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Old 06-28-2014, 10:01 AM   #241
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Hi Michael me and my daughter will be in Hungary on the 26th July staying in kaszthely southern end of lake balaton. Be good to catch up with you if your around that area then
Sounds good Jim, let's keep in touch :-)

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Old 06-28-2014, 10:39 AM   #242
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Venice

It was another day of playing tourist today so we got the bus back to Venice (going past the Ducati and BMW dealers on the way). By good planning (that is what I am saying) we got on a different boat to St Marks Square and almost went right around the Island versus going down the grand canal.

I won't bore you with photos of the three cruise ships or super yachts in port but I did think that the view of the Square from the water was worth sharing.



We walked away from the crowds and found a nice spot for lunch. The highlight of the day, for me then happened (yes we went to museums etc but this WAS cool). This #%#^* enormous cruise ship slowly went passed us, with a tug At each end on its way to the port. It WAS closer than the photo shows. Amazing!



You think it would fall over going around sharp turns



Big or what?



To get over the shock of something so big Leanne needed some retail therapy (you guys might relate to this) she didn't buy anything as it " looked cheap", I must use that line the next time I am in a bike store!



And by good luck the bus got us back to the local neighbourhood bar (we tried an Italian spritzer for the first time) just as the Assen MotoGP race started, cool. Obviously we had to cheer the Ducatis on.

Back on KT tomorrow to head to the West coast and three nights in the Cinque Terre with some walking and beaches. We will plan a route to get there tonight.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:55 AM   #243
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Sounds good Jim, let's keep in touch :-)

Kiwi Mike
Just wondering if you have room for BACON THE ADV RIDER MASCOT he's trying to get back home to Australia he's been stuck in Europe for far to long now !it would be fantastic if you could
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:28 AM   #244
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Just wondering if you have room for BACON THE ADV RIDER MASCOT he's trying to get back home to Australia he's been stuck in Europe for far to long now !it would be fantastic if you could
Of course we have room!

Would be an honour to have him on board lol
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:48 AM   #245
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Venice to Riomaggiore

We stayed on the Autostrada today until we got to Parma where we stopped for a leg stretch / cold drink.

We have been impressed with the beautiful fountains in Europe and the fountain in Parma was also impressive



From there we took a nice windy road over the Passo Cisa (1041 metres). After the boring autostrada ride it was a pleasant surprise to see signs again warning of hairpin corners



Enzo Ferrari's first race also took place here



We did spot some motorbike "porn" on the way up (not sure what it is, a Beta?)



Trying to find our accommodation here was not easy as many roads have barriers across them and it also bucketed down (I found that I could squeeze KT around one barrier but heading back I had to take the bag off the top of the pannier to get back through)

This is our home for next three nights on the Cinque Terre



KT happy after getting around all the barriers outside the railway station. (I have just found out that I was lucky that the police didn't see us there. Don't worry she is parked legally now!)



The only wifi we have here is at one of the bars where we need to buy a drink first DAMN
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:23 AM   #246
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Hi guys! We love reading your blog daily. How are you ever going to come back to NZ and back to normality after your amazing trip! Leanne, buying jewellery is very practical as you can wear it home and Mike doesn't need to pack it. Marcel sugggests you check out the rings also! LOL.
Hi Heather nice to hear from you. Mike has let me loose on the blog for a change. Usually I sit watching blankly and occasionally have some input :-). Our trip is wonderful but hard work at times. I now have packing the orange bag on the back down to a fine art. Not that I have told Mike yet but I have some spare room, tee hee. Am keeping that up my sleeve. Marcel's suggestion sounds wonderful. Just think, if Mike had been granted his leave he would have been back at work today (NZ time) :-)
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:23 AM   #247
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Cinque Terre

We are making use of the wifi in the bar again tonight, I see that Leanne appears to have taken a liking to Spritz drinks. Unlike last night when it was full of Dutch supporters cheering on their team there doesn't seem to be many French supporters here (although the Dutch did stand out wearing orange) and from what I can see no Nigeria fans!

Sorry inmates no motorbikes will take part in today's update

This area of Italy is famous for the footpaths that connect five villages, some do not have road access, so there are lots of hikers around here.

That is what we did this morning, walked from Riomaggiore to Manarola, 90 minutes worth going by the signs. Here we are above our village (the houses in the background are a GOOD hike up from where we started). Marcel in our running days, this would have been an awesome step run (these days it is more of a few steps and then stop to look at the view).



