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By this Author: The Minion

Another tour, another blog

Yes, we're at it again!

Two years ago my fiancé and I set off on an amazing 3 month motorbike adventure trough Europe on a Yamaha XJR1300: Motorcycle Adventure Tour '11

A few months ago, we watched a documentary on Iceland and we both agreed that we must go there on the bike. Unbeknown to us a seed had been planted and soon the touring-bug was in full bloom! So, we thought 'Why not?' and started to plan Motorcycle Adventure Tour - Part 2

In 10 days time we will set off on a 4 month tour through Northern and North-Eastern Europe on a Moto Guzzi Stelvio. We'll have a week and half to casually meander from London to Hirtshals in Denmark, where we'll be hopping on the ferry to Iceland for 3 weeks. On the way back we'll be stopping off at the Faroe Islands for a few days before hitting Scandinavia for several weeks, travelling up to the Arctic Circle via the Norwegian Fjords. The trip shall continue through Russia (St. Petersburg), the Baltic states, Belarus (assuming we can sort out a visa en-route) and Ukraine. Depending on time, we'll either start heading back to Britain through Central Europe or ride down to the Black Sea and make our way back from there. Exciting stuff!

As last time, we'll be travelling two-up and camping most of the time. We'll be using some of our old kit, but have invested in quite a lot of new gear which is better suited to the extreme weather conditions we're expecting to encounter.

We will be updating our blog regularly but this will, of course, be dependant on internet access and available time. If you are keen to follow our shenanigans, you can subscribe to our blog (you will be notified when new entries are uploaded) or just check in when you like. Please be aware that neither of us are avid writers/photographers so please don't expect a blogging-masterpiece, just a simple and honest narration of our adventures. Oh, and please feel free to share your thoughts, suggestions or support using the comment box!

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Posted by The Minion 05:53 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (2)

Bike kit - The Minion

Helmet:
CABERG V2RR CHRONO WHITE/BLACK

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Jacket:
HEIN GERICKE GRACE GORE-TEX® PERFORMANCE SHELL

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Pants:
HEIN GERICKE GRACE GORE-TEX® PERFORMANCE SHELL

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Gloves:
HELD RONJA

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Boots:
TCX T-LILY GORE-TEX®

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Posted by The Minion 09:39 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (1)

A wet start

rain 7 °C

So, we got off okay Tuesday morning after a last minute rush to get the flat cleared and closed the door for good. It was now official: for the coming 4 months we shall be 'of no fixed address'.

We got to the Eurotunnel on time but were unfortunately left waiting in the rain for a while as our train had been cancelled last minute due to a defect. As usual, the trip to France was smooth once we got on a working train. We hit the road with a plan to head towards the Belgian Ardennes via B-roads, hoping to find a nice camping spot along the way. Unfortunately things didn't quite go to plan thanks to heavy rain and a complete lack of campsites en route! We spent longer in the saddle than hoped but eventually made it to a nice campsite in Auby sur Semois. By this time we were hungry, cold, tired, and very wet. We set ourselves to autopilot and set up our tent before cooking a well deserved meal on our awesome Trangia stove.

By this time we realized were shit out of luck as there was a giant rain cloud above most of Europe with reports of record low temperatures. On the upside, we slept well thanks to our quality tent and fabulous down sleeping bags.

Luckily Wednesday was pretty much dry, despite the constant looming clouds. We had an easy day: supply shopping, exploring the area, and, of course, a braai.

This morning we weren't so fortunate as we woke up to on and off showers as well as a significant drop in temperature. Combined with our need to rearrange some of our stuff, we decided to book ourselves into a b&b for the evening.

We're not quite sure where we'll end up tomorrow as well have to see how bad the weather is. We hope to stop off in Givet, Dinant and Namur for some photo's.

That's all for now, the true adventure is yet to come, this is just the warm up!

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Posted by The Minion 11:41 Archived in Belgium Comments (1)

Doing Denmark

From Germany we headed into Denmark, where we have spent 3 nights. We only saw a little of Denmark during our last trip so it was good to explore this Viking country a bit more.

