By Ilpo Juvander on 7/25/2012 10:32 PM
Day started with a breakfast, had all room for my self. I guess not too many guest in the hotel… 


After breakfast I took it easy, plan was to start driving no earlier than 09:00 as I was not in a hurry. I would not make it today nor tomorrow early enough into Tallinn and into ferry to Helsinki, so just killing time.

I packed also Gore-Tex into bags as temperature was already 25 degrees at Warsaw and it was about to raise from there. Hopefully they stay there for the rest of the trip as well!

When I was just about to leave, I remembered...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2012 11:13 PM
Got decent breakfast and on the way again. Plan for today was to stay out of toll roads, which I managed to do just nicely.

As temperature was already 23 degrees, I decided to leave Gore-Tex out from my jacket. On trousers I still kept them, just in case.

Just after I got to Poland, my GPS started guiding me into very small roads that were made of stones. Really a nice one to drive through forests.


After this it was just village after village, smaller and bigger, nothing much but driving 581 km to Warsaw. Almost a straight line from Berlin.


By Ilpo Juvander on 7/22/2012 7:19 PM
Had a bit of a late morning, 08:00 breakfast (which was not that amazing, but then again, this is France…) and clock was almost 09:00 before I was on the road again.


By Ilpo Juvander on 7/21/2012 11:59 PM
My trip could not be described better than saying that ‘This is not an holiday, this is an Adventure’.

But all good things come to an end and from this day forward nothing special planned. Just driving towards home, day by day.

When I woke up this morning my whole body was telling that this driving must come to an end. Past few days have been quite rough and it is now payback time.

Yesterday my mind was not ready for driving, today it is the body. But when mind works, body must follow.

So breakfast as agreed 7:30 at the hotel, before that I went to see the bike and took out my Gore-Tex inner lining. It was freezing 10 degrees outside.


By Ilpo Juvander on 7/20/2012 11:05 PM
Woke up again at 06:00, packed and went to breakfast. There I noticed a group of people around my bike and went to see what they were up to.

They all were looking at the bike and wondering why it was so dirty and all, how old, where I have been etc. etc. Once I told that I had been in Merzouga, Morocco I could see amount of respect growing in their eyes.

It was no longer an issue that the bike was dirty, they understood why it was dirty. Then someone asked that was I driving offroad in there, with those tires I had (I have Anakee 2 tires right now) and when I said yes, amount of respect was growing even more…

Then I started looking at the bike as well and noticed that something was missing from it: two GSA original fog lamps were not there. I looked some of the photos I had on my phone and yes, they were not stolen last night in here, but day before either in Ceuta or on the ferry from Ceuta to Algeciras. I very much believe this happened on a ferry, at Ceuta I did look around the bike and...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/19/2012 11:03 PM
At the morning I was taking it easy. Although I woke up early again, plan was to take some ferry around noon. First trial to get some breakfast failed, restaurant was not yet open as it should have been, half an hour later doors were opened but not everything was put in place. Finally before 08:00 I got it.

Managed to do some work related stuff during the morning and packing all the stuff again, at 11:00 I was again ready for a ride.

Quick checkout from hotel and to see if bike is still there.

On my way out I noticed that there were once GSA from Belgium parked on the street which was not meant for vehicles and once I passed there was a man running after me and telling there had been police giving a parking ticket for it and he was offering that for me! Not my bike, not my ticket!

Was glad to find that bike was still there untouched where I left it late last night.


By Ilpo Juvander on 7/18/2012 11:10 PM
During the night I had set my next goal to drive to either close to the border between Morocco and Spain in Ceuta or into Ceuta. As I did not get any breakfast at the hotel, I had some extra time in the morning which I used to re-plan the route.

Originally I had thought to take the western route but now decided instead take the eastern route and drive the coastline road. Now I can say that this decision was really rewarding!

When leaving from Khenifra towards Fes I took some really nice small road through small mountains and forests, just east of N8. By the time I was near Ifrane I missed one part I had planned, Valley of Rocks as my paper map was not detailed enough and Open Street Map did not have all these roads market.


