After the journey is before the journey.
Half a year on the road in Spain, Portugal and Morocco is over and the Caucasus is calling for another six to seven month.
A Motorcycle Journey through the Giant Montains Range (Czech Republic and Poland)
Ride through a cave right infront of the bar - that´s a unique experience in the world, only possible at the biker´s cave in Pekelné Doly.
More pictures of our along the Giant Montains Range (Czech Republic and Poland) and the GPS data for download are available here: Motorcycle Vagabonds - Giant Mountain Range
Russia - A Motorcycle Journey along the Kola-Highway
From St. Petersburg along Europe´s two biggest lakes, the white sea, across the arctic circle, to Murmansk, the Kola Peninsula and the Barent´s sea.
Pictures an GPS data download here: Motorcycle-Vagabonds - Kola-Highway
Why we live as motorcycle vagabonds?
Because our home is whereever we pitch our tent and because every day is a riding day for us.
Greetings from Western Sahara, the disputed southern end of Marocco
The photo's message should have been “it's really hot over here“ but I'm afraid that Simone's body language betrays her.
We have 20°C max each day here in south Morocco - perferct for riding a bike but not enough to warm up a natural pool.
New years day, 2018
GOOD MORNING from the Anti Atlas Mountain Range in Morocco.
Coffee might be ready in a few moments and another phantastic riding day is ahead of us!
Digital nomad´s life: whereever I put my laptop there's my working space.
Thereby even this nasty weather is no drama.
We just make it a workin day and enjoy the wild Atlantik on the other side of the window glass.
By the way: this is one of the best social area rooms of a campground we´ve seen on all our journeys.
Camping Torre de la Peña, Tarifa, Spain
Finland and Finnmark
The most northern road point of Europe's mainland (which is NOT the Nordkapp) was our starting point through Norway´s Finnmark and Finland.
A tour with plenty of challanges: 24 hours of daylight around midsummer night, cold lakes, mosquitoes galore, reindeers all over the road, a massive santa claus overdose and long stretches without fuel. But nonetheless it´s definitly worth to ride up there.
The Wild Atlantik Way - one of the most scenic coastal roads in Europe.
2,600 kilometers of twisty asphalt - quite often close to the cliffs / the ocean.
Rough and beautiful landscape and plenty to discover along the road and in bars, too. E.g. in Dingle where you can choose out of a broad variety of liquors in a hardware shop and where woman had to drink in small booths separated from the main taproom.
For more pictures and download of the GPS-points/route see:
Riding through Luxembourg´s Ardennes
Luxembourg is often just seen as an international investment fund banking place, but the small country has far more to offer: picturesque castles, tiny roads along small twisting rivers, narrow gorges and curves gallore - a paradies for motorcycle travellers.
For more pictures and download of the GPS data see Motorcycle-Vagabunds - riding through Luxembourg´s Ardennes
Our best camping spot in north Spain
Four weeks on the road so far.
We did mainly bush camping, quite often at real romantic spots.
Every few days we take a regular campground for showering and WIFi. This one had the best view so far: Camping Los Cantiles, Valdés, Asturias, 43.549076, -6.524269
We are on the road again!
This time for 13 month - during the winter raoming the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco and the next seven month exploring the Caucasus.
By the way: the writing on those cardboards means “no fixed abode“ - that's the live we love!
Greeting from Spain, September 2017
Frank & Simon
The Ghosttown of Oradour sur Glane
The history of this place is horrible, but it´s well worth a visit: the ghost town of Oradour sur Glane, where the Waffen-SS killed more than 600 citizens of all ages in revenge for a kidnapped
officer. A moving place not to miss!
N45° 55.770' E1° 02.292'
Number 1 in the US motorcycle books charts
Never thought this could happen, but "Motorcycle Vagabonds - Around the World, Part 1: The Americas, New Zealand and Australia" made it to #1 in Amazon´s Bestseller list in the categorie "motorcycle".
Get your copy of the paperback / ebook here:
A motorcycle journey to the Mediterranean Sea and the southern Pyrenees in March / early April.
Why to wait for the end of the winter if you can ride towards spring?
Motorcycle Journey through the Beskid Mountains (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia)
Plenty of photos and the gps-data for download are online:
Motorcycle Diaries did a nice feature about us:
Motorcycle Tour Through Wales
Many pictures + download of the gps-data of our Wales trip are online:
Motorcycle Gloves Mandatory in France + Introduction fo Enviromental Badge
France has introduced a Environmental badge in 2016. Now it becomes mandatory for various kinds of vehicle including motorcycles (French and foreign) if you want to enter some cities: Paris +
Grenoble. Others will follow.
For details and online order of the badge see: https://www.crit-air.fr/nc/en/bestellshop.html#c22826
A bit earlier motorcycle gloves became mandatory for motorcycle riders:
Let´s see how this will work in reality and if the biker unions won´t bring it done as usual. I keep my fingers crossed for them!
Interview ADVMoto Magazine
Some think of a three-and-a-half year RTW trip as a never-ending holiday - any thoughts on that?
You’ve been to several Muslim countries—how did things measure up to the impressions the media gives us?
How’s life after the big journey?
Just three out of many questions Paul Smith (ADVMoto Magazine) had for us.
For a short glimpse into motorcycle vagabonds´ life check the 7-pages-interview.
Uzbekistan Visa News
From April 1, 2017, the visa-free regime will be expanded. Citizens of Australia, Austria, Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore, Finland,
Switzerland and Japan can enter the country without a visa for tourism purposes for up to 30 days.
Kyrgyzstan Visa News
Another country that made a step back instead one towards more travel freedom: Foreigners who stay longer than a certain number of days in Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) have to register at a State
Registration Service Passport Desk now. The mumber of days depends on the country, you are from.
- packing size smaller then a fuel stove with bottle: 11,5 x 15 x 1 cm
- because of the chimney effect it burns even real wet wood
- you safe money – less than 1.5 GBP / 2 USD per week
- cooking is no longer an annoying duty for me. I love to collect branches and start and maintain the fire. High romantic factor!
- you can´t find branches everywhere – e.g. not in desert like areas and on smart regular campgrounds
- if you burn wet wood it smokes a lot, which is a pain for you as the operator as well as for neighbours on the campground – but in moscito infested areas this turned out to be big pro for us: it kept these bastards away
- depending on the kind of wood: heating efficiency is sometimes as good as a fuel stove, but sometimes it´s far below
Quality and prices for Hobo stoves differ very much:
It might be fun to build your own. Ain´t difficult.
Thailand - no longer with your own bike without guide possible?
The times when you could roam Thailand on your own motorcycle seem to be over. Some month ago the Goverment allready introduced rules going into this direction. But now the final shot is coming: Soon it will be like in Myanmar, China or Buthan. For the latest news see: RideAsia - Thailand News
Similar things are going on in Laos.
This concerns only motorcycle travellers, who want to ride through Thailand with their OWN bike, not those, who rent a bike overthere - at least that´s my understanding. I´m glad that we could explore the country extensively without these restrictions on our RTW trip.
New Motorcyce Vagabonds Motive
For friends and like minded motorcycle travellers we´ve created a motorcycle vagabonds motive.
Check out our spreadshirt stores for shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and more with the new design.
Tools for Campsites
This seems to be a nice tool to find campsites for free. At least in North America there are plenty of them listed. For the rest of the world it´s terra incognita more or less.
Check out this one, too: http://ioverlander.com/
You have to flag "informal campsites" and "wild camping". It has a much better global coverage than freecampsites.net.
Just one page to read.
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