Looking to Monterosso way in the distance. A railway line links four of the villages, you can see that going around the bay in the foreground. Those are vineyards on the hills.



Once we got to Manarola we got the train to Monterosso and spent the rest of the day chilling out and swimming. (Sue thanks for the recommendation it is a beautiful beach).



Tomorrow we will do another walk and lots more swimming :-)

And yes I have noted Leanne's comment about spare room for shopping
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:32 AM   #248
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A very nice drop of weather there. Arrgh, the pressing weight of humanity. I know there is a beach somewhere under all the furniture ços you say so. Bit of a contrast to our recent visit to Raro with the beach all to ourselves. I wont show this bit to my wife as she will have me running up the hills too.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:31 AM   #249
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This report is awesome! Thanks so much, guys, for letting us catch a glimpse of your ride over your shoulders! The shot of the cruise ship in the Venetian lagoon was amazing. Kind of too bad they let those behemoths in there, in a way. Nothing like disgorging several thousand people at once all headed for the Rialto Bridge and San Marco. Easy enough I guess to avoid them by going deeper into the less well-known neighborhoods. Next time I'm there I tell myself I'm going out to Lido, but I have to figure out how to tear myself away from France first! Really nice to read your postings from the Cinque Terre, too. Thanks again!
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:51 AM   #250
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A very nice drop of weather there. Arrgh, the pressing weight of humanity. I know there is a beach somewhere under all the furniture ços you say so. Bit of a contrast to our recent visit to Raro with the beach all to ourselves. I wont show this bit to my wife as she will have me running up the hills too.
We had planned the last four destinations in Italy to give us time to have a bit of a holiday together before; Leanne flies home and, my four week adventure through the Balkans (to return to London and then NZ) starts.

As you know it is unusual to find beaches like this with all the furniture on them back home but the Italians do it so well with cold drinks, wifi, shower etc all handy.

We have found that it has been hard to get regular exercise while travelling like this so it has been a couple of nice days off the bike reiaxing. Tomorrow we head to Bologna (Ducati factory and museum) and then Florence, so lots of traffic and Leanne, doing what she does so well while I am trying to ride and read Mo at the same time, calling out the traffic lights (early on we missed a couple of reds so it is great to have the extra eyes watching!).

Great to hear from you

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Old 07-01-2014, 11:00 AM   #251
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This report is awesome! Thanks so much, guys, for letting us catch a glimpse of your ride over your shoulders! The shot of the cruise ship in the Venetian lagoon was amazing. Kind of too bad they let those behemoths in there, in a way. Nothing like disgorging several thousand people at once all headed for the Rialto Bridge and San Marco. Easy enough I guess to avoid them by going deeper into the less well-known neighborhoods. Next time I'm there I tell myself I'm going out to Lido, but I have to figure out how to tear myself away from France first! Really nice to read your postings from the Cinque Terre, too. Thanks again!
Great to know that someone other than our families is enjoying this report. I know at times it isn't very "bikish" but we want to let people know what we have been up to. This, along with our more personal diary will become, for us, good momentos of this adventure.

That ship was amazing, I know there will be people out there cringing at my lack of culture with me saying how cool that was versus the centuries old cellos etc we saw in a museum, but tough lol.

Every country we have been to so far we would go back to. I can understand your problem though trying to tear yourself away from France. We loved it and only saw such a small part.

Thanks again for your comments and interest

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Old 07-01-2014, 11:26 AM   #252
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Cinque Terre day 2

This is us right now, a Spritz each, surrounded by Swiss football fans cheering their World Cup team on (have I got a dorky grin or what?).



Another nice hot still day. We got the train to Monterosso where Leanne found the "selfie" seat and couldn't go past it



We walked from Monterosso to Vernazza, the real post card town of this area. You may recognise it from photos you have seen? Heading up, you may notice I have my "best" shirt on, all the others (only three due to space issues) had been washed. Black wasn't a good colour choice for the heat....



Still climbing. Riomaggiore where we are staying is in the distance




Looking down on Vernazza





Lunch time



We then got the train back to Monterosso and spent the rest of the day swimming and chilling out.

Tomorrow we have to be at the Ducati factory for 11am. Unfortunately a bit of doubling back but it should we worth it!

Hopefully I can find where KT is parked and the person controlling access to the town lets me ride down to load up versus having to carry everything up the hills.

