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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...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/21/2013 10:06 PM
Tried to have breakfast at 07:00, but took a bit longer before they were ready with it. But eventually got that and it was the best one on this trip, had pretty much everything in it.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/20/2013 10:20 PM
This day started without a hotel organized breakfast, so needed to create my own.

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Good that I still have some of this with me. I have not managed to use all of them since in very few places there has been this water boiling system.

My plan was to drive kind of around Crimea and do some side routes on the way.

First one started right out from Kerch, which got me into some very nice country...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/19/2013 8:24 PM
Morning started without proper breakfast, just two cups of tap water, packing and ready to go.

And it was raining - again.

I had made some fine tuning for the route plans and decided to head west instead of north for now so that I could pass all the rains.

So rain suite on when leaving Pyatigorsk and on the road again.

Rain was so heavy during the first 100 kilometers that I could barely see the road. I was chose some truck that I drove behind and this proved to be quite a good way to drive. Trucks were not going too fast and I was seeing where the biggest water obstacles were and there was very rarely any cars getting between me and the truck.

But after driving in rain for 150 kilometers, sun was there again! I was so excited that I decided not to stop but instead just drove ahead and only after 250 kilometers made first stop to drink and get rid of rain suite. Temperature was at this point well over...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/18/2013 10:22 PM
Had to wait a bit to get breakfast, it should have started 07:00 but in practice they got it ready by 07:20… Got also a strange question when I went to eat: “Are you from Israel?”. Go figure where they got that idea, maybe there was somebody else from Israel and they mixed me to this person.

I was the only person getting the breakfast:

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Funny when coming towards north, even the bread starts to get darker:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/17/2013 10:22 PM
I woke up very very early at 04:00. Could not really sleep so I started planning for the next day.

As I was not feeling that good from all the driving I had yesterday, I was looking at other options. Original plan was to drive from through Georgia directly to Vladikavkaz in Russia, but with these roads and kilometers this was not looking to be an option.

Slowly the plan formulated so that I will start driving towards Georgia on the route to Vladikavkaz and just take the break for the night when I feel like it.

So around 07:00 I was again ready to go, packed bike and on the road again. No breakfast given in this hotel Baraka, had reserved some candy from local store last night to cover this.

Some pictures from my hotel room and around the hotel:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/16/2013 10:58 PM
I woke up again early and hoped to get breakfast as well in time, but no. It would be ready only at 08:00…

But instead of that I had a chance to see what was happening on the sky:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/15/2013 10:19 PM
Time to start moving again towards Finland. Well, towards Finland yes, but route is not going to be most direct one…

We started final packing just after 06:00, got Max & Alex up and breakfast 07:30 so we had good time to get last one in Sabah Pansiyon. Before that I had already packed pretty much everything to the bike and everything was ready.

Transport to the airport was waiting as agreed  08:15. I was following taxi to the airport and then continued on my own forward.

I had one special route part selected, some gravel roads over the near mountains, other than that all was going to be bigger or smaller paved roads.

On the way I noticed one other Turkish biker in front of me with Yamaha Tenere. When I went to refuel my GSA, this guy continued forward this road from Antalya to Alanya.

After refueling the my GSA I started heading to smaller and smaller roads which quite soon turned into these gravel roads which took me little over 1800 meter high mountain pass.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/1/2013 10:12 PM
Had really really lazy start for the day, just grabbed breakfast and waited news that my family had succeeded to get on the airplane in Helsinki and towards Istanbul where they would change to another flight to Antalya.

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