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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/8/2019 9:59 PM
Breakfast was set to start at 7:30, but I finished work a bit late so just before 08:00 headed towards breakfast.

And what a selection of everything there was, lots of small things just waiting to be tasted!

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/7/2019 10:22 PM
Had an excellent breakfast so day was all set to go.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/6/2019 8:32 PM
Had breakfast at 08:00 when it started, as good as I remembered it from the previous visit to Hotel Saol.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/5/2019 8:17 PM
Had an really early morning, woke up 06:00 and breakfast already 06:30.

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Breakfast really nice, now as a new thing even some fresh juice they made there on the spot.

Once work was again done I rushed out from Warsaw as it was about to start raining and it looked that way pretty much all day. I needed to take fastest route as for some reason my navigator was not willing to import my planned route… but this was ok as this way I probably managed not to get wet!

Had one stop for fuel and coffee on the way, other than that just drove.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/4/2019 8:57 PM
Woke up early to do some work and went to have breakfast by 7:00.

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Breakfast was just fine in this Hotel Centro, just enough to get day started.

After the breakfast continued work and after that started packing.

Some pictures from the hotel room window:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2017 9:00 PM
Had on lazy morning, breakfast in Tampere Maja was about to start only at 08:00.

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Breakfast was just fine, some bread, porridge, juice and EXCELLENT COFFEE! Finally! I have really missed good Finnish style of filtered...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/23/2017 10:05 PM
Once I woke up started thinking about the route for today and tomorrow. I still have the option of going through Tallinn or via St. Petersburg and I decided that final decision is done based on how the driving feels today. St. Petersburg route would almost for sure mean one more night compared to Tallinn option.

Was downstairs bat 07:00 for breakfast, couple of other quests there as well.

Breakfast was just perfect, would make me drive all day long with this.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/22/2017 9:52 PM
Took a bit slower morning, breakfast only at 08:00.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/21/2017 10:09 PM
Had a really fast breakfast at the hotel and then rushed to the tour start place with a taxi.

From Kiev to Chernobyl area it is about 1,5 hour drive.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/20/2017 9:13 PM
Went to breakfast pretty soon after 07:00, at least I had been awake already for quite some time.

Breakfast was as good as before, lots of different food:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/19/2017 9:10 PM
We had an early start due to long day ahead.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/18/2017 9:58 PM
Room was quite big in here, but missing a desk where to do some work. For that needed to go downstairs and wait for breakfast to start at 08:00. This day was going have a late start.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/17/2017 9:16 PM
Breakfast was agreed to be 07:00 and right after that we went down. Day looked really nice outside.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/16/2017 9:45 PM
We had agreed to have breakfast at 07:00 and once we walked down there was like half done. Hot water and juice ready, marmalade and butter on table but no bread.

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But after a while lady came and handed over to us the bread as well and some cheese & sausage as well. Good to go.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/15/2017 10:09 PM
We had set alarm to wake us up at 06:00, had a slow breakfast and then packed rest of the stuff.

Went to load bike with some packages already and found this on the way:

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Turned out that this man came from a 4-day wedding and had slept there whole night… and slept until just before we left…

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/6/2017 10:14 PM
Woke up early and while waiting for breakfast to be served at 07:00 checked how fast the internet connection was here in hotel Komovi. Quite good result for a hotel!

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Restaurant was totally empty when I got down, needed to wait a bit and search after someone from the reception.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/5/2017 9:34 PM
Day started at 07:00 with an omelet breakfast which was prepared just on time.

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I was not in a hurry on today, so had an lazy morning and left just before 10:00. Day was looking to be really nice.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/4/2017 9:18 PM
Breakfast was nicely ready as agreed when I got down from my room at 07:00. Nothing big, but for the price of this place just enough!

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Some wires just outside of balcony, to hang some laundry for drying??

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/3/2017 9:02 PM
Breakfast was about to start by 07:00 and I almost slept too late! Was right after seven downstairs and again – first one to arrive. Even the lights were not on.

Had quite a nice breakfast, nothing fancy but everything needed to wake me up. Coffee was just excellent, just on my taste.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/1/2017 10:24 PM
Had an early breakfast at 06:30, was second one over there.

