By Ilpo Juvander on 6/30/2010 11:15 PM
As I was eating my breakfast in the morning in Suceava hotel, I was just thinking all my wet and smelly clothes and same time sky was looking like it is going to have same thunderstorms again I decided that I will head straight to south away from these rains and to the warmer areas.

Originally I had planned that I drive through The Transfăgărăşan or DN7C road, I missed this last year because of too tight schedule and now it looked like I would miss it again.

As I was leaving from the hotel, there were couple local guys coming and talking and trying to get me to drive to my original route down to Black Sea, but was not that interested on that for now. BTW One of these guys was going to come to Finland on September and to the Nordkapp, was asking a bit of road info on how that is up there in the north…

So I packed and started the ride towards south. My target was Bucharest where I had booked a hotel. Just a...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/30/2010 4:34 PM

Some river crossing from romania to bulgaria, got bike wet again

30.6.2010 14:34:00

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2010 2:03 AM
My nice idea was to go around Moldavia and enter Romania from north, but that all ended up in disaster.

First everything looked nice, I was driving and enjoying life! After driving 35 km I took this picture:


Who can put better mileage on BMW R1200GS Adventure? I challenge you!

But then all hell broke loose.

First Zumo guided me into slippery unpaved roads which I first did not believe, but I decided to continue anyhow and it turned worse and worse. At the end there was one van coming same road opposite direction and it was stuck in a big hole. I just gave it a try and got passed that spot and to the bigger road again.

And then it hit. Thunderstorm. I had seen that coming and had already switched my gore-tex...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2010 9:48 AM
At 16:00 on 26.6.2010 it all started from Espoo.

First legs plan was to drive from Espoo through Russian to Kiev/Ukraine.

Harri came to escort me all the way to Vaalimaa border after which I continued it alone.

At Finnish side of the border everything went smoothly as before, on Russian side I had to write the forms twice before I got everything in order. Those typing mistakes are really hard when you don’t have a delete button in the paper to correct them…

Eventually I made through, didn’t take that long.

Next I continued toward Vyborg and then to St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg it all started. I had done one stop before that to fix my gears since it looked like its going to be raining a bit. Well, it started 10pm and rain did not stop at all until 6am… this was going to be a wet one!

I found the ring road around St. Petersburg and followed it to my next one M20 to south.

Driving through Russian was not really a big issue for me, I had updated to my Zumo the...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2010 8:59 AM

Second refill, 1330 km behind,27.87658

28.6.2010 6:59:12

Rain finally stopped,27.87658

28.6.2010 7:09:16

Todays first stop, bottle of juice and one litre water.,27.72942

28.6.2010 14:49:57

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/27/2010 5:26 AM

First stop for fuel in russia after driving 550 km,,27.87658

27.6.2010 3:26:48

And it rains even more...,27.87658

27.6.2010 7:27:11

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/26/2010 8:45 PM

Last stop on finnish side, next is russian,27.87658

26.6.2010 18:45:57

Harri who escorted me to the border will now start driving back home to Turkish and sauna

26.6.2010 18:56:01

Quick stop to drink and fix gear,27.87658

26.6.2010 21:16:15

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/25/2010 7:03 PM

One more night and the it begins!

25.6.2010 17:03:45

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/24/2010 3:11 PM

Last inspections done, some packing still waiting after mid summer and then it is GO!

24.6.2010 13:11:22

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/23/2010 7:07 PM

Three more days to go!

23.6.2010 17:07:41

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/22/2010 9:57 PM

To see where Team 1, Team 2 and Team 3 are going, just go to this site:

All there teams have SPOT devices activated and their location delayed by 24h is seen on this page.

Team 1 is already in Mongolia, Team 2 is starting their journey on 10th July and Team 3 is on the way by 26th of June.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/22/2010 9:39 PM

Just testing if sms gateway is still working. I will send updates from the trip through here.

6/22/2010 7:39:32 PM