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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/18/2014 8:38 PM
This day was going to be an free one from driving, just relaxing and waiting all clothes to be dry. Started with breakfast, although we did not have any breakfast from Hotel Las Rampas, we went to the hotel breakfast, paid few euro’s and got really nice buffet breakfast.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/17/2014 11:37 AM
For this day we had an early morning due to border crossing from Morocco to Ceuta. By 06:30 we were checking if there is any breakfast which was a bit missing…

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Pool area was all empty at these hours.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/16/2014 9:34 PM
Had a bit lazy morning, recovery operation from yesterdays drive was still on-going…

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While waiting breakfast there was good time to do some maintenance work: new break pads for Janne.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/15/2014 8:49 PM
Had a bit lazy morning as we had some ideas about keeping resting day and some camel riding. Both of these were abandoned during the morning: Camel’s were not available so we decided to move forward.

Breakfast was normal, coffee, bread and some unknown stuff.

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Few more pictures during the morning from kasbah.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/14/2014 8:54 PM
As we did not have any breakfast available in due to Ramadan, we just checked out from the hotel and started to take bikes out from the garage.

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A note on the Morocco’s way of hanging shower tap.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/13/2014 9:10 PM
Wake up came at 05:00 in the morning and at 5:30 I was all ready and packing stuff into bike. I had parked my bike on previous night just in front of Hotel Alay reception.

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After driving some 20 minutes I was just before 06:00 in our meeting point in Fuengirola waiting for Janne to arrive.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/12/2014 9:26 PM
For the morning activities had nothing really special, just taking it easy after breakfast and packing all the stuff.

At 11:30 we were ready, checked out from the Hostal Cuevas and started driving towards Benalmadena.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/10/2014 9:35 PM
After breakfast we just relaxed in the hotel room. Not in any hurry to get moving towards Fuengirola as we were so close already, only some 65 km drive was waiting for us.

Closer to noon we finally made it to the bike.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/8/2014 8:03 PM
Again we were not in any hurry as driving waiting for us when leaving from Chipiona was going to be only couple of hours. We had this small breakfast in the hotel and then started packing.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/6/2014 11:33 PM
We were not in a hurry to leave Seville and take a short drive to Chipiona. Finally before 11:00 we were ready and started driving out from the city.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/4/2014 8:42 PM
This was the start of next phase of our journey, taking GSA and driving over to Seville. All needed stuff packed to bike, rest was left into Hotel Alay in a suitcase waiting for us to come back next week.

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Planned route was taking us through some smaller roads towards Seville. On the way hit 90000 km on the GSA:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/2/2014 9:51 PM
These days were mostly just relaxing, lots of walking, some shopping and eating well.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2014 11:59 PM
Had small breakfast and packed all the stuff and moved outside to the bike. There I saw that there were couple of older bikes parked as well and after talking to the guys they were taking part for some sort of old bikes long distance rally. These two guys in the pictures were the mechanics taking care of them while they were driving.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/27/2014 10:37 PM
I woke up in cold Andorra, had excellent breakfast and was ready to continue again. Not in any hurry as I decided to skip this time all special Pyrenees routes I had planned. This day was going to be plain and simple transit day through bigger and some smaller roads which I had already driven before so knew quite well how long it was going to take.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/26/2014 10:47 PM
Breakfast was small, but enough.

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Quick packing and On The Road again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/25/2014 10:24 PM
Day started with a small continental breakfast and again started packing.

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8:30 everything was ready again and On The Road again.

Had some smaller roads planned – again – and two of these were such that I needed to turn around as road just disappeared.

But found my way forward.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/24/2014 7:04 PM
Day started early in hotel Galli, breakfast at 7:30 and nobody else was there.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/23/2014 9:21 PM
Day started with normal routines, breakfast and packing.

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Then was time for Gasthof Hochalmspitze’s *mandatory* leaving routine: picture taking.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/22/2014 9:28 PM
Day started already quite early with planning for the coming day and then breakfast which was quite ok in this premium business hotel Bratislava. All the usual stuff.

I also took the motorbike out from garage into hotel doorsteps for easier loading.

At 8:40 I was on the road again to selected smaller mountain roads and some bigger passes.

On the Austrian border there was some detour already waiting, road on this smaller road I had selected was closed and due to this I also decided to select a bit different route which brought me into even smaller roads than originally planned.

Some 100 km from the border was a bit boring ride through villages and small towns, but eventually started the smaller mountain roads which turned out to be just perfect. Lots of motorbikes on these roads as well and I can highly recommend these.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/21/2014 9:21 PM
Had an early wakeup and made the plans for coming day and then to get some breakfast.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/20/2014 7:24 PM
Day started a bit later due to recovery operation still on-going from yesterday. Managed to get breakfast which was quite ok and would take me through the whole day.

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Packs packed, paid hotel and managed to get out from hotel just around 10:00.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/19/2014 6:13 PM
Finally the day was there again! Long waited vacation was there again.