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Breakfast at Ibis Warszawa Centrum is not that good as it used to be, not bad either but selection has been cut down. Also internet connection is really poor nowadays, not really...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/30/2017 9:14 PM
Woke up something like 04:30 in the morning and started thinking what to do next. Decided to make a call to Eurooppalainen Emergency Service for address where it would be most simple to get treatment and got an address in Warsaw to go to.

So plan was then to head towards Warsaw which was only some 200 km away from Bialystok.

Breakfast was served starting from 07:00 in Gościnna Kamienica and had something to eat. Not feeling very hungry after eating that big monster tortilla last evening.

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After breakfast just enjoyed my time in the room relaxing.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2017 10:03 PM
Breakfast at Hotel Gustavs was starting pretty late, 08:00. They did have breakfast room and check-out in the same building so no morning walk needed.

Breakfast was fine, nothing fancy but just enough normal bread, eggs, juice and coffee.

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Rooms in this hotel are all different. Mine had separate bedroom and a living room.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2017 5:46 AM
Once I woke up I checked latest ferry ticket prices over to Tallinn and discovered that 10:30 ferry was some 74€ and 13:30 was only 28€ so easy decision was made and I was in no hurry anymore.

Went early to the garage to finish packing the bike, did not have enough time to do that yesterday and take bike to home. I did have everything already packed back at home, now just some final tuning of them.

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There had been some news that they would check more carefully everybody’s travel documents in the harbor so I left even earlier than usually and still there...
By Ilpo Juvander on 5/31/2017 2:39 PM
Nothing special on the morning, just lazy breakfast before ferry got to Helsinki at 10:15.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/30/2017 8:42 PM
Even after a long day yesterday, I slept only some 5 hours and woke up before 06:00. Best Western Malmö Arena Hotel was a good one as it had water boiler in the room with two coffee portions as well so got my first dose of coffee without need to bring my own cooker.

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Room in this hotel was pretty nice, view from this first floor room I got could have been a bit better, but was not going spend my time there looking outside so not bothering me.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/29/2017 10:49 PM
Woke up early, by 06:30 having this really good breakfast:

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Soon after that all things packed and ready to ride by 08:00.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/28/2017 8:08 PM
After spending few days in the conference, it was soon about time to go back to Finland again.

Before that lot of things happened, including giving some more oil for the bike. It seems to drop few drops from somewhere…

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/24/2017 8:11 PM
Was at breakfast by 07:00, couple of others there as well, but still quiet after all.

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Room at Ibis as it has been, a bit weird concept but clean and works very well when travelling alone.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/23/2017 9:04 PM
Woke up early again in Hotel Aristo, room was really great spacious one that they upgraded me into. Of course I spread all of my stuff everywhere so that I can easily find them.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/22/2017 9:25 PM
My room at Hotel Kaiserrast was not best possible, small one person room and it was a bit smelly as well, not cleaned well enough. But managed to get a good night sleep so everything ok in that sense.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/21/2017 8:04 PM
 

 

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Woke up early again and went to breakfast right after 07:00. Again, nobody else was there yet.

Breakfast at Hotel Fryderyk was just as good as they advertised, no complaints!

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/20/2017 9:13 PM
Had my alarm set to wake me up at 06:30, but as I had turned on the one I have normally on it did not fire due to the fact that it was for workdays only… so almost overslept and was at breafast at 7:15…

Had an excellent breakfast again, will take me through the day just fine.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/19/2017 8:55 PM
Did not sleep much either on this day so woke up fully early and was among the first ones to get breakfast at 07:00. Good start for the day, breakfast was just great.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/17/2017 8:38 PM
Finally day came that I got my GSA out from garage again! Long waited summer (?) is here again!

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By 09:00 I had everything packed and once I got out Tommi came as well to take picture from me leaving.

Was going to take it easy riding today, headed first to Vaalimaa border crossing and got actually quite fast through (less than an hour).

Next stop was Vyborg to get some Russian rubles and also fuel the bike.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 2/19/2017 10:50 AM
I have been throwing ideas in the air now for few months that what the coming summer would bring everything from Dakar, Spain, Balkans, Central Asia to Bali and after yesterday I think the decision has now been formulated.