By Ilpo Juvander on 7/17/2012 11:36 PM
Merzouga was the turning point for me on this trip. One of the targets have now been achieved: Seeing the Big Sandbox, Sahara and driving in the desert! Mission accomplished.


Tried to get a quick breakfast at Kasbah le Touareg (yes, that was the name of the place), but all the staff were still sleeping at 07:00… Finally some 07:30 there was some movement and got something to eat. Took also two bottles of water to go so that I would not need to stop on first store to buy water.

At start of day it was already 38 degrees…

Driving back from Merzouga I took the alternative route by turning from Rissani to Alnif and from there road to Tinerhin. Up until Alnif driving through...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/17/2012 12:18 AM
Finally managed to get breakfast at 7:30 in Hotel Perla in Fes. Hotel was quite nice, got a room with A/C, Wi-Fi worked well at the lobby, but not in the second floor. Hotel was near the train station and there was 24/7 guard watching my bike during the night. All was ok with the bike when I left.


My plan was to drive over to Midelt where I had looked up an hotel.

When I left Fes temperature was still fine, just 25 degrees, but it started climbing quite fast and soon it was already over 30.

Quite soon I managed to get out from main road and into smaller ones through villages and onto mountains.

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/15/2012 5:41 AM

This is an early start, trying to catch earlier ferry from Spain to Morocco. All dark still in here, just about to get all the stuff into the bike and start riding. Outside is still 25 degrees, better than yesterdays 39…

SPOT will follow as well where I will go.

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/14/2012 8:01 PM
Now it was time for the part with my family involved, swimming, sunbathing, sightseeing and relaxing. All the usual vacation stuff.

First couple of days were just pure seeing where we were. Walking around by the beach and city.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/30/2012 11:32 PM
Early morning wakeup, packing, breakfast and on the road again. No special target for this day either except to get into hotel on time.

I decided to drive non-toll road A-7 as that looked to be quite fast anyhow.

During the drive only noticeable thing was around Valencia, forest fires were really blocking visibility. Smoke was everywhere.

It took 786 km in 9½ hours for me to get into hotel in Benalmadena where next two weeks would be spent.


Up on the higher road parts there was quite heavy wind, I needed to slow down a bit.

After couple of retries managed...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2012 11:40 PM
Had a small breakfast at the hotel, packed and to the bike.


I got the bike parked behind the hotel and as expected it was right there where I left it. Still muddy and all…

To start with I was not planning to take the fastest route from Bardonecchia, but more smaller roads which actually took me into very nice interesting paths. Col de l'Échelle was the last bigger pass on my route.


By Ilpo Juvander on 6/27/2012 9:19 PM
After having breakfast at 07:00 we started packing the bikes and back on the road again.


For this day we set target to be away from autobahn and drive smaller roads into Italy and see how far we would get. And we did get into really nice roads on the way.


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 6/14/2012 9:19 AM

As of today, plan for the trip has been pretty much done. Trial packing is behind, all gears have been selected and final bike maintenance is early next week.

First part is short visit to Alps and especially unpaved roads over there with some friends, like this.

After this I will continue alone towards Spain, spend some quality time with my family over there and once they fly back to Finland, I start my next leg to Morocco.

Because of the situation in Africa, I will be touring around Atlas mountains for a week or so, some Sahara and then head back to Finland.

Stay tuned, this years Big Adventure is due to start end of next week!

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:

Mauritania Visa is required and can be acquired through French embassy in Helsinki:

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 11/6/2011 5:42 PM
My original plan for 2012 summer was to do a short two weeks trip to Crimea, which was my target for this year as well, but missed it because I could not get into Abkhazia.

But as time goes by this evolved into a bigger trip and now target is to do a tour to Africa.

So theme for summer 2012 is Africa! And as usual, this will be a trip with my BMW R1200GS Adventure.

And not to make this too easy and comfortable, I will go via Nordkapp and then do an Iron Butt Ride Nordkapp-Gibraltar 72 on the way down. This means driving from Nordkapp to Gibraltar in 72 hours and in kilometers ~5550 km.

So before reaching...