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August 30, 2009 GMT - Netherlands / Belgium
Left early the next morning as I wanted to make Calais and get on a ferry to England. The weather looked not to good so put in warm liner in my jacket (first time) and it wasn't long before it...

August 30, 2009 GMT - Germany
Had a great afternoon in Heidelburg walking around the city,very laid back and nice sights. Had a good nights sleep on soft bed, a joy after camping. The next morning headed off to make some big km's and push on...

August 26, 2009 GMT - Germany
Hi All Been another great few days (well except for today...rain) I left the mountains of Austria and headed to Switzerland where of course there are more mountains. Headed to Zurich, wow what a beautiful location on the lake. On...

August 24, 2009 GMT - Austria
Hi team I have just spent the most wonderful 3 days riding the mountain passes of Italy. I did a ride today that had 39 hairpin bends as the road reached up to 2700 metres it was fantastic so much...

August 22, 2009 GMT - Italy / Dolomites
I forgot to mention that in Zagreb I lost my Ipod, bloody annoying as I really miss having music while riding. You may remember that I put the Ipod as the number one thing that I brought with me on...

August 22, 2009 GMT - Slovenia
Hi Team I have had the most brillant time in Slovenia, I was very well looked after by Petra, you couldn't hope for a better host. We had lunch together and in the evening she had invited a few of...

August 18, 2009 GMT - Croatia / Zargreb
What was the last entry all about?? Sometimes I have tough days.... I got my A into G and rode over 450km to Zargreb the capital today, just what I needed. What a great city, most tourists give the city...

August 17, 2009 GMT - Montenegro / Croatia
God it seems like ages ago since I was in Albania... I had a interesting chat with a Albanian / Canadian guy on my last night in the country, I asked why if the country is so poor how come...

August 14, 2009 GMT - Albania
Well I didn't know anything about Albania before arriving here, and still don't know a lot except to say it's a bit like the wild west!. I entered from Greece this morning after a few minor issues at the border(visa?,...

August 14, 2009 GMT - Greece/Meteora/Vikos Gorge
While in Thessaloniki I managed to buy a book of maps for Europe (not a great scale) and the Lonely Planet (LP) for Mediterranean Europe (in English). LP doesn't cover all the countries I want eg Austria Switzerland Germany but...

August 14, 2009 GMT - Turkey / Summary
Hi all, before I update blog I just want to give a summary on Turkey Got to say I really enjoyed the country It was a journey of contrasts from the Kurdish south eastern corner, to Cappadoccia (the real middle...

August 11, 2009 GMT - Greece / Thessaloniki
Hi just a short update: Entered Greece and spent the night in Alexandpoulis (check spelling) which is 40km from the border. Got up early again and left by 6am to Thessaloniki, I had intended to ride further but I had...

August 10, 2009 GMT - Turkey / Not Istanbul
When I was planning this trip I always had in mind that I would decide on my route through Europe once I got to Istanbul. Well I aren't going to Istanbul. I made this decision yesterday after considering a number...

August 10, 2009 GMT - Turkey / Foca
I had a late night farewell diner with Luis as we were going or separate ways in the morning. We ended up having a few beers to many and as a result I left far too late to make the...

August 07, 2009 GMT - Turkey /Olympos/Kas
As I saıd previously İ only stayed one nıght ın Antalya but Luıs (the bıker I met from Portugal) and I decıded to take a easy rıde up the coast to Olympos only an hour away. It was great rıdıng...

August 06, 2009 GMT - Turkey / Antalya
Spent 3 wonderful day's in middle earth (goreme) and was then wanting to get back on the road. Yesterday I had the most glorious ride (617km) from Goreme to Antalya, beautiful plains and to finish a fantastic mountain crossing down...

August 02, 2009 GMT - Turkey/NotThe Black Sea
Hı team İt has been a few days since İ made an entry on the blog but İ have done some hard riding getting a few Km,s under my belt. İ ended up going in the complete opposite direction İ...

July 30, 2009 GMT - Turkey / Doğubayazıt
İ hope you apprecıate thıs as İ was just about to fınısh thıs entry when the power went down and lost what İ had wrıtten so here we go agaın. After 2 nıghts ın Tabrız (İran) İ headed to the...

July 28, 2009 GMT - Iran / Summary
Wow Iran exceeded all my expectations. The people are generous and fantastic hosts It is such a beautiful country and the towns and cities I visited all had a rich cultural heritage and many sites worth seeing. Some of them...

July 28, 2009 GMT - Iran / Rasht/Tabriz
Forgot to mention that whilst servicing the bike in Nowshahr I managed to have a wee accident when I put the bike on the stand it landed on my big toe and with 200kg of bike on it I was...

July 25, 2009 GMT - Iran / Esfahan to Chalus
Got up at 6am to hit the road and apart from the back (as mentioned) had an enjoyable ride cruising at around 130km/hr on long straight roads, actually toll roads which motorbikes aren't allowed on (Iranian) got stopped by police...

July 25, 2009 GMT - Iran / Esfahan
Lonely Planet (LP) describes Esfahan : "Iran's masterpiece, the jewel of ancient Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world". Now I definitely don't agree with LP all the time but I believe they have got it...