Firstly we headed for Rømø, a small island on the east coast, taking the usual scenic route. We hit a but of rain on the way and when we arrived at the campsite we were surprised to hear from the Dutch employee (yes, the cloggies are everywhere) that Denmark is experiencing a bad draught as it has hardly rained for months. As I joked about bringing the rain with us, the heavens opened up! Luckily it was just a short downpour and we were soon set up, grabbed some supplies and ready to braai. Afterward we walked along the beach in search of driftwood to burn, unfortunately there was none to be found but we enjoyed the walk anyway. Before heading to bed we took a shower in the outside facilities. They have inside showers too but we thought it would be nice to enjoy the views, and it didn't disappoint as we had one heck of a shower!

The next day we were heading for Jelling, but stopped off at Ribe along the way. Ribe is known for it's Viking centre which is based on authentic excavations. It was turning out to be a hot day so we had to brave the Viking experience in full bike-kit but luckily the kind guy behind the counter let us leave our jackets there. We fought of the day-tripping schoolkids with our swords and axes (we kitted up in the iron variety, they were only allowed wood) while immersing ourselves into the Viking history. We have recently been watching a few Viking programmes and documentaries so could vividly imagine what life would have looked like way back then. After the Viking centre we heading into the old town for an expensive but much needed coffee (we didn't realize we sat on the terrace of the larniest hotel in the region).

By the time we hit Jelling we were cooking in the midday sun. We were over the moon to find the lake-side campsite we had pulled in to had an outside swimming pool. So first thing we did was go for a refreshing dip, setting up camp came second. Once all was organized we headed into the main square to see the famous Viking runes commissioned by the king. By the end off the day we had both caught a but of sun, although Greg thinks it might be booze-rash.

This morning we hit the motorway to make it up to the tip of Denmark: Skagen. We're camping just a few metres from the beach, which is litters with old, impressive bunkers. It's another humdinger of a day so we took a lovely stroll along the rigid beach, including some sun-tan lotion and a sun-hat! We've just enjoyed the evening sun with a cold beer on top of a bunker. Tomorrow is the big day; we set off on the 2,5 day ferry trip to Iceland!

Unfortunately we can't upload any pictures right now but they will follow asap.

Posted by The Minion 12:56 Archived in Denmark Comments (1)

Doing Denmark

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From Germany we headed into Denmark, where we have spent 3 nights. We only saw a little of Denmark during our last trip so it was good to explore this Viking country a bit more.

Firstly we headed for Rømø, a small island on the east coast, taking the usual scenic route. We hit a but of rain on the way and when we arrived at the campsite we were surprised to hear from the Dutch employee (yes, the cloggies are everywhere) that Denmark is experiencing a bad draught as it has hardly rained for months. As I joked about bringing the rain with us, the heavens opened up! Luckily it was just a short downpour and we were soon set up, grabbed some supplies and ready to braai. Afterward we walked along the beach in search of driftwood to burn, unfortunately there was none to be found but we enjoyed the walk anyway. Before heading to bed we took a shower in the outside facilities. They have inside showers too but we thought it would be nice to enjoy the views, and it didn't disappoint as we had one heck of a shower!

The next day we were heading for Jelling, but stopped off at Ribe along the way. Ribe is known for it's Viking centre which is based on authentic excavations. It was turning out to be a hot day so we had to brave the Viking experience in full bike-kit but luckily the kind guy behind the counter let us leave our jackets there. We fought of the day-tripping schoolkids with our swords and axes (we kitted up in the iron variety, they were only allowed wood) while immersing ourselves into the Viking history. We have recently been watching a few Viking programmes and documentaries so could vividly imagine what life would have looked like way back then. After the Viking centre we heading into the old town for an expensive but much needed coffee (we didn't realize we sat on the terrace of the larniest hotel in the region).

By the time we hit Jelling we were cooking in the midday sun. We were over the moon to find the lake-side campsite we had pulled in to had an outside swimming pool. So first thing we did was go for a refreshing dip, setting up camp came second. Once all was organized we headed into the main square to see the famous Viking runes commissioned by the king. By the end off the day we had both caught a but of sun, although Greg thinks it might be booze-rash.

This morning we hit the motorway to make it up to the tip of Denmark: Skagen. We're camping just a few metres from the beach, which is litters with old, impressive bunkers. It's another humdinger of a day so we took a lovely stroll along the rigid beach, including some sun-tan lotion and a sun-hat! We've just enjoyed the evening sun with a cold beer on top of a bunker. Tomorrow is the big day; we set off on the 3 day ferry trip to Iceland!

Posted by The Minion 13:11 Archived in Denmark Comments (0)

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