First things first:

Estonia Winter Rally 3.3. – 5.3.2017. Just a short break to Estonia and back with GSA ‘Etelä-Suomen Ruosteenpoisto’ 12.5. – 14.5.2017. This is THE trip to Estonia (again!) with KTM 500 EXC just for fun DNNConnect in Spain 25.5. – 28.5.2017. For this I will make a bit more detailed plan, but looks like I’m going through Russia and Ukraine on the way and then head pretty much straight to back as I need to be on following weekend back in Finland. This years main motorcycle event will be Trip to the  Balkans.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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 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:

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

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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 7/29/2015 8:43 PM
Got Max up a bit earlier since we needed to be on the road right after 08:00 so that we get into ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki.

Breakfast was normal bread, coffee and yoghurt – lots of coffee to get day started.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/28/2015 8:26 PM
Day started with excellent breakfast, will take through the day easily.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/26/2015 8:37 PM
Started day with a proper (!) breakfast, finally some real coffee as well. I have so much missed coffee during the Italy the days, there they just don’t know how to make coffee. And got some real bread and not some sweet cakes for breakfast. What a relief.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/25/2015 9:33 PM
Had a very small sweet breakfast in the café, could have been better.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2015 8:07 PM
Had an excellent breakfast (well, if you can call Italian breakfast excellent, but best in Italy so far) and started packing again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/23/2015 8:17 PM
Morning start took a bit longer as my route planning was in troubles. I was trying to find a place from Rome, but failed to find any proper one so needed to expand the zone. And after driving in Naples, I thought that it might not be that nice to drive in the traffic there when temperature was still a lot over 30 degrees.

Italy is a tough place to find decent hotel with good (secure) parking for motorbike, but finally I managed to find a place from Spoleto which is a bit further from Rome but still along the route towards Finland.

After this woke up Max and headed to breakfast.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/22/2015 8:22 PM
Had quite a good breakfast in Hotel Alhambra, almost typical Italian.

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By 09:30 we had packed our stuff and on the road again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/21/2015 8:11 PM
Day started really early, wakeup at 02:30 after sleeping only couple of hours. Quickly some sandwich and water, shower, final packing and then to get Max up as well.

At 03:00 we were outside of For Rest Aparthotel packing the bike and 03:15 we started driving towards ferry port in Valletta. Ferry was scheduled to leave at 05:00 and we made it easily.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/20/2015 9:42 PM
All good things must come to an end and so is this one. On last day we let Max sleep quite late as next night was going to be very short.

Got some swimming still for the day before starting packing.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/19/2015 9:30 PM
These days were full of everything, eating well, sleeping late, swimming, boat cruise to nearby island, bus trips to nearby towns, speedboat trip, lots of walking (on average 11km per day) etc. etc.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/13/2015 9:33 PM
This was my day off in Malta as my wife and son were to arrive later on in the evening.

After having some porridge for breakfast I decided to take a drive around the island. Did not take until first stop when I saw another motorbike approaching which turned out to be one Latvian guy living in Malta with his wife and a dog.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/12/2015 8:40 PM
Believe it or not, but as I went downstairs to get breakfast as agreed 08:30 in Hotel Siciania, it was already there waiting for me.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/11/2015 7:11 PM
Had an lazy morning due to the fact that check-in into my next hotel was going to be earliest at 17:00. So slow breakfast was in the program.

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Little before 10:00 I was ready again and all packed towards Villa San Giovanni which is where the ferry leaves towards Sicily.

Got the ticket from the ticket office few hundred meters before the dock and then waited for ferry to arrive. Ferry goes every 40 minutes and crossing takes about 20 minutes.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/10/2015 8:52 PM
Had an later breakfast than usual as at Il Giardino Delle Sete the owners were either not waking up that early. But this was quite fine by me, I had still plenty of hours left for the day.

Again, nobody else at the breakfast with me. I seem to book the small places just for me!

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/9/2015 8:11 PM
Day started with a small breakfast at 08:00.

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I was not in any hurry since this was may day off from riding. For the morning I had to go to the harbor to pick up a ferry ticket I had booked earlier to travel from Vlorë to Brindisi. I chose this line because it was running during daytime and was relatively short in time, only 4,5 hours travel time.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/8/2015 9:37 PM
Had a pretty good breakfast at Hotel Evropa without any hurry.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/7/2015 8:38 PM
Day started with a small breakfast that the Hotel San’s receptionist created. Some bread, scrambled eggs with cheese, coffee and juice. Just enough to get my eyes open.

