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Mud and Knobblies - Around the world on CCM SR40s

Hi All,

After speaking to many of you at the mendips meeting last weekend I realised I have never posted a formal intro to mine and Fantastic Mrs Fox's (aka Liz) forthcoming adventures on here, any way so here goes:

Over the last year we have been seeking advice and finding out all we can to help us get around the world by motorcycle and now we're 6 and a half months away from our expected departure date of the 1st April 2013.

Our route takes us away from Bristol heading south east towards the Balkans where the adventure really begins taking in Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, then Turkey. After Turkey we go into the Former soviet countries starting in Georgia we head north going into Russia for the first time lapping the following the Caspian coast we explore the wilderness of the Kazakh Steppe heading for Uzbekistan and the Pamirs Highway (if the the problems in the Khorog highlands finish). Then we head north to Almaty going back in to Russia before getting deliberately lost (well kind of) in Mongolia. When we head up back into russia we'll attempt the BAM road before getting to Vladivostok.

In late August Liz's Brother is getting married in New York If we're all going to plan we'll attend that wedding before the bike arrive in Canada, where we should be granted Work and Travel Visas and we intend to get employment in a ski resort over the winter before heading south to Argentina, from there who knows...

Our chosen steeds are CCM SR40 motorcycles, we chose them after ignoring a lot of advice from people on here on the basis of seat height as Liz is only 5'3" with little legs, but also they look pretty awesome too. We've had masses of help from Gabriel at Zen Overland in getting them ready for travel.

Anyway we'd really like you to follow our adventures by visiting our website, www.mudandknobblies.co.uk, following us on Facebook or either me or Liz on twitter.
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Just followed you on Facebook, so thought I'd say hi here (and bump this).
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Good luck and happy trails!

I like your choice of motorbike and am keeping fingers crossed for both of you. Keep us updated, Fantastic Mister Fox.
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It's been a little while since we posted an update so here one is:

October Update

Liz's skills are improving all the time so that's looking good and we're slowing plodding on with sorting stuff out although we'll really hit it hard when we start applying for visas in the new year.
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I written a new blog about our preparations for our trip in November and December

November and December 2012

I hope you find it good reading
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That's it the date is set we're leaving on the 21st April 2013 from the Ace Cafe (Adventure and Overland Day).

If you want to come and chat to us and see us off then you can do so at one of two events.
On Friday 19th April 2013 we're having a or 17 at the Kings Arms in Brislington. This event is open to friends, family and followers.
Bristol Departure Party | Facebook

Alternatively please come and see us off at the ace on Adventure Day.
Mud and Knobblies Depart From the Ace Cafe on Adventure and Overland Day | Facebook
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Oh man... I just followed your link. I'm really digging the site.
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Thanks for the positive words mate.

I've tried to make it easy to navigate.
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Well done Mr Fox,
I wish u guys good luck and happy exploring. I will be in kasakh, Uz and Turkm in July.
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We're aimin to enter kazahstan in early July at Astrakhan Border then heading through Uzk towards the Pamirs, It would be good to meet up on the road if it's conveinient.

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We're aimin to enter kazahstan in early July at Astrakhan Border then heading through Uzk towards the Pamirs, It would be good to meet up on the road if it's conveinient.
Indeed, I leave Oslo in the beginning of July, and it takes me three or four days down to Astrakhan. Lets keep in touch, and find out where we can go for a
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Here's a little update about what's been going on in the world of adventuring on CCM SR40s. This one includes Paperwork headaches, Bike upgrades and my attempt at Ralling.

January, February and March 2013
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We would like to thank all our friends and supporters for all the help they have given us over the last few months.

Last night Liz was taken to Hospital with a dislocated knee. She had a MRI scan today and It looks as though they are going to have to rebuild the Joint so for now we're not going anywhere.

We still intend to travel this later year, but when Liz is fully recovered. We will hatch a new plan to take Roxy and Lola overland to as many places as possible.

I know we aren't traveling now but the muscle weakness caused by Liz being a carrier of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy is one of the symptoms that has lead to this unfortunate incident. This is why we will continue to support all the work that the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Matthew Fox is fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
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What bad luck. Best wishes to Liz for a speedy recovery

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It's just a blip....

See it as a blessing that it happened now and not in Turkey or Mongolia etc.

You will be better prepared when you finally leave.

Enjoy our English summer... It maybe the last one you see in a while.

Make the most of our beautiful country..
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