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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/26/2009 8:36 PM
This day had lazy start. Plan was to start driving SS1000 Iron Butt ride from Split / Croatia to Aachen / Germany.

Same time at the breakfast room there was a group of Swedish people and they were really hard on discussing the one Finnish bike out on the hotel’s parking… but they did not dare to ask anything on that.

Everything was ready by 10:30 at Hotel Zvonimir, so I decided to starting preparing for the ride.

Hotel Zvonimir image

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2009 11:53 PM
This was just excellent day! What a drive!

Day started at 10:00 local time by leaving the hotel at Montenegro and heading towards Split / Croatia. Soon after I left from hotel TomTom made it to the map and started showing directions.

My bike ready to go in Hotel WGrand parking place in Montenegro Hotel WGrand in Montenegro...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2009 11:51 AM
Today’s plan was to drive from Ioannina / Greece to Petrovac / Montenegro.

Day started ~09:00 and since it was only 21 degrees out, I decided to drive with all Gore-Tex clothes and take them out if it becomes too hot.

First trick on the day was to get TomTom to guide me to the border of Greece and Albania since they are on separate map, you cannot directly point it to the other country and I had to choose one village closest to the border and drive there and then switch the map and continue.

On the Greece Albanian border Greece side had no issues letting me go out of the country, but on Albanian side I had to present all the motorcycle papers along with passport and at the customs I even got an certificate that I had the bike with me when entering Albania!

Albanian side was excellent ride. Although the road that I choose was at first not at its best, the views were excellent and since I was riding only 50-60 km/h, this road condition did not really matter.

In Albania I did only...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/22/2009 10:22 PM
We started at 11:00 from our Arkadia Hotel at Zakynthos, escorted by family to the airport and looked that they got through the check-in.

After that headed to the ferry from Zakynthos to Killini, ferry was about to leave at 13:00.

All ready to roll, my TomTom had direct co-ordinates to the next hotel which was Dovitel Boutique Hotel at Perama near Ioannina.

I started at Killini harbor at 14:30 and ended up in hotel after driving ~400 kilometers. Some detours on the way and some happy surprises as TomTom did not know all of the roads ahead…

Also the hotel POI that TomTom knew was about one kilometer too early, but lucky for me I found an German speaking lady who guided me to the right direction.

Hotel is very nice, quite new and only drawback is that air conditioning is not working. But that was known issue as the hotel manager called day before after I made the reservation and let me know about this.

This was the route that I actually drove, straight out from TomTom (click...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/21/2009 7:11 PM
Day 1 Our first driving day started with SS1000 ride which we started from Tallinn at 00:36. Then just heading down Via Baltica to Riga, Kaunas, Bialystok, Lublin, Svidnik, Debrecen and Oradea.

Did not have much surprises on the way except the fact that driving through eastern Europe is a pain. Way too little roads and too many turns.

This lead us into timing issue on our SS1000 ride and we needed to take the plan B instead of original plan.

I had already checked an earliest possible ending spot which we gained easily and filled our tanks, but decided to continue to the next one just in case. Next gas station we found some 30 kilometers further towards Oradea/Romania where we made then our final ending for our SS1000 Iron Butt ride. This was just few minutes before the time ended.

After this we continued to our hotel which was Hotel Maxim in Oradea. Had some issues on finding the hotel as TomTom did not have any clue on Romanian streets… Arto fell with his bike while it was on...