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And again, nobody else at the breakfast, even the lights were not on.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/6/2015 7:40 PM
Needed to wait a bit longer for the breakfast, bread delivery was a bit late there. But eventually bread came and had something to eat and not just plain coffee that was served earlier.

 

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While waiting for the breakfast, owner of this place came to talk to us and told that they are growing all salads and others in their greenhouse so everything they make is home made and fresh. And food was indeed quite good over there.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/5/2015 7:39 PM
Had a small breakfast, nothing fancy but again got me started. Lots of other people there as well.

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After this I packed all the stuff and drove short 100m to the reception to pay for the room....
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/4/2015 8:34 PM
Got small breakfast from the hotel, nothing fancy but enough to get me started for the day.

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During the morning next route had been drafted and theme – again – would be small and even smaller roads.

By 09:30 I was ready to leave after packing all the stuff. Bike was resting in direct sunlight when I got out, had to move that to a shade to pack the bike.

After getting out from the city I got into smaller roads and rest of the Croatian side was this type of roads:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/3/2015 8:34 PM
Day started with a small breakfast gathering, there were two groups with bicycles having breakfast at the same. One group was from Germany and other was from Denmark.

After having breakfast quick packing and driving started again.

Shortly after I had left I noticed that route on my navigator was not exactly the one I had planned. It was trying to take me through highways which I try to void, but after manually navigating to smaller roads again I managed to pass those big ones.

Navigator is still a big new to me and it somehow looks like it is still trying to route me through for example toll roads which I have set not to go there. Need to investigate this a bit further on better time.

These small roads took me through lots of villages, forests and other country side, really excellent route again.

Managed to take one break to drink after driving 200 km. Water consumption is getting higher and higher, temperature was now around 34 degrees and I was sweating a lot. It will take few more days to get used to this type of weather.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/2/2015 9:51 PM
Breakfast at Hotel Saol started only at 08:00 so went there sharply on time to get something to eat. Nobody else was yet there.

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By 09:30 I had checked out from the hotel and started driving...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/1/2015 8:39 PM
Had an lazy morning, woke up early but had breakfast only after 07:00 and then had even lazier startup for the day.

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By 09:00 I had packed everything and was On The Road Again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/30/2015 8:03 PM
I had agreed yesterday with the receptionist that I would like to have breakfast 07:00 in the morning and once I had packed all my stuff went to see if it was there or not and everything was ready.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2015 9:38 PM
Time to start this years summer trip. Wakeup time was 05:00 in the morning and as I has pretty much everything packed I was not in any hurry this time – or so I though.

Just as I was about to leave and put my luggage into my motorbike, I could not find the key for it! Then I remembered that last night I was putting some stuff to the bike and I had probably left the key into my trousers pocket. And Anne just turned on the washing machine with my trousers in there. But after 10 minutes waiting to get all the water out and door opened, key was found and this time it was clean as well.

So after this incident, bike finally packed and ready to go.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/27/2015 9:41 AM

It is that time of the year again that my GSA will head to south.

For all of you interested in following where I’m going, here is the SPOT link: https://spottracking.azurewebsites.net/SPOT/Map.html?q=Summer2015

Link will be active when I leave on Monday morning.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/22/2015 4:33 PM
Took really long to decide where to go, but it looks like things are now getting ready for decision making.

Will leave from Finland end of this or early next week, depending when I get the flight for Anne. Destination for the trip will be an surprise for Anne, will let her know only a day or two before where to fly and when.

This holiday trip will take some 4 weeks before I’m back in Finland again.

Now starts packing and planning again, I have pretty firm list already that I just go through so this is a fast one – and most of the stuff is already on the bike from my work trip to France… just need to decide which tires to put on rear as I still have the poor TKC70 and I will get some 10 000km driving for this trip. Bike is already serviced and ready to go otherwise.

