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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/30/2012 11:32 PM
Early morning wakeup, packing, breakfast and on the road again. No special target for this day either except to get into hotel on time.

I decided to drive non-toll road A-7 as that looked to be quite fast anyhow.

During the drive only noticeable thing was around Valencia, forest fires were really blocking visibility. Smoke was everywhere.

It took 786 km in 9½ hours for me to get into hotel in Benalmadena where next two weeks would be spent.

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Up on the higher road parts there was quite heavy wind, I needed to slow down a bit.

After couple of retries managed...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2012 11:40 PM
Had a small breakfast at the hotel, packed and to the bike.

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I got the bike parked behind the hotel and as expected it was right there where I left it. Still muddy and all…

To start with I was not planning to take the fastest route from Bardonecchia, but more smaller roads which actually took me into very nice interesting paths. Col de l'Échelle was the last bigger pass on my route.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2012 9:24 PM
As we were a bit after planned schedule, this was the only day for me to get onto unpaved Alp roads. Had some routes planned either by looking at routes others had driven or just by seeing from the map:

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Not all of these were unpaved, some were partly and some just really nice paved roads.

Starting from Aosta first leg included sceneries like this:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/27/2012 9:19 PM
After having breakfast at 07:00 we started packing the bikes and back on the road again.

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For this day we set target to be away from autobahn and drive smaller roads into Italy and see how far we would get. And we did get into really nice roads on the way.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/26/2012 10:43 PM
Got a bit late start for the morning, breakfast was at 8:30…

We also had some hairy one to eat with us.

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Also our start was a bit delayed,...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/25/2012 10:30 PM
We had already heard the news that next day was going to be really rainy one in Sweden and as we walked outside in the morning this was already quite clear to us.

So full clothes on, for me this meant also wearing rain suit and that came really into need.

Our first stop for fuel was only after 230km and already here we started seeing issues: Tommi’s new Honda VFR did not start, all electricity was gone and man himself was really pissed off! After 15 minutes of thinking we took the seat of and found out that one of the power cables was loose and its screw had been messed we could not tight that at all. What a nice job the dealer had done in Bike World for this bike! Just some 1500km in the meter…

We managed finally to get the bike started while holding down the power cable, ran for a cup of coffee before continuing. Tommi’s gloves were also wasted, brand new ones were not holding water out…

Called also to Kari and we agreed to change route from bridges to ferry from Helsingborg. Wind...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/24/2012 10:29 PM
As I was already on our summer place at Sauvo, this day was going to be a short one. Only 59km including detour to visit a friend in Kuusisto.

During the Mid Summer festival we enjoyed some bikes:

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At the Viking Line ferry terminal I met my cousin Tommi to join part of the trip:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/19/2012 1:28 PM
Start of the journey is approaching fast, only five days to go. Bike has now gone through maintenance, washed and ready to ride. Washing riding gears is also mainly done, so only thing to do is packing. All items have been listed and gathered already into one place.Tracking Link

Tires for the trip became Michelin Anakee 2 and I plan not to take extra pair of tires with me. With Anakee 2 I should be able to manage through Europe to Morocco and back.

As on the other trips, there will be tracking enabled where I am moving.

This tracking is found in here. This link activates once I leave...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/14/2012 9:19 AM

As of today, plan for the trip has been pretty much done. Trial packing is behind, all gears have been selected and final bike maintenance is early next week.

First part is short visit to Alps and especially unpaved roads over there with some friends, like this.

After this I will continue alone towards Spain, spend some quality time with my family over there and once they fly back to Finland, I start my next leg to Morocco.

Because of the situation in Africa, I will be touring around Atlas mountains for a week or so, some Sahara and then head back to Finland.

Stay tuned, this years Big Adventure is due to start end of next week!