Take care everyone.

Mike and Leanne
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:26 PM   #253
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Hey Mike and Leanne, you're living the dream so many of us share! Of course we're following along!! I had to laugh when I saw the look on the face of the woman sitting behind Leanne in that photo you just posted of your lunch stop. She's looking right at the camera as if she was afraid you were going to snap her stuffing that sandwichy thing in her mouth. Classic "hey, you lookin' at me?" look! Looking forward to seeing your trip to Ducati-land. Hilarious that you can't park a non-Duc by the building. I wonder if they have a series of car parks designated for specific makes, maybe with European bikes closer and Honda the furthest away?
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:55 AM   #254
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Riomaggiore to Florence via Balogna

First a question, if the Italians call a city, say Firenze, why doesn't the rest of the world call it that. Why does the English speaking world call it Florence. Things like that sure make it confusing when you talk to a local about where you have been!

Anyway enough of that, we have had an "interesting" day. I found KT but realised she was on the other side of a barrier that I wouldn't be able to get her around. Luckily I asked a woman who was getting in her car if she would wait for me so I could get the bike out and follow her through the barrier, she did.

I forgot to take my helmet and when riding thought the bike was sounding strange, but put that down to no helmet (to muffle sounds), maybe padlocks on panniers rattling etc.

Anyway we loaded up and headed to Bologna (Ducati), yes you culture vultures we missed the leaning tower of Pisa for the Ducati museum (I have seen it before and from what we saw on Venice there is no shortage of leaning towers here).

Loading up



While riding Leanne mentioned the strange noise and I noticed the red alternator light flickering. It went out around 4000 revs so I stopped thinking too much about it. Then I had a thought, 990s don't have alternator lights! Yes it was the oil light flickering. I stopped and checked that we had oil, yes. The temperature gauge was normal also. We kept riding as it did go out over 4000 revs and we really had no other choice. Just before Bologna it came on bright red so I did a dive across two lanes of traffic to stop (sorry truck driver!).

Anyway we rode to the factory and while I went in Leanne (who didn't want to see it) went off to find details of KTM dealers.

This is the employee bike park, have you ever seen so many Ducs in one place (employees get the bikes at a 30% discount). Since Audi bought Ducati, the car park is now also full of Audis



A famous bike for us Kiwis, Mike Hailwood's winning bike



Paris Dakar winning bike (on the roll route map is written "The Beach Bravo")



The lighting wasn't good for photos, here are winning 916, 996, 998 etc in a row, gorgeous (older ones were behind me), you can see our guide who gave a lot of information on the bikes etc.



MotoGP bikes, only winners are there so there are a couple of gaps in the years where no races had been won. Surprisingly the bikes are orange and not red now. This is for TV as the red on HD television looked brown (now you know!)



Photos weren't allowed in the factory tour, that was also amazing, seeing the bikes and engines being hand built. Obviously access to the race bike workshop is restricted to only a few employees.

So that was Ducati, now what about sick KT?

We went to Collina motori (www.collinamotori.it). What a TOP group of people. We arrived while the workshop was closed for lunch and we were driven to a local lunch spot (and picked up although I forgot that and we walked back) in a very nice Porsche.

Once back KT was pushed inside



And the team quickly got on the job. We were lucky as Alexa knew a little English and she spent time trying to decipher my Kiwi English for the mechanics.

Problem was found. When we got the oil and filter changed they did not use a genuine KTM filter!!! Side by side a genuine one is slightly longer, so radiator water had got into the oil (don't ask me how).



The bike was flushed out, new oil, filter and a top up of radiator fluid and Voila the noise had disappeared and no more red light on dash. I do have to watch the water level in catch bottle very closely, if it goes down the problem will be a much bigger fix (fingers crossed) as a rubber seal may have been damaged.

Here is the team, includes gold medal six day enduro winner (from 1980s - what a legend!) and Alexa who is an Italian MX (or enduro) champion.



A top group of people who really looked after us well, THANK YOU
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:49 AM   #255
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Guess that will teach you not to use cheap after market parts Mike. Good news that its sorted amd fingers crossed for you. Did they have to use your massive role out tool kit? Lol. Good to here you made the pilgrimage to the Ducati factory, hope you blessed yourself with their holy water....
ps, i took the 900 monster around the inlet in the weekend, not quite the scale of your ride buddy. Take care.
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