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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/20/2017 9:13 PM
Went to breakfast pretty soon after 07:00, at least I had been awake already for quite some time.

Breakfast was as good as before, lots of different food:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/19/2017 9:10 PM
We had an early start due to long day ahead.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/18/2017 9:58 PM
Room was quite big in here, but missing a desk where to do some work. For that needed to go downstairs and wait for breakfast to start at 08:00. This day was going have a late start.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/17/2017 9:16 PM
Breakfast was agreed to be 07:00 and right after that we went down. Day looked really nice outside.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/16/2017 9:45 PM
We had agreed to have breakfast at 07:00 and once we walked down there was like half done. Hot water and juice ready, marmalade and butter on table but no bread.

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But after a while lady came and handed over to us the bread as well and some cheese & sausage as well. Good to go.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/15/2017 10:09 PM
We had set alarm to wake us up at 06:00, had a slow breakfast and then packed rest of the stuff.

Went to load bike with some packages already and found this on the way:

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Turned out that this man came from a 4-day wedding and had slept there whole night… and slept until just before we left…

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/6/2017 10:14 PM
Woke up early and while waiting for breakfast to be served at 07:00 checked how fast the internet connection was here in hotel Komovi. Quite good result for a hotel!

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Restaurant was totally empty when I got down, needed to wait a bit and search after someone from the reception.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/5/2017 9:34 PM
Day started at 07:00 with an omelet breakfast which was prepared just on time.

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I was not in a hurry on today, so had an lazy morning and left just before 10:00. Day was looking to be really nice.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/4/2017 9:18 PM
Breakfast was nicely ready as agreed when I got down from my room at 07:00. Nothing big, but for the price of this place just enough!

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Some wires just outside of balcony, to hang some laundry for drying??

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/3/2017 9:02 PM
Breakfast was about to start by 07:00 and I almost slept too late! Was right after seven downstairs and again – first one to arrive. Even the lights were not on.

Had quite a nice breakfast, nothing fancy but everything needed to wake me up. Coffee was just excellent, just on my taste.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/2/2017 9:41 PM
Had a good night sleep and woke up when alarm went off at 06:30.

Once I got my eyes open, started making my own breakfast since in Aranyszarvas Vendégház there was no such option available as breakfast. Room had a water cooker so did not have to take out my own.

Two pieces of porridge and coffee and I was totally awake.

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By 08:30 all packed and I was ready to ride again. Weather was looking really nice.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/1/2017 10:24 PM
Had an early breakfast at 06:30, was second one over there.

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Breakfast at Ibis Warszawa Centrum is not that good as it used to be, not bad either but selection has been cut down. Also internet connection is really poor nowadays, not really...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/30/2017 9:14 PM
Woke up something like 04:30 in the morning and started thinking what to do next. Decided to make a call to Eurooppalainen Emergency Service for address where it would be most simple to get treatment and got an address in Warsaw to go to.

So plan was then to head towards Warsaw which was only some 200 km away from Bialystok.

Breakfast was served starting from 07:00 in Gościnna Kamienica and had something to eat. Not feeling very hungry after eating that big monster tortilla last evening.

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After breakfast just enjoyed my time in the room relaxing.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2017 10:03 PM
Breakfast at Hotel Gustavs was starting pretty late, 08:00. They did have breakfast room and check-out in the same building so no morning walk needed.

Breakfast was fine, nothing fancy but just enough normal bread, eggs, juice and coffee.

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Rooms in this hotel are all different. Mine had separate bedroom and a living room.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2017 5:46 AM
Once I woke up I checked latest ferry ticket prices over to Tallinn and discovered that 10:30 ferry was some 74€ and 13:30 was only 28€ so easy decision was made and I was in no hurry anymore.

Went early to the garage to finish packing the bike, did not have enough time to do that yesterday and take bike to home. I did have everything already packed back at home, now just some final tuning of them.

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There had been some news that they would check more carefully everybody’s travel documents in the harbor so I left even earlier than usually and still there...
By Ilpo Juvander on 5/31/2017 2:39 PM
Nothing special on the morning, just lazy breakfast before ferry got to Helsinki at 10:15.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/30/2017 8:42 PM
Even after a long day yesterday, I slept only some 5 hours and woke up before 06:00. Best Western Malmö Arena Hotel was a good one as it had water boiler in the room with two coffee portions as well so got my first dose of coffee without need to bring my own cooker.

