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Ilpo On The Road
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2016 9:35 PM
Today after driving the southern route my plan is to take me to northern option.

I found earlier on GPS log that the route I had planned took somebody two days to finish, but as it was less than 400km I thought that I will just do it in one day.

A bit earlier tan 08:00 I was ready to ride again after having my usual morning coffee.


Few kilometers out from the city and paved road ended.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2016 9:10 PM
I woke up before 07:00, a bit lazy morning to recover a bit from yesterday. My body was giving some unusual signs again that some extra activities has been done yesterday and everything was not back to normal.

Coffee is a good start, did not bother to make any other breakfast than that.


Than I managed to open my computer and saw some e-mails that needed my attention for a few hours.

Since room did not have a proper working desk, I made one of my own: I laid sideways the one (and only) chair and put blanket from bed over it to make it a bit softer. Worked pretty well I would say.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/27/2016 9:04 PM
Early morning again, almost everything was packed already yesterday and just needed to fill my water bags. For the first time I will now try how it feels to have 1.5L water in my back so that I can drink without getting off the bike.


By 06:30 I was ready again and started driving towards border crossing. It was quite chilly, just 10 degrees.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/26/2016 9:34 PM
Alarm went of at 05:30 on my phone and I started cooking some coffee water to get make up and running.

Morning looked really nice outside.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/25/2016 9:54 PM
Needed to wait until 07:00 before I got breakfast, while waiting for that I already had a coffee in a room as I woke up quite early.

While waiting I was charging all of my GoPro batteries as scenery should start be much more enjoyable than in the past few thousand kilometers.


Finally it was breakfast time again, this time it had changed a bit.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/24/2016 9:08 PM
Today I was not in a real hurry anywhere, had small breakfast at the hotel, did some planning for next day etc.


After breakfast I went to local telephone operator store and purchased local prepaid SIM card with unlimited data service and some phone calls as well for a month. I paid some 450RUB for this and seems to work just fine. What a relief finally not being so disconnected all the time. And in many places the internet is not that great either so now I can have my own connection when those fail.

For getting SIM card in Russia all you need is to take your passport with you and they...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/23/2016 9:37 PM
This time I really needed to wake up early as my checkout time was set to 07:00 due to me only paying for 12hrs at the hotel.

Not a big deal, managed to get two cups of coffee and I was ready to ride again.


I’m still in growing mode for a beard, let’s see how long this will last…


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/22/2016 9:44 PM
Woke up early again, by 06:00 I was pretty much ready and started thinking on how to get the bike out from garage. Garage door was locked and the guy who opened the door last night was nowhere to be seen.

Lady from the reception helped me to find this guy, he was still sleeping in a room on separate building and came out looking really sleepy… but eventually he got his eyes opened after having a cigarette and I got the bike out for packing.

By 07:00 I was ready to ride again.


After a while I decided to take a break and stopped to have coffee, something to eat and more importantly, to get water.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/21/2016 9:12 PM
Left Khromtau by 08:00 (time is there 2 hours ahead of Finland).


First break to drink was really in the middle of nowhere, cars were rarely coming towards me and landscape was really flat. Road was also quite boring good road, 100km straight, turn and another 100 km straight again. So to speak.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/20/2016 9:39 PM
Started early as I got good night sleep and by 07:00 I was already driving again. Before leaving made two cups of coffee for breakfast, dinner was still good enough for stomach otherwise so no need for anything else to get me started.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/19/2016 9:38 PM
Day started a bit lazy in Petteri’s place, took a morning coffee and some break in good time and by 09:00 I was riding again.

Petteri came out as well to see when I was leaving, bike was there on the parking place just fine.


This was now first day I was riding without a booked destination so end of the day I just need to find a place to stay.

Took a first break after riding quite a lot and of course out from nowhere there was some local coming to chat something and looking at the bike. Just managed to get something to drink and leaked extra out from me...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/18/2016 9:14 PM
In the morning did not bother to make any breakfast nor coffee, just woke up, packed and started moving forward by 7:30. Last night’s dinner was still too much on its way…


Road from Kiev to the border crossing was a known one as I have take this route already couple of times. Just one big boring road and in good condition as well.

Needed to get some fuel and also consume rest of my Ukrainian money and get full tank by paying rest by credit card. Of course this idea did not really work, they did not really understand what I was after and end result was that I...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/17/2016 8:25 PM
Just another lazy morning, decided to take it a bit easier after two long riding days.

