Route for Part 2 of Ride Round The World

10 Jun

I had been planning another epic trip through Africa and the Americas, but that’s all on hold after the accident. So, part 2 is now a relatively easy jaunt through Scandinavia and Eastern Europe on a new (ish) BMW F800 GS. First stop will be the Nurburgring, my old favourite. Then a meander up through Denmark and Sweden, into Norway and all the way to Nordkap, the northernmost point of mainland Europe. Back down through Finland, enjoying the lakes and forests and lack of population. A short ferry ride from Helsinki to Estonia, Latvia then Lithuania. Next, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and into Turkey. It might be hard to resist another visit to Istanbul which was one of the highlights of round the world part 1. And Then? Who knows? A lot depends on the situation in the middle east, which looks bad at the moment. Honestly, who do these people think they are? Expecting human rights and democratic freedom, it’s just not on….

Day 2 Sunshine at the ring

11 Jun

Day 2 Sunshine at the ring, originally uploaded by Big Al!.

After a long ride in cold weather, heavy rain, and heavy traffic, the sun has finally come out. Hope it’s the same tomorrow so I can do a couple of laps. Stiff and tired after the first real day of riding since finishing the original round the world trip 18 months ago. The good news is that the beemer, even fully loaded with luggage, can happily cruise along a good 20 or 30 mph faster than the xt, which helps when you’re on the autobahn surrounded by 120 mph audis.