Anne will need to take the helmet with her as well so we can move around a bit more freely and do not need to rent a car over there but use my motorbike instead.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/5/2015 6:45 PM
Woke up early and managed to get breakfast already before 08:00 so pretty soon after 08:00 I was on the road again driving towards Tallinn.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/4/2015 9:00 PM
This day was going to be a long one, so breakfast at 06:30 and right after 07:00 I was on the road again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/3/2015 11:55 PM
This day was all about transit back to Finland. I had set the target to drive to Warsaw on this day and as there was too many kilometers my choice of road was autobahn.

Yesterday was a working day again, had a customer visit in the area and did also some other stuff. But now I was riding again.

So by 7:30 I had my breakfast, checked out from the Hotel garni Käferstein and back on the road again. This hotel was actually very nice place, not much services around it but hotel staff was very friendly and keen on keeping guests happy. Will for sure visit there again when in the area.

I had two stops on the way, both of them to refuel the bike.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/1/2015 8:04 PM
Hotel Ibis in Dole was nothing special, normal French breakfast, clean simple room so easy to wake up, eat small breakfast and start moving forward.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/31/2015 8:59 PM
All things must come to an end and so was this event. Attended last part of it in the morning and then it was time to move forward.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/28/2015 9:01 PM
Day started early again and I noticed in the morning that Hôtel Restaurant les Platanes had still heating on. All of the other hotels so far heating had been already switched off.

Had a quick breakfast and checked bike.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/27/2015 6:44 PM
Got an early wake up, quick checking the bike and to the breakfast.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/26/2015 8:40 PM
As I woke up, it was raining a lot! Wasn’t that happy with that, but what can one do…

Had small breakfast in Hotel Beer before packing.

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Breakfast room had some interesting decorations.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/25/2015 9:12 PM
Woke up early, I was still kind of in Finnish time. Bike was still in there so everything was ok and went to have breakfast.

After breakfast needed to pay last evening dinner. Person who was in the hotel Alpin Avion’s restaurant did not know how to pay with credit card so we agreed that I pay this morning.

Now there was a person available who said that credit card is not an option, cash only. And I had no local currency… but then he added that euro is one option as well so problem solved.

At 08:00 I was on the road again, took bigger roads in the beginning and after some 150km took a stop to refuel and check tire pressures once again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/24/2015 10:56 PM
Day started early by bike check and it was still there.

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Breakfast was as good as before at hotel Ibis Warszawa Centrum.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/23/2015 10:27 PM
Morning started early, had good time to pack everything before breakfast and even put everything on to bike as well. Bike was found where I left it, in the garage.

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Other bike that was there last night was already gone.

Right after 08:00 got small breakfast, just enough to get me started.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/22/2015 10:10 PM
This time decided to take a bit different approach when leaving from Finland. Usually I have been driving one really long day to somewhere, but now I left with 13:30 ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn and was about to drive only few hundred kilometers.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/18/2015 10:18 AM
On this Friday I will start the European tour. This time not (all) for fun, but for work.

I could do this by flying as well, but as I really hate flying I will instead take my BMW out from garage and On The Road Again!

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By Ilpo Juvander on 3/5/2015 10:32 AM
Tomorrow starts this year’s first motorbike trip to south, all the way to Estonia and Estonia Winter XXIII.

Finally got the ferry tickets booked as well, some issues on Tallink’s web booking as there is no option to book 1 adult, 1 child and two vehicles. After complaining – again – on this I got a call from Tallink’s customer service and they made the booking for me.

Now I just have to decide which bike to take: GSA or KTM. I already gave GSA license plate number when making the ferry booking so I guess that is the transportation method then.

New set of tires arriving – hopefully – today, so I can get fresh set of TKC80 under my GSA. If not, I might then take the KTM instead as it has real winter tires with spikes.

Last 8 km to the venue Mustjõe Kõrtsitalu might be a bit challenging with summer tires, but hopefully not too bad.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/26/2014 7:28 PM
Had a small breakfast as I had reserved a ferry ticket with an entry to Business Lounge where I would get proper lunch. This has become a tradition, my last treat before getting back home after these holiday trips.

By 08:00 I was on the road and heading towards Tallinn. Did not stop even once on the way, just drove the 317 km to the harbor with a small detour to get some drinks.