I had originally planned to leave on Thursday morning, but I had somehow mixed the ferry booking and was pretty much forced to take the one I got and it happened to be the one on 18th of June, Wednesday night ferry leaving Helsinki at 21:30 towards Tallinn.

Plan was now to drive directly from Tallinn to Warsaw using Via Baltica and not take any smaller roads due to the fact that I was driving by night.

Everything was already packed, just some fine tuning and I was ready to leave.

First stop was going to be my local gas station, I was not going to stop in Tallinn for fuel as I wanted to get as fast forwards as possible.

I was an hour before ferry departure at the harbor, but everybody was already queuing in there. Couple of other bikers were waiting to board as well, but not really many.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/18/2014 6:17 PM

Just some final fine tuning and in an hour I will be leaving from home towards ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/18/2014 5:17 AM

This will be the SPOT tracking link again.

Link will be activated once I leave and is delayed by 24 hours.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/10/2014 5:30 AM
Days until this years big adventure starts: –9.f2518ff2748bb1aeacdbec982ff66760

Almost all needed gears found, one or two minor ones still hiding somewhere.

Yesterday cleaned and verified that my water filter...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/3/2014 8:55 PM
This summer has been a bit quiet on the planning side, only now I have been able to get some sort of idea what I want from this summer.

Some guidance has been set already before:

Route is via Tallinn Malaga is one stop for few days But everything else has been – and partly still is – quite open.

Now it looks like I will be starting my journey on June 19th. Time is still a bit open, but day is pretty much fixed.

Idea is to take it easy again, as little highways as possible and take smaller roads whenever it exists. At Malaga I will be by 28th so I have 9 days to drive ~5000km. Not that bad, can easily drive via smaller roads and enjoy!

After Malaga, some touring in southern Spain and Portugal, then to Morocco – again – and then heading back to Finland again using smaller roads.

So now I’m in packing mode, trying to find all stuff I think I will need and dump...
By Ilpo Juvander on 2/16/2014 6:32 PM
For the past years I have been using my navigator as a MP3 player, but I have now listened so many times all of my MP3 songs that it was time for a new solution.

After searching I found my self looking into Google Music service and it’s offline capabilities. I will need to use this in offline mode in order to save data connection costs for trips outside of Finland.

Next was to find proper hardware for it with following:

minimum of 64GB free storage WLAN and bluetooth Android devices with proper amount of memory are hard to find and those which would have Android 4.2 or newer with support for sdxc memory card even harder. Android 4.2 is important to have as Google Music supports storing of it’s offline files into memory card in that version forward.

One option would have been Apple iPad, but would not want to carry extra cable for nothing with me just to charge it and also those devices are bigger as well.

I was trying to get MP3 files out from Google Music as well and...
By Ilpo Juvander on 11/21/2013 5:33 PM
One of these things that I needed to sort out as my transition from Windows to OS X laptop was the ability to plan my trips when on the move.

For that purpose I was originally planning to use good old Garmin MapSource under VMWare on my OS X, but I decided to give Garmin BaseCamp a fair try.

I had read that it now has capability of changing database location to some user defined path so first thing I did was that I switched this into path that was under my SkyDrive folder:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2013 8:00 PM
As weather was looking horrible, we decided to take a shortcut via Tallinn to Helsinki.

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We took via smaller roads on Russian side towards Pechory border crossing, rain stopped finally once were approaching it. Pechory border crossing itself was nothing special, normal queuing with few cards.

Road on Estonia side was under construction for few kilometers after the border, but after that we got to the bigger roads and just drove to Tallinn.

And before boarding ferry we needed to do some mandatory...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/23/2013 10:07 PM
Had again early morning, breakfast at 07:00 sharp. Had a bit issues to find the breakfast room, but eventually found it. It was just across the hallway and looked like an normal hotel room door like all the rest of them.

I was there first one to arrive, chose second alternative from the menu not knowing what it was as there were again these language issues. But I got some tea, two eggs, one slice of bread and some roll of something.

Couple of Russians arrived as well and they chose their own menu: some white stuff coupled with two beers! What a way to start a day…

But pretty soon after 08:00 I was on to road again and as it was raining a bit I put my rain suite on when leaving the hotel.

Plan for today was just to drive to Velikiye Luki to meet Harri who had been there already since yesterday and then continue rest of the trip back to Finland with him.

Did a fast transit, stopped only once to refuel...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/22/2013 10:26 PM
For this day there was not going to be anything special planned, just driving ahead to get back home.

I had some miscalculations for distances due to poor planning and seeing what type of roads I was going to be driving so for today I was going to miss my hotel that I had already booked. Some euros lost due to that… But next night I planned to be either in Kursk or in Orel, depending how fast I would get through from Ukraine – Russia border crossing.

So on the road again at 07:00 with no other breakfast but a bottle of water.

Road from Melitopol was in excellent condition and after 400 km and 4½ hours later I started approaching border. And I also started to see some clouds and just some 50 kilometers before the border I needed to put on rain suite as it started raining.

Rain stopped quite fast, but there were still some drops coming every now and then so I kept the rain suite on for...
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