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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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In Kiev weather was looking really nice with temperature already in the morning above...
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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First stop...
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 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 5/18/2017 10:55 PM
For some reason could not really sleep well, probably because room was to hot so decided to get up and started day early with a coffee.

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By 7:30 I was already packing the bike again and started riding again.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Made two stops on the way to drink, weather was really nice 20-27 degrees all...
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 6/23/2013 10:40 PM
Early breakfast at this nice little hotel that I finally got into after the missed hotel that I had originally booked.

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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...