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Old 08-07-2014, 09:28 PM   #436
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Great report, safe trip home!
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:36 AM   #437
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So do I
Its a shame we could not meet but it was a pleasure to follow you on your trip
Yes it was a shame that both Leanne and I couldn't meet up with you again Andreas.

I have told Leanne that she needs to visit Berlin, so who knows, we may be back :-)

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Old 08-08-2014, 02:42 AM   #438
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Loved the report. Shame it had to end, next time just keep going eh? Every time I read one of these types of reports I just wanna pack my bike up and go.
I can't imagine Leanne's response if I told her that I was going to keep going!

It is a shame that it has ended, it was an awesome adventure!

Glad you enjoyed the report :-)

So why don't you pack up and go?

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Amazing write up. Been following it the last couple of days and trying to catch up from the start.

Well done.
Thank you Gaz

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Great report, safe trip home!
Thank you, I am packing my bag now, all of my washing is clean (and that is using a proper washing machine and not a bathroom sink!)

I leave Heathrow at 10.00pm tonight for the long haul home

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:22 AM   #439
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This is where I have been staying near Little Milton. This is one of the houses on the estate. Just beautiful!

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Old 08-10-2014, 05:56 PM   #440
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It's Flemish slang. It actually means : jar to piss in. Een pispot. Echt waar.
Oh,then in english it's a pisspot.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:42 PM   #441
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A fantastic ride report. I am one of those who has done over 100,000 kms around New Zealand and now have the yearning to do Europe. Thanks for sharing

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Old 08-13-2014, 11:26 AM   #442
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Hope you got back alright........and not too jet lagged landing a two days ahead or so isnt it?
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:07 PM   #443
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Hope you got back alright........and not too jet lagged landing a two days ahead or so isnt it?
Yes home in one piece, it is a long flight but going home it is quicker - downhill (seriously the jet stream winds in our part of the world make the flight home from Singapore, at least, quicker).

The plane left Heathrow at 10.00pm Friday night and I landed in New Plymouth at 2.00pm Sunday.

New Zealand is 13 hours ahead of England.

Had a nice welcome at the airport from Leanne (of course!), my son and (inmate) Phreaky Phil and his wife Dawn.

It is good to be home but there are lots of adventures out there waiting.

Now to find a job!

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:10 PM   #444
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Well done Mike, I've followed and enjoyed your report. Thanks for putting in the effort.
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Old 08-14-2014, 05:36 AM   #445
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Hi Mike and Leanne,

Just to let you know that Paul and I arrived relatively safely in the UK last week after completing just over 3000 km in 4 days across Europe. The definite highlight of the trip was the Stelvio pass from Italy to Austria, with 85 hairpin bends in quick succession.

We inadvertently timed our arrival at Dover the same time as a hurricane struck the UK. It was not much fun riding through hail, torrential rain and gale force winds. To make life complete, on joining the A1M just off the M25, my 1190R caught a nail in the rear tyre. It was 4 pm. Managed to pull off the road and shelter from the storm in a bus shelter. After 3 hours the AA arrived and plugged the tyre, and we set off again on the A1M. But after 40 miles the tyre was flat again, and had to call a breakdown truck to take the 1190 the rest of the way to Nottingham. Eventually arrived at 5:30 am the next day.

KTM in Long Eaton were very helpful and fitted a new rear tyre. I'm now back on the road again and will be returning to Corfu starting on 25th Aug.

I enjoyed our time together in Greece and Albania very much, and thank you again for your great company and friendship. I'm glad to hear you arrived back in the land of the Hobbits safely, and wish you success in job seeking!

Best wishes to you both.
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:09 PM   #446
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Hi Mike and Leanne,

Just to let you know that Paul and I arrived relatively safely in the UK last week after completing just over 3000 km in 4 days across Europe. The definite highlight of the trip was the Stelvio pass from Italy to Austria, with 85 hairpin bends in quick succession.

We inadvertently timed our arrival at Dover the same time as a hurricane struck the UK. It was not much fun riding through hail, torrential rain and gale force winds. To make life complete, on joining the A1M just off the M25, my 1190R caught a nail in the rear tyre. It was 4 pm. Managed to pull off the road and shelter from the storm in a bus shelter. After 3 hours the AA arrived and plugged the tyre, and we set off again on the A1M. But after 40 miles the tyre was flat again, and had to call a breakdown truck to take the 1190 the rest of the way to Nottingham. Eventually arrived at 5:30 am the next day.

KTM in Long Eaton were very helpful and fitted a new rear tyre. I'm now back on the road again and will be returning to Corfu starting on 25th Aug.

I enjoyed our time together in Greece and Albania very much, and thank you again for your great company and friendship. I'm glad to hear you arrived back in the land of the Hobbits safely, and wish you success in job seeking!

Best wishes to you both.
Rob
Wow that is an adventure, although obviously not what you had planned!.

Glad you arrived in one piece.

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Old 08-16-2014, 12:26 AM   #447
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Hi Mike and Leanne

Thank you for a very enjoyable ride report, I looked forward to reading each installment every morning whilst have my breakfast.
Could you tell me how many kilometers you managed to get out of your Heidenau tires, what is the level of tread is left on them?
I hope you find a suitable job to allow you many more adventures in the future.
Thanks Mike
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:26 AM   #448
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Thank you for a very enjoyable ride report, I looked forward to reading each installment every morning whilst have my breakfast.
Could you tell me how many kilometers you managed to get out of your Heidenau tires, what is the level of tread is left on them?
I hope you find a suitable job to allow you many more adventures in the future.
Thanks Mike
I am glad you enjoyed the ride report, it was good to do and as I have said previously I plan to print it out and bind it up to add to the diary we kept.

Tyres, I knew someone would ask, I wish I had kept better records!

I would have ridden approx 4500 kilometres on them before Europe so say 22,500 kilometres by the time I got back to England. A lot of those kilometres were two up and loaded with luggage including (on our Xmas holiday) a bit of time off road.

The tyres still have tread on them, the front will need replacing soon though (more for my piece of mind).

I don't know how many kilometres I should expect from them?

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Old 08-17-2014, 03:49 AM   #449
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Hi Kiwi Mike - thanks for sharing, I followed you a fair bit with great interest. Just did a 3 months trip with swambo through europe, but clockwise. In a nutshell from Bremerhaven (north Germany) to Istanbul - Gibraltar - Bremerhaven. So we shared a couple of places...

Also used Heidenaus, total 19000km, the rear was more or less done, the front still had good milage left on it.

We live in springbok country though, should you ever head this way, get in touch, we will look after you.

Enjoyed your report big time, thanks for the effort!
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:51 AM   #450
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Heidenau

Sorry Guys
how can you ride 19000 km and more with a Heidenau?
which one was it Mike ?

in NZ I had the Shinko 703 as rear tire, after 6700 km it was done
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