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Room in this hotel was pretty nice, view from this first floor room I got could have been a bit better, but was not going spend my time there looking outside so not bothering me.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/29/2017 10:49 PM
Woke up early, by 06:30 having this really good breakfast:

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Soon after that all things packed and ready to ride by 08:00.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/28/2017 8:08 PM
After spending few days in the conference, it was soon about time to go back to Finland again.

Before that lot of things happened, including giving some more oil for the bike. It seems to drop few drops from somewhere…

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/24/2017 8:11 PM
Was at breakfast by 07:00, couple of others there as well, but still quiet after all.

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Room at Ibis as it has been, a bit weird concept but clean and works very well when travelling alone.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/23/2017 9:04 PM
Woke up early again in Hotel Aristo, room was really great spacious one that they upgraded me into. Of course I spread all of my stuff everywhere so that I can easily find them.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/22/2017 9:25 PM
My room at Hotel Kaiserrast was not best possible, small one person room and it was a bit smelly as well, not cleaned well enough. But managed to get a good night sleep so everything ok in that sense.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/21/2017 8:04 PM
 

 

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Woke up early again and went to breakfast right after 07:00. Again, nobody else was there yet.

Breakfast at Hotel Fryderyk was just as good as they advertised, no complaints!

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/20/2017 9:13 PM
Had my alarm set to wake me up at 06:30, but as I had turned on the one I have normally on it did not fire due to the fact that it was for workdays only… so almost overslept and was at breafast at 7:15…

Had an excellent breakfast again, will take me through the day just fine.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/19/2017 8:55 PM
Did not sleep much either on this day so woke up fully early and was among the first ones to get breakfast at 07:00. Good start for the day, breakfast was just great.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/18/2017 10:55 PM
For some reason could not really sleep well, probably because room was to hot so decided to get up and started day early with a coffee.

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By 7:30 I was already packing the bike again and started riding again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/17/2017 8:38 PM
Finally day came that I got my GSA out from garage again! Long waited summer (?) is here again!

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By 09:00 I had everything packed and once I got out Tommi came as well to take picture from me leaving.

Was going to take it easy riding today, headed first to Vaalimaa border crossing and got actually quite fast through (less than an hour).

Next stop was Vyborg to get some Russian rubles and also fuel the bike.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/5/2017 10:26 AM
I have been struggling for a quite some time with me to get a new car and came across this one. Gave a first visit to see this back in March, but eventually now I managed to get this for a test drive to see what this is all about.

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Drove it some 300km on all sorts of roads and yes, it is a nice car. The one that I took for a ride had pretty much all of the gadgets that I would like to see on mine as well, including

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By Ilpo Juvander on 2/19/2017 10:50 AM
I have been throwing ideas in the air now for few months that what the coming summer would bring everything from Dakar, Spain, Balkans, Central Asia to Bali and after yesterday I think the decision has now been formulated.

First things first:

Estonia Winter Rally 3.3. – 5.3.2017. Just a short break to Estonia and back with GSA ‘Etelä-Suomen Ruosteenpoisto’ 12.5. – 14.5.2017. This is THE trip to Estonia (again!) with KTM 500 EXC just for fun DNNConnect in Spain 25.5. – 28.5.2017. For this I will make a bit more detailed plan, but looks like I’m going through Russia and Ukraine on the way and then head pretty much straight to back as I need to be on following weekend back in Finland. This years main motorcycle event will be Trip to the  Balkans.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/7/2016 9:28 PM
Distance to home: 1212 km, estimated day of arrival: 8.7.2016

Woke up really early little before 04:00. Had not changed my wristwatch to local time and thought that it was already time to wake up, alarm was about to go off at 06:00 as usual. Took a while until I realized what time really was and could not get to sleep anymore so decided to start doing my morning activities.

Little before 06:00 I was ready again and started moving towards bike. When getting out from the room I thought that some other guest was also about to leave, but no, it was the lady from the reception that had slept in a room next to mine and was looking really sleepy! Not probably her best time to wake up… Place was totally locked so without her I would not have got out from there.

But little after 06:00 I was ready to ride again, sun was shining and temperature was really nice 18 degrees.

I had set my goal to drive to either St. Petersburg or...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/6/2016 11:30 PM
Distance to home: 2227 km, estimated day of arrival: 8.7.2016

Day started normally after a good night sleep. Packed my things and decided to take the morning coffee somewhere on the way.

Bike waiting nicely by the parking, some cars had already left. Weather did not look that promising, dark clouds everywhere.

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By 7:30 I was on the road again.

Road was in quite bad shape in the beginning, but eventually got better again.

After driving some 200 km it started raining quite heavily and I stopped to put rain suite on. Next stop was for fuel.

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