return through Italy and France.


killing thing on the road


March 22, 2013: Oiled, equipped, ready to go


New shoes


Connecting the GPS


With the help of Pauline


What a mess


Everything is there

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Old 11-09-2013, 06:12 AM   #2
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Redkruge,

What a fantastic route! Looking forward to the ride report.

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:56 AM   #3
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Saying goodbye to my girlfriend


And at our daughter

Road to the Crimea (map)

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...d2c38424&msa=0


ITALY

Sunday, June 2, Carouge - Verona

This morning, at first and after a few kilometers, the adrenaline and the taste of freedom suffocate me. Emotions back in my throat and I have sadness to leave mine. The thrill of travel takes me and also the right to be afraid. The road is known. Grand St Bernard, Aosta, Verona by motorway. It's hot, 29 degrees near Milan. I left on Sunday to avoid the rain the day before. I am satisfied, especially since it will not last.

In Verona there is a party(holiday). Music and procession. Neither Roméo, nor Juliette, but many tourists in this magnificent city of Venetia. I am in the first inn perceived during my approach of the city center. In five minutes of the events, the pedestrian and livened up streets. A big shopping center, its alleys. So many luxury shop windows(luxury showcases), so many bootlickers of shop windows(showcases). Panels(signs) indicate monuments to be visited. Strangely, by approaching these beauties, but by going away from Zara or from Gucci, alleys empty. The sun is setting and I eat on a terrace. A strange feeling of happiness overcame me.


Gateway to Verona


Party girl


Prohibited Area bric a brac of the arena


Strolling through the old town


Piazza dei Signori




Hmmmm ...!

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Old 11-09-2013, 12:39 PM   #4
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:01 AM   #5
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:55 AM   #6
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Nice trip, pictures and good looking girls too, particularly your daughter if you don't mind me saying it. You're a lucky man!
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:40 AM   #7
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:43 AM   #8
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Rest on a highway rest area in Slovenia
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:52 AM   #9
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what a great thread.
This really is a fantastic start.
Thanks for taking us along on your journey.
I cannot wait to read and see more
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:03 AM   #10
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On Monday, June 3rd, Verona - Zagreb


Tonight I sleep in Zagreb

The highway, monotonous, brings me to Zagreb, not without having had to buy a label(tax sticker) for the highways of Slovenia. Arrived in the capital Croate, the first hotel fits the bill. No parking lot, but I could leave the bike in front of the window of the reception, and there is somebody all night long. The room is beautiful, the city also. Many Mac Do and I Phone. The war is forgotten and good beyond this concern, Croatia recuperated.

There is a protest in town, but I do not know why. The police is there and everything is peaceful. Globalization has invaded the streets. I look for a restaurant; I am not going to go to eat at Vuitton or Lacoste.


The receptionist watching my motorcycle through the window


Zagreb cathedral


Protest on "Ban Jelacic Square"


Statue of Josip Jelacic


Plenty of small terraces ...


...where quench your thirst


While strolling through the streets of the city



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Old 11-10-2013, 10:36 AM   #11
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Im in for this one, fantastic start with great photos. This looks like a really fun trip. Looking forward to more!
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:43 AM   #12
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Excellent! More please.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:24 PM   #14
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:31 AM   #15
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Tuesday, June 4, Zagreb - Novi Sad

The red brick houses are lined up along the road that takes me in Serbia. Sad, some are riddled with bullets. Distant memory of an unnecessary war. The road is long to drive between 40 and 60 kph. I have to do 400 kilometers today, and it's raining. I get to Novi Sad at 19:00. Late! A nice hotel, a good shower and a good beer at the Irish Pub, lost in the narrow streets of the city. Tired!


Cathedral "The name of Mary Church"




On a wall, towards the market

Wednesday, June 5, Novi Sad. Day of rest

It rains in Novi Sad, a city that looks like all modern cities. We feel already come. Some beggars in the street. Here the children are with their parents, not at the school. Also, the escalators do not work. I wander on "Freedom Square" in the city located in the autonomous region of Vojvodina.

The 1,400 kilometers made in three days have exhausted me. The last 400, in the rain, were the worst. I found myself empty. Here, the city smells of smoke. You can smoke in bars and restaurants. Tomorrow departure for Romania, Sebeş. Under the greyness. Again!





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