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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/28/2016 9:04 PM
Got everything packed on the previous day – finally – and was just waiting for the morning to see how early I would wake up. At 04:14 I was already up and planning for the coming day. I was not able to book a morning ferry, both of them were already booked so I needed to take 13:30 ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn.

Not too bad, I got some time to rethink how to pack everything and it was really needed as well.

And I got also something to eat before leaving from home.

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By noon I was ready and started driving towards ferry. Some...
By Ilpo Juvander on 4/17/2016 4:08 PM
Started digging into more details for my coming summer and right now it looks like I’m heading first to Spain and then directly from there to Mongolia without driving through Finland.

This allows me some more flexibility into my timetable, but I must also plan what I will take with me when I leave from Finland.

Mileage will be so huge (almost 30tkm) that I will need to carry spare tires with me as well. Not that it would be first time for doing that:

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Roughly the route looks like this now. Not every detail in there as Google Maps does not route through all roads I want and I’m not...
By Ilpo Juvander on 3/20/2016 1:39 PM
This summer is going to be celebration summer, I have been doing 10 years these longer motorcycle trips.

So this time need to have something to remember and the plan is to visit Mongolia.

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Some >15 000 km of road waiting for me!

Will take my GSA for the trip and planning has now started. Need to plan the route in more detail and I’m trying to void the main roads I have driven before.

First gears already ordered – new set of tires. Will try Heidenau K60 Scout how they perform on my usage.

Next one to think of is cooking, will need to see if my old trangia will be on this trip or if...
By Ilpo Juvander on 11/18/2015 8:59 AM
https://getadblock.com/ vaihtoi eilen oletuksena asetuksista löytyvän Suomi –listan tähän minun ylläpitämään listaan.

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Enää ei siis tarvitse tuota osoitetta käsin käydä lisäämässä.

Niin, ja tätäkin listaa käyttää myös Adblock for Finland IOS9 ja Mac OS X Safari.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 10/21/2015 10:38 AM
I finally made my mind and moved away from Windows 10.

Had too many issues with it: Too slow, crashing apps, apps not working like they used to did with Windows 8.1 and cherry on top the OneDrive integration which works just so much better on Windows 8.1.

Last piece for this decision was that Microsoft is planning to show ads on Windows 10! Not something that I want to see on my desktop!

So now my main working environment consists from two computers:

iMac 27”, an older model (mid 2010) but it has 16GB of memory and 1TB hard drive, totally capable of running 2-3VMWare images simultaneously. Speed is not 100% there, I will use this now for couple of weeks and see if I need to upgrade this one into a newer model. I have also connected into this one an external display (HP Compaq LA2405wg), I was hoping to connect two but only one connector… MacBook Pro 13”, not an new one either (late 2013) together with one external display (HP Compaq LA5405wg). Has same 16GB memory and 1TB SSD...
By Ilpo Juvander on 10/14/2015 12:46 PM
Yleinen kysymys näinä päivinä ja tässä hieman koottua tarinaa.

Jos käytössä selaimena on Safari, Chrome tai FireFox, niin mainosten estäminen onnistuu selaimiin saatavilla lisäosilla. Näitä löytyy sekä maksullisia että maksullisia.

Tässä muutamia (mitenkään ottamatta kantaa niiden paremmuuteen/huonommuuteen) joista löytyy versiot sekä Mac OS X että Windows maailmaan:

https://getadblock.com/ https://www.ublock.org/ https://adblockplus.org/ HUOM! Ainakin Adblock ja Adblock Plus ovat viime aikoina alkaneet tukemaan ns. hyvksyttäviä mainoksia eli päästävät sivuilta lävitse osan mainoksista.

Esimerkiksi AdBlock –työkalusta löytyy tällainen valikko, josta voi sitten valita halutut estolistat...
By Ilpo Juvander on 9/25/2015 12:46 PM
Kun tuota kotimaista mainosteneston listaa nyt on tullut tovi ylläpidettyä niin heräsi ajatus myös vastaavasta listasta Applen IOS maailmaan eli iPhonelle ja iPadille.

