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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.

Today’s target was again...
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...