July 21, 2009 GMT - Iran / Yazd
Lonely Planet suggests "don't even think about going to Yazd in hot season" Red Rag... So now I have been here 3 days. The ride from Shiraz again was amazing oh the scenery (it really is a shame that its...

July 18, 2009 GMT - Iran / Shiraz
The ride to Shiraz, 580km, was one of the best so far (i've probably said that before), the scenery was unreal sort of semi desert / arid with mountain ranges, valleys and huge salt lake beds. For weeks now I...

July 18, 2009 GMT - Iran / Kerman
I was sorry to leave Bam I was so relaxed after Pakistan and had a good time there. The trip to Kerman was to be my last stretch of desert, alas more to come. I left early in the morning...

July 15, 2009 GMT - Akbars Guesthouse Bam
As I mentioned previously I intended to only stay in Bam for one night, I have now been here three. This is more for the Horizons Unlimited community but I just want to give them some up to date info...

July 13, 2009 GMT - Iran /Bam
Easy border crossing into Iran. Welcome welcome everyone says. Still had security to and from Zahedan all the way to Bam, but I'm told that is all over with now. Zahedan felt like I was still in Pakistan, couldn't leave...

July 12, 2009 GMT - Pakistan / Summary
What can you say?, Pakistan has problems as we are well aware. My personal belief is that they will get worse before they get better. I had a great time in Lahore apart from one incident which didn't concern a...

July 12, 2009 GMT - Pakistan/Quetta to Taftan
I had always been concerned about this part of the journey as it is the only route to the Pakistan border (Taftan), it is all desert, runs adjacent to the Afganistan border and is well known for it's security concerns....

July 12, 2009 GMT - Pakistan / Quetta
The trip (409km) to Quetta will go down as one of the most differcult so far. Escort was late and when it turned up sooooo slow, even had 2 guys on moped pass us. Leaving early was important because I...

July 12, 2009 GMT - Pakistan / Sukker
Left the next morning for Sukker (478km) and again a great ride until about 75km outside of Sukker when I picked up my first police escort. To explain, escorts are a bit like the pony express. The police take your...

July 12, 2009 GMT - Pakistan / Multan
Hi, we have contact...... A lot has happened since my last entry so I will go back to when I left Lahore and continue in a series of brief entries and then give my final impressions on Pakistan as a...

July 05, 2009 GMT - Lahore Pakistan
Here I am in Lahore, feels like dark side of the moon as far as communications go. I had a very easy crossing of the border, very quick got carnet (bike passport) stamped out of India and into Pakistan no...

July 03, 2009 GMT - Chandigarh / Amritsar
It's been a few days since i have been able to get on the internet. Stayed only one night in Delhi and headed to Chandigarh, wow what a fantastic city. It was built after partition and is beautifully designed big...

June 29, 2009 GMT - Delhi
Namaste Agra to Delhi is only 200km on 2x2 lane road so I left early to arrive before it got too hot. Didn't allow for traffic (probably busiest road in India) and took longer than I hoped. Had my first...

June 28, 2009 GMT - Agra
Hi all, Left Varanasi 6am yesterday morning for the trip to Agra (650km) was going to do in 2 days but wanted to put myself and the bike to the test in prep. for long distances I will have to...

June 25, 2009 GMT - Varanasi
Rode from Ngapur to Katni stayed night and left at 6am for the approx 500km to Varanasi. My worse day so far, for the first time I started having doubts whether I can actually do this. India is in the...

June 22, 2009 GMT - vijayawada - NAGPUR
trying tocatch up and i"ve got little time till internet closes rode from Vijay to Hydrabad lovely city and stayed the night long ride on bumpy road today I rode from Hydrabad to Nagpur long way ( keyboard won"t do...

June 20, 2009 GMT - Chennai to Vijayayawada
First I promise to mention clearing the bike yesterday....... No surprise it took all day, getting security pass to go into secure customs warehouse, meeting customs officer and all his helpers, locating the bike crate, then opening it. As soon...

June 19, 2009 GMT - Chennai
Great news after a incredibly trying day I have my bike The details of my day are too long to go into right now, I will do later I'm shattered and am going to bed. I'm heading off tomorrow early...

June 17, 2009 GMT - Chennai
I need to point out that this is, I think, my 4th trip to India and I love the people and the country,what I had forgotten was quickly realized on boarding the plane in KL. I thought that the flight...

June 17, 2009 GMT - Malaysia
Arrived in KL, 30C temp. welcome after 14C in Auckland. Stayed in nice hotel and didn't venture far from shops and swimming pool. 2 nice days just relaxing and looking forward to getting to Chennai and starting the trip proper....

June 13, 2009 GMT - Auckland - Malaysia
Just one hour before I leave to catch my flight to KL. I would just like to thank all those people who have phoned, texted and emailed giving me their best wishes and support. I have tried to keep this...

June 07, 2009 GMT - The Bike


June 06, 2009 GMT - Chennai to London
About to start my journey, riding solo from Chennai, India to the UK. I'll be travelling through India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Europe over 3 months. My bike is a Suzuki DL650 Vstrom 2008. Its currently being shipped to Chennai...

 


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