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Homma on nyt edennyt siihen pisteeseen, että tänään on ensimmäiset sovelluksen testaajat saaneet tuotoksen käsiinsä kun sovellus läpäisi ensimmäisen vaiheen Applen sovelluskaupassa.

Uusia testaajia on mahdollisuus lisätä mukaan yhteensä 1000 kpl, jos kiinnostus heräsi niin eikun ottamaan yhteyksiä. Sähköpostiosoite tarvitaan jotta tuonne saadaan uusi henkilö listoille.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 9/23/2015 11:00 AM
As 2015 summer is already over, I’m starting to think what to do on 2016.

I have visited many countries and places with my BMW and since this summer is 10th time I’m going somewhere with my bike I believe it is time to try something different.

In my garage I currently have BMW R1200GSA, KTM 500 EXC and KTM 690 SMC R and as a though I started thinking taking one of those KTM’s out.

KTM 500 EXC has a bit too short service interval, but others have done it so why not me? Going with this bike would certainly open up totally new roads compared to going with BMW, like this one:

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KTM 690 SMC R would also be an option, but as that is more of a *street* bike that might be too _boring_ trip.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 9/2/2015 7:56 AM
When looking at Hotel Price Index and it’s numbers from Finland I cannot stop wondering how these all can be so expensive? And all of these very much on same level?

Helsinki: 114€ Jyväskylä: 105€ Oulu: 106€ Turku: 110€ Vaasa: 110€ Maarianhamina: 134€ Rovaniemi: 107€ Lahti: 85€ During my travels across Europe I have always found cheaper options even in bigger cities. This year’s trip to Malta average price per night on hotels was 44€ and all of them included breakfast, some of them even for two especially on the way back when Max was with me.

In Finland you cannot really travel this cheap and lucky for me I’m not doing that! And not planning to do that either, not with these prices on the table.

Even going to Tallinn will drop the prices back to _normal_ level where one can easily find a place to sleep with 25€ and when paying 10€-15€ more breakfast is also included.

In Helsinki cheapest option today is 79,90€ per night...
By Ilpo Juvander on 8/28/2015 8:55 AM
I have now played with Windows 10 on my desktop for a week and I’m quite ready to move back to Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7.

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From what I have experienced the performance of Windows 10 is not where it was on this machine with Windows 8.1. Seems like there is an issue with I/O or how it’s being handled, my mouse freezes too much when lots of applications are open and busy doing stuff in the background.

I also have lots of issues with plain Microsoft tools like Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus I’m using.

Microsoft Office tools like Excel have had feature on Windows 8.1 that when right clicking program in Task Bar it has shown pinned and recent items list. This list has pretty much gone on Windows 10. Or it works, but only...
By Ilpo Juvander on 8/3/2015 8:36 PM
I have come to a point where I have decided to get rid of my BMW K1200LT. It has served me well for the past 86tkm/9 years but I really have had too little driving with in the last 4 years - only 5tkm – so moving forward. Somebody will get a good bike out from this.

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And of course, this time I want something totally different.

First I put my eyes on BMW F800R. Nice bike, a bit heavy (202kg) but main issue I had with this one was the fact that it’s suspension did not feel right. Seemed like the front and rear were from two different bikes.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/29/2015 8:43 PM
Got Max up a bit earlier since we needed to be on the road right after 08:00 so that we get into ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki.

Breakfast was normal bread, coffee and yoghurt – lots of coffee to get day started.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/28/2015 8:26 PM
Day started with excellent breakfast, will take through the day easily.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/27/2015 8:13 PM
Another transit day ahead – and cold morning. It was raining in the morning when I woke up!