I got well on time to the ferry, few other bikes were there as well, coming from an weekend biker meeting in Estonia.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/25/2014 7:09 PM
I woke up quite early so I used the time before breakfast to find a hotel for one more night. I had also some drying to be done, my socks were not completely dry after a wash last night but I had a dryer in the room as well.

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Quick check that bike is there before the breakfast.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2014 9:51 PM
Day started with an excellent breakfast downstairs, there was even dark break available.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/22/2014 10:03 PM
For this day I had nothing special planned. Biggest issue was to find a cheap hotel in Switzerland as it was looking quite expensive. But after breakfast I made the decision and finalized the route for today.

My bike is starting to look like it would need a wash. Usually I have been washing the bike during these journeys at least once, but now I have not done that.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/21/2014 9:24 PM
Breakfast started earlier here so just after 07:00 I was eating again and just after 08:00 I was on the road again.

Picture of usual breakfast that takes me through the day until dinner. I normally don’t have anything to eat during the day, just water to drink.

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Today’s route started with a bigger road I had already driven few times, but quite soon I headed to smaller roads that went through really nice forests.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/20/2014 9:06 PM
I had a bit slow morning as breakfast was served only starting from 08:00 but it was worth waiting for. Not any buffet breakfast, but coffee, bread and other usual stuff. So just before 09:00 I was ready to ride again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/19/2014 10:33 PM
After a day off from driving it was time to move forward again. We decided to split with Janne and continue on our own again as we had a bit different kind of routes planned.

After breakfast quick packing and at 08:30 I was ready to drive. Janne was left behind.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/18/2014 8:38 PM
This day was going to be an free one from driving, just relaxing and waiting all clothes to be dry. Started with breakfast, although we did not have any breakfast from Hotel Las Rampas, we went to the hotel breakfast, paid few euro’s and got really nice buffet breakfast.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/17/2014 11:37 AM
For this day we had an early morning due to border crossing from Morocco to Ceuta. By 06:30 we were checking if there is any breakfast which was a bit missing…

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/16/2014 9:34 PM
Had a bit lazy morning, recovery operation from yesterdays drive was still on-going…

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While waiting breakfast there was good time to do some maintenance work: new break pads for Janne.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/15/2014 8:49 PM
Had a bit lazy morning as we had some ideas about keeping resting day and some camel riding. Both of these were abandoned during the morning: Camel’s were not available so we decided to move forward.

Breakfast was normal, coffee, bread and some unknown stuff.

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Few more pictures during the morning from kasbah.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/14/2014 8:54 PM
As we did not have any breakfast available in due to Ramadan, we just checked out from the hotel and started to take bikes out from the garage.

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A note on the Morocco’s way of hanging shower tap.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/13/2014 9:10 PM
Wake up came at 05:00 in the morning and at 5:30 I was all ready and packing stuff into bike. I had parked my bike on previous night just in front of Hotel Alay reception.

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After driving some 20 minutes I was just before 06:00 in our meeting point in Fuengirola waiting for Janne to arrive.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/12/2014 9:26 PM
For the morning activities had nothing really special, just taking it easy after breakfast and packing all the stuff.

At 11:30 we were ready, checked out from the Hostal Cuevas and started driving towards Benalmadena.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/10/2014 9:35 PM
After breakfast we just relaxed in the hotel room. Not in any hurry to get moving towards Fuengirola as we were so close already, only some 65 km drive was waiting for us.

Closer to noon we finally made it to the bike.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/8/2014 8:03 PM
Again we were not in any hurry as driving waiting for us when leaving from Chipiona was going to be only couple of hours. We had this small breakfast in the hotel and then started packing.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/6/2014 11:33 PM
We were not in a hurry to leave Seville and take a short drive to Chipiona. Finally before 11:00 we were ready and started driving out from the city.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/4/2014 8:42 PM
This was the start of next phase of our journey, taking GSA and driving over to Seville. All needed stuff packed to bike, rest was left into Hotel Alay in a suitcase waiting for us to come back next week.

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Planned route was taking us through some smaller roads towards Seville. On the way hit 90000 km on the GSA:

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/2/2014 9:51 PM
These days were mostly just relaxing, lots of walking, some shopping and eating well.

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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.

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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 6/10/2014 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.

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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...
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 7/16/2013 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 7/1/2013 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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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/30/2013 7:00 PM
This was a lazy start for the day although I woke up early and had breakfast as well.