Met Sergey and Victoria briefly after 09:00 and I finally left from Vik-Jan at 11:00. My bike was nicely parked behind the gates together with all firewood.


First half of the road was again in quite bad shape most of the way, but then started newly build highway. First and only stop was to get something to drink as weather for again getting hotter, over 30 degrees already on the way.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/16/2016 8:09 PM
I woke up really early, had some porridge and coffee for breakfast and by 07:00 I was already on the road.


Made two stops on the way to drink, weather was really nice 20-27 degrees all...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/15/2016 9:31 PM
Next part of the journey started early. Could not really sleep so I woke up at 06:00 and started packing again.

By 07:00 I took some of the stuff into bike and Ivan – the owner of  Apartmani Mare - came down as well.

Once I had finished packing we had an coffee together with his mom and also a group photo was in place.


I almost put rain suite on as well, but decided to see how it goes as I needed to take first break pretty soon to get more fuel.

Just before Split I took a break for fuel and see how weather is progressing. All around Split...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/7/2016 9:59 PM
Day started early again, got breakfast right after 07:00 and I was ready to ride by 07:45.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/6/2016 9:50 PM
It is starting to happen, later mornings. I woke up early and went down to  take some stuff already into bike and noticed that reception was totally empty at 07:00 and no breakfast waiting. Decided to take it easy and see closer to 08:00 what happens.


Just before 08:00 things started happening and I eventually got coffee, juice, warm croissant, bread and yoghurt. What more to expect before a riding day!


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/5/2016 9:20 PM
We still had seminar program until 12:00 so just before noon I was able to start again. Got everything packed before and after breakfast, just matter of jumping on to a bike.IMG_1766

Because of late start, I decided to take toll roads and just drive as I had many kilometers cover for this day. This became a real transit day through bigger roads. Needed to cover many kilometers on this and following day.

Had few stops just for a drink as it was quite hot, over 30 degrees.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/2/2016 7:25 PM
Easy start for the day, quickly just coffee and I was ready to ride again.

While packing the bike I noticed that one of the straps I use to tie the outer bags just snapped. This was one of those that got some beating back in 2010 in Tajikistan, but it managed to hold until now. New one was in the pocket so just switched that and all ok again.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/1/2016 8:57 PM
Got an early morning again and started planning for coming day and packing.


By 07:30 I had everything packed again. Checking out from the hostel was no go as there was nobody at the reception so I just dropped the keys back to the room and left.


By Ilpo Juvander on 5/31/2016 9:42 PM
Had an really early morning did not manage to sleep even until my phone started ringing 06:00.

After having my morning porridge in the room (there was no breakfast option in this place) I packed everything and by 07:30 I was ready to ride again.


By Ilpo Juvander on 5/30/2016 9:02 PM
Day started early again, woke up after 05:00 already and started planning for the coming day.

Had an early breakfast, not many others were there yet.


Managed to work a bit as well, had a one conference call with a colleague to guide him into right direction on how to finish tasks during my absence.

After that final packing, filled water bag downstairs from the restaurant and I was ready to ride again by 08:30.


By Ilpo Juvander on 5/29/2016 9:30 PM
Woke up early to plan for next day and also to check the bike as yesterday I was feeling that tires were not on their best grip.

Old guy from the reception was still sleeping in a reception coach in his underwear and was just telling multiple times that ‘breakfast eight o’clock’. Well, I was not after the breakfast but to get bike out from garage!


By Ilpo Juvander on 5/28/2016 9:04 PM
Got everything packed on the previous day – finally – and was just waiting for the morning to see how early I would wake up. At 04:14 I was already up and planning for the coming day. I was not able to book a morning ferry, both of them were already booked so I needed to take 13:30 ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn.

Not too bad, I got some time to rethink how to pack everything and it was really needed as well.

And I got also something to eat before leaving from home.


By noon I was ready and started driving towards ferry. Some...
By Ilpo Juvander on 4/17/2016 4:08 PM
Started digging into more details for my coming summer and right now it looks like I’m heading first to Spain and then directly from there to Mongolia without driving through Finland.

This allows me some more flexibility into my timetable, but I must also plan what I will take with me when I leave from Finland.