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Had a quite good breakfast at Hotel Omega once I got Max up.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/26/2015 8:37 PM
Started day with a proper (!) breakfast, finally some real coffee as well. I have so much missed coffee during the Italy the days, there they just don’t know how to make coffee. And got some real bread and not some sweet cakes for breakfast. What a relief.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/25/2015 9:33 PM
Had a very small sweet breakfast in the café, could have been better.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2015 8:07 PM
Had an excellent breakfast (well, if you can call Italian breakfast excellent, but best in Italy so far) and started packing again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/23/2015 8:17 PM
Morning start took a bit longer as my route planning was in troubles. I was trying to find a place from Rome, but failed to find any proper one so needed to expand the zone. And after driving in Naples, I thought that it might not be that nice to drive in the traffic there when temperature was still a lot over 30 degrees.

Italy is a tough place to find decent hotel with good (secure) parking for motorbike, but finally I managed to find a place from Spoleto which is a bit further from Rome but still along the route towards Finland.

After this woke up Max and headed to breakfast.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/22/2015 8:22 PM
Had quite a good breakfast in Hotel Alhambra, almost typical Italian.

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By 09:30 we had packed our stuff and on the road again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/21/2015 8:11 PM
Day started really early, wakeup at 02:30 after sleeping only couple of hours. Quickly some sandwich and water, shower, final packing and then to get Max up as well.

At 03:00 we were outside of For Rest Aparthotel packing the bike and 03:15 we started driving towards ferry port in Valletta. Ferry was scheduled to leave at 05:00 and we made it easily.

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After bike was securely tied, we went to...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/20/2015 9:42 PM
All good things must come to an end and so is this one. On last day we let Max sleep quite late as next night was going to be very short.

Got some swimming still for the day before starting packing.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/19/2015 9:30 PM
These days were full of everything, eating well, sleeping late, swimming, boat cruise to nearby island, bus trips to nearby towns, speedboat trip, lots of walking (on average 11km per day) etc. etc.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/13/2015 9:33 PM
This was my day off in Malta as my wife and son were to arrive later on in the evening.

After having some porridge for breakfast I decided to take a drive around the island. Did not take until first stop when I saw another motorbike approaching which turned out to be one Latvian guy living in Malta with his wife and a dog.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/12/2015 8:40 PM
Believe it or not, but as I went downstairs to get breakfast as agreed 08:30 in Hotel Siciania, it was already there waiting for me.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/11/2015 7:11 PM
Had an lazy morning due to the fact that check-in into my next hotel was going to be earliest at 17:00. So slow breakfast was in the program.

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Little before 10:00 I was ready again and all packed towards Villa San Giovanni which is where the ferry leaves towards Sicily.

Got the ticket from the ticket office few hundred meters before the dock and then waited for ferry to arrive. Ferry goes every 40 minutes and crossing takes about 20 minutes.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/10/2015 8:52 PM
Had an later breakfast than usual as at Il Giardino Delle Sete the owners were either not waking up that early. But this was quite fine by me, I had still plenty of hours left for the day.

Again, nobody else at the breakfast with me. I seem to book the small places just for me!

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/9/2015 8:11 PM
Day started with a small breakfast at 08:00.

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I was not in any hurry since this was may day off from riding. For the morning I had to go to the harbor to pick up a ferry ticket I had booked earlier to travel from Vlorë to Brindisi. I chose this line because it was running during daytime and was relatively short in time, only 4,5 hours travel time.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/8/2015 9:37 PM
Had a pretty good breakfast at Hotel Evropa without any hurry.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/7/2015 8:38 PM
Day started with a small breakfast that the Hotel San’s receptionist created. Some bread, scrambled eggs with cheese, coffee and juice. Just enough to get my eyes open.

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And again, nobody else at the breakfast, even the lights were not on.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/6/2015 7:40 PM
Needed to wait a bit longer for the breakfast, bread delivery was a bit late there. But eventually bread came and had something to eat and not just plain coffee that was served earlier.

 

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While waiting for the breakfast, owner of this place came to talk to us and told that they are growing all salads and others in their greenhouse so everything they make is home made and fresh. And food was indeed quite good over there.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/5/2015 7:39 PM
Had a small breakfast, nothing fancy but again got me started. Lots of other people there as well.

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After this I packed all the stuff and drove short 100m to the reception to pay for the room....

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