Left hotel Pamukkale around 10:00 and started riding towards Antalya. Nothing special planned for this day except to get into Antalya early to see the place where we would spend the next two weeks.

Did not stop on the way, just rode through fastest route that my Zumo 660 was showing. And some three hours later I was in Antalya.

To find hotel was not that easy, Kaleici – Antalya’s Old Town – had really complex roads and took few trials to find the hotel. My GPS was totally lost when driving these tiny streets between houses, but eventually I did find the correct place, got my GSA parked and to the Ninova Pension.



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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2013 10:20 PM
Day started early again, I woke up way before breakfast time and had everything packed and ready to be carried to bike before I got something to eat.

After having breakfast I quickly carried everything to the bike and paid hotel, we were set with Stefan to 08:00 ferry from Eceabat to Canakkale on Asia side of Turkey.

Stefan also showed up as agreed, but he has second thoughts on which route to take to Istanbul and he had decided not to take the ferry but instead drive there directly. So it was time for us to say good bye and hope to see again somewhere.

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So I headed to ferry alone and got there just on time after riding some 100 m or so, ticket was 10 TL for the bike and me.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2013 10:14 PM
This was they day to start transit towards Antalya, Turkey. Not much smaller roads planned as I decided to skip Macedonian gravels roads and try what happens on Turkey border. On 2011 we got speeding ticket which we were not able to pay at the time. So just in case, head to the border on Friday after noon, if there are any issues I could still take care of them in good time.

At first I thought that this was my whole breakfast in hotel Villa Diamond, Bitola.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/27/2013 10:11 PM
Had my doubts how this morning would go at the hotel when I got to the breakfast. Same guy was not working there in the morning with whom I agreed the hotel price and it looked like there was nobody else at the breakfast either, so again I was the only guest in the house…

But no worries, I got breakfast and when I was leaving got also to pay the room and dinner and price was agreed. I had even my water bag filled with really cold water from their tap in the bar. Excellent!

Next thing was to find fuel. First fuel station I went did not have any fuel, only coffee available. Next one had, but card was no-go, so needed to bargaining. Finally got the price agreed that I would get 25 liters with 30€ and I was ready to go.

Day started with 100km excellent curvy mountain road with newly done asphalt on it.

And then it started again. The Road.

In the very beginning I had my first occasion to take out my tools, right side mirror got loose again (last time this happened in Georgia 2011…)....
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/26/2013 10:10 PM
Got an early breakfast, packed bike and on the road again.

I headed through mountains again, really small nice paved road running through very green forest area. Yes, videos will follow soon…

It was about 80 km in two hours and I reached small border crossing Vermosh to Albania in the north. Border activities went smoothly, there was nobody else at the border when I arrived.

On Albania side road started as gravel road, but soon turned into paved one which was full of dust, sand and rocks. Needed to be extra careful while driving.

And this ended very soon as well and then started some really bad road which lasted some 60 km and it took almost three hours to ride this through. And this was the main road out from this area… Not much other traffic came across or needed to pass by.

After this I should have had my first special route, but beginning of it looked really too small for me to ride alone so after thinking two seconds I decided to skip it and go via bigger roads to next one.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/25/2013 9:05 PM
I woke up really early, 05:00 local time as my mind is still on Finnish time zone… And I figured this out when I went to pickup my bike from garage at 05:30 and wondering why everything is so quiet…

Anyhow, got breakfast right after 06:00 – a good one in this Hotel Elegance – and I was again ready for the road.

Checkout from the hotel tool longer than expected. Receptionist started asking where I was going and once she figured that out there was all the information from the route I was taking. I was glad that some of those roads that she mentioned was already on my plan, good to hear from someone local where to go!

But finally I was out from hotel and started driving towards Montenegro.

Did not take that long until it became obvious that this day was going to be an rainy one, so just after I got out from the city, rain gears on . Well, what can you do: When it rains, then you just drive in the rain.

Could be better.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/24/2013 9:59 PM
This was an early morning for me, weather forecast was promising some 39 degrees for this day so better to take it early in order to be able to drive at least some hours in better temperatures.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/22/2013 10:51 PM
I was leaving from Hotel Bratislava a bit later, my recovery operation from yesterdays drive was still on-going… but packing started quite early and I found my bike in same place & condition as I left it.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/21/2013 10:34 PM
I could barely sleep during the night as I was waiting already when to get On The Road again!