Mileage will be so huge (almost 30tkm) that I will need to carry spare tires with me as well. Not that it would be first time for doing that:


Roughly the route looks like this now. Not every detail in there as Google Maps does not route through all roads I want and I’m not...
By Ilpo Juvander on 3/20/2016 1:39 PM
This summer is going to be celebration summer, I have been doing 10 years these longer motorcycle trips.

So this time need to have something to remember and the plan is to visit Mongolia.


Some >15 000 km of road waiting for me!

Will take my GSA for the trip and planning has now started. Need to plan the route in more detail and I’m trying to void the main roads I have driven before.

First gears already ordered – new set of tires. Will try Heidenau K60 Scout how they perform on my usage.

Next one to think of is cooking, will need to see if my old trangia will be on this trip or if...
By Ilpo Juvander on 10/21/2015 10:38 AM
I finally made my mind and moved away from Windows 10.

Had too many issues with it: Too slow, crashing apps, apps not working like they used to did with Windows 8.1 and cherry on top the OneDrive integration which works just so much better on Windows 8.1.

Last piece for this decision was that Microsoft is planning to show ads on Windows 10! Not something that I want to see on my desktop!

So now my main working environment consists from two computers:

iMac 27”, an older model (mid 2010) but it has 16GB of memory and 1TB hard drive, totally capable of running 2-3VMWare images simultaneously. Speed is not 100% there, I will use this now for couple of weeks and see if I need to upgrade this one into a newer model. I have also connected into this one an external display (HP Compaq LA2405wg), I was hoping to connect two but only one connector… MacBook Pro 13”, not an new one either (late 2013) together with one external display (HP Compaq LA5405wg). Has same 16GB memory and 1TB SSD...
By Ilpo Juvander on 9/23/2015 11:00 AM
As 2015 summer is already over, I’m starting to think what to do on 2016.

I have visited many countries and places with my BMW and since this summer is 10th time I’m going somewhere with my bike I believe it is time to try something different.

In my garage I currently have BMW R1200GSA, KTM 500 EXC and KTM 690 SMC R and as a though I started thinking taking one of those KTM’s out.

KTM 500 EXC has a bit too short service interval, but others have done it so why not me? Going with this bike would certainly open up totally new roads compared to going with BMW, like this one:


KTM 690 SMC R would also be an option, but as that is more of a *street* bike that might be too _boring_ trip.

By Ilpo Juvander on 9/2/2015 7:56 AM
When looking at Hotel Price Index and it’s numbers from Finland I cannot stop wondering how these all can be so expensive? And all of these very much on same level?

Helsinki: 114€ Jyväskylä: 105€ Oulu: 106€ Turku: 110€ Vaasa: 110€ Maarianhamina: 134€ Rovaniemi: 107€ Lahti: 85€ During my travels across Europe I have always found cheaper options even in bigger cities. This year’s trip to Malta average price per night on hotels was 44€ and all of them included breakfast, some of them even for two especially on the way back when Max was with me.

In Finland you cannot really travel this cheap and lucky for me I’m not doing that! And not planning to do that either, not with these prices on the table.

Even going to Tallinn will drop the prices back to _normal_ level where one can easily find a place to sleep with 25€ and when paying 10€-15€ more breakfast is also included.

In Helsinki cheapest option today is 79,90€ per night...
By Ilpo Juvander on 8/28/2015 8:55 AM
I have now played with Windows 10 on my desktop for a week and I’m quite ready to move back to Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7.


From what I have experienced the performance of Windows 10 is not where it was on this machine with Windows 8.1. Seems like there is an issue with I/O or how it’s being handled, my mouse freezes too much when lots of applications are open and busy doing stuff in the background.

I also have lots of issues with plain Microsoft tools like Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus I’m using.

Microsoft Office tools like Excel have had feature on Windows 8.1 that when right clicking program in Task Bar it has shown pinned and recent items list. This list has pretty much gone on Windows 10. Or it works, but only...
By Ilpo Juvander on 8/3/2015 8:36 PM
I have come to a point where I have decided to get rid of my BMW K1200LT. It has served me well for the past 86tkm/9 years but I really have had too little driving with in the last 4 years - only 5tkm – so moving forward. Somebody will get a good bike out from this.


And of course, this time I want something totally different.

First I put my eyes on BMW F800R. Nice bike, a bit heavy (202kg) but main issue I had with this one was the fact that it’s suspension did not feel right. Seemed like the front and rear were from two different bikes.