But morning came and I was carrying rest of the stuff into the bike while waiting Harri to arrive.

We took off 08:00 in the morning and headed towards Vaalimaa using almost direct route, except one detour at the end to see this last bits of Kuninkaantie between Hamina and Vaalimaa.

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At Vaalimaa border on Russian side we also witnessed a car crash: One Russian car jumped not once, twice but three times to another Russian car and then everything was totally...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/19/2013 9:01 PM

All packing and preparations are now over, next is few hours of sleep and in the morning 08:00 is the start of this Adventure.

I will be having companion GSA rider to escort me for few hundred kilometers through Russian, but most of the journey it will be just me and my GSA.

Next entry from Kiev, Ukraine.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/18/2013 9:52 PM
Almost managed to pack everything into bike, some small adjustments but pretty much all I was planning to take with me is going to fit.

Compared to last year, this time I need to take camping gears as well. There are couple of days when I'm in the areas where it would be really hard to find any hotel so I have now a backup.

Tomorrow I will still need to pack my so called hotel bag which has all the needed stuff for that purpose and also finalize rest of the smaller ones like snacks, video equipment etc.

First leg looks like this, some 1900...
By Ilpo Juvander on 4/2/2013 7:40 PM
Took longer than usually to sort target for coming summer.

But as flights for my family have now been booked, I just have to sort out which route to take…

As I really hate flying and I try to void ferries as well, only real option is to take the eastern route option – again.

Currently thinking about driving through Russian to Ukraine, some 2000 km transit phase in two days or so.

Then explore some mountain area in the western part of Ukraine, then move quickly to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo. From there explore again mountains and smaller roads in Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia before final transit towards Antalya to meet my family for two weeks.

Route to Antalya is going to be some 6000 km.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/26/2012 10:40 PM
This day was going to be a boring ride back to home, just another transit through Baltic countries.

Just before 8 o’clock I started driving towards Tallinn and the ferry to Finland.

After driving 672 km in 7 hours I finally arrived in Tallinn. I did just one stop for fuel on the way.

In Tallinn I was also doing some shopping, some drinks to bring back home:

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While waiting the ferry there were also quite many other bikers going to Finland as well.

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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 6/19/2012 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 1/14/2012 6:02 PM
As a series of post and things to clear out, collection of visa requirements for possible countries to visit from citizen of Finland point of view.

Morocco No visa required for tourist trips.

Finland has official representation in the country: http://www.finlande.ma.

Mauritania Visa is required and can be acquired through French embassy in Helsinki: http://www.ambafrance-fi.org.

Finland has no representation in the country, closest one is in Abuja, Nigeria.

Senegal No visa required for tourist trips.

Finland has no representation in the country, but embassy of Sweden in Dakar...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/23/2011 8:53 AM
Day started early again, quick packing and as I was totally full from yesterdays late dinner, no breakfast at the hotel.

When checking out there started this man at the reception mumbling something and once I got paid, he started dragging me out to the bike and with the bike forward.

Then it hit me: They had been during the night watching the bike that it was so dirty, that it needed a wash! There was other man outside washing cars so he took me there with the bike and immediately he started getting the insects out (there was plenty of those from last evenings ride!).

Bike did not come totally clean, but better as all the mud went pretty much away so now it is better looking when coming back to Europe.

After wash, refuel and 1L of juice down the throat as breakfast.

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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 2/2/2010 10:00 PM
So the plan is, that three teams which go a bit different route will meet in Kyrgyzstan sometime in July 2010 and head through Pamir Highway back to Finland.

Here’s how it roughly looks:

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FIN2PAMIR Team 1 consists of four people, Team 2 is three people and Team 3 is not really a team, but only me!

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/24/2007 8:46 PM
As the July gets closer making decisions on which route should we take gets more attention.

So far it looks that we are driving from Espoo to Warsaw and stay the first night somewhere in there. This would mean driving ~1050 kilometers on the first day!

Next day as we continue from Warsaw, drive through Czech Republic and end up somewhere in ...