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17° | sunny | km 483

Off road trainig

on 2016-05-14 in Azerbaijan
The road to Baku was pretty straight and the tarmac was perfect. Because it was Saturday, we knew that the Tajikistan embassy would be closed anyway and since the road was boring, we decided to go on a little detour. According to our navigators there was a small route over the mountains leading to the Caspian sea.
According to our navigators...

The street changed quite quickly into a gravel road and suddenly we had to overcome some small river crossings. The small crossings grew into bigger crossings and the road disappeared from time to time. Only the navigation system stood true to its course and we tried following it as closely as possible.

We struggled further up the small river. The navigation showed 53 km to the next turnoff... whatever that meant. It was shocking as we realized after two more hours of driving that the very same turnoff was now 49 km away. 4 km in almost 2 hours?! All of us expected to spend the night in the mountains...

Concentration was starting to fade and we started dropping our bikes quite regularly. We grew weaker every time we had to pick up a bike but the motivation to overtake the mountains before darkness stayed strong.
The small path eventually got a litte better after a while and we were able to make some progress.
At the beginning of sunset we reached a small village which made us believe that we had almost made it. Fabi instantly bought some bottles of water at the small market while an interested crowd of locals gathered around Basti and Denis.

It got darker and the local English teacher told us that we only had about 16 km ahead of us before the road would finally turn back into a tarmac. BUT we should hurry because we would have to cross two more rather big rivers!
Only a few meters later we saw what he meant. A very wide river bed with many sand banks and varying deep streams was disconnected us from the tarmac we had started to long for.
We managed to get through the first river, thanks to the friendly instructions of the local police. But it was solely up to us to cross the second river. To make things worse we had to cross in complete darkness now. Contrary to common sense we still decided to cross. We were only able to estimate how deep the water was in front of our bikes. Only by the different behavior of the water we guessed a way across the river. I hindsight it might not have been the best Idea to keep going. Still we succeeded through a mix of 1. hope, 2. pray and 3. FULL THROTTLE!!!

After we had overtaken the second river we had a tiny meal and set up our tents as quickly as possible. We fell asleep even before our heads hit the pillows.
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24° | sunny / windy | km 168

Shining Baku

on 2016-05-16 in Azerbaijan
After yesterdays offroad highlight, Baku was only 150 straight kilometers away. Therefore we reached the center of Baku in the early afternoon. Even before we could check where exactly we were, Ilgar came by and invited us to join him for a meal at his Turkish restaurant. He is European champion in judo and of course drives also a motorcycle.
After the meal he insisted on taking our bikes for a wash. This resulted once again in a proper foam and high pressure treatment. Apart from the loss of some stickers our bikes coped with the treatment without any problems and looked as good as new. Then he helped us to find a reasonable priced hotel a little bit outside the city and we agreed to meet again the next days.

On Monday morning we went straight to the embassy of Tajikistan. While waiting for the ambassador we met Nicole and Renaud alias Elsasser Travellers. They are travelers that went from the very south of France over the north cape of Norway to Baku by bicycle (!) in 13 months. They also planned to apply for a Tajikistan visa. At the embassy we have been welcomed very friendly and after a few questions and filling out forms by hand our visa should be ready on Friday. So we would be staying in Baku until Friday.
We used the rest of the Monday and all of Tuesday to work on our blog and video. Tuesday evening we went to Ilgar for diner. On our way to him some Biker with the name Vahid welcomed Basti in the middle of a traffic jam. They quickly turned to the right side of the street, exchanged names and numbers and made plans to meet that night. Vahid and some of his biker friends picked us up directly from Ilgar's restaurant. Together we went for an unexpected nightly sightseeing trip through Baku.

Baku at night is breathtaking! The historical buildings are very well illuminated next to very modern constructions like the Flame Towers which play short films on their entire facade. The guys showed us in about 3 hours all highlights and countless stairs ;) - but the view was more than worth it!
In two weeks Formula One will be hosted in Baku so the streets, stands and fences were already prepared. An incredible effort, but definitely something special!
At the end we could try out some local food and drink specialties. After that the guys escorted us back to our hotel.
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24° | cloudy / windy | km 275

Where is the giant flag?

on 2016-05-19 in Azerbaijan
On Wednesday, sightseeing was on our schedule again. Since Khalig, an employee of the hotel we staid at, also wanted to show us Baku on his day off. That is why we enjoyed an additional very interesting city tour, but this time during the day.
For the evening we already had plans to meet Vahid and Ruslan for diner and beers. Kahlig joined us with pleasure.
We had a crazy funny evening and later that night even went out to an almost empty night club to smoke some shisha.

Still a bit hungover from the night before we had big plans for Thursday: continue working work on the website, doing some laundry, buy new motorcycle oil and meet the French cyclists. Unfortunately our search for the oil dealer turned out to be quite difficult. Basti and Denis decided to split up so that Basti would have a better chance to be on time for the meeting with the French cyclists. Stil Basti was 20 minutes too late the giant flag on the national flag square.
Sadly the two French guys were nowhere to be found, instead Basti witnessed how the second biggest flag of the world broke down piece by piece because of strong winds. It was a bit dangerous but also very spectacular, so he decided to take a video of it and got instantly into trouble with the countless securities.
Apparently it is strictly forbidden to make pictures or videos of the broken flag! The security guys from Azerbaijan were still very friendly and everything could be sorted out, despite the existing language barrier. The only problem was now that Denis had some troubles to find Basti without the giant waving flag...

On Friday, just before we left Baku, we picked up our visa and laundry. Unbelievably, despite the 4 million residents in Baku, we accidentally met the two French cyclists on our way to Ilgar's restaurant. We seized the opportunity to take a closer look at their bikes. They weight unbelievable 70 and 40 Kilogramms!!
After that rode on the highway until we were close to the Iranian border. In the small village Lənkəran, we were welcomed by a friendly resident that instantly showed us a nice and cheap hotel. In the evening we changed our oil in front of the hotel under the observation by numerous friendly and interested locals. The kids all sat on on our bikes and the fathers help us as good as they could :) Fabi had to borrow an Allen key at the local tool store in order to get his oil screw opened. It was no problem because the shop owner sees Germans as very trustworthy.
We also stayed here for one day to finish our videos and the blog. The next day we couldn't enter Iran because the border was closed due to a public holiday in Iran. We found a small nice hotel and Basti was finally allowed to go for his first swim in the Caspian Sea. In the evening we met a group of Iranian business men in the hotel. It turned out to be a very nice meeting with a couple of beers and we gathered the first impressions about Iran. The next morning we tried our luck at the border once more...
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Arman
2018-11-10 06:28:17
Thank you very much for the good description.And I was very happy to be acquainted with you.I hope to see you again
I wish I could serve you more and I should give you all the points about Iran and its people at the beginning of your trip, but unfortunately I forgot.
be successful and victorious .
Rolf
2018-05-19 19:08:53
Hello Basti, welcome back to the Old World!
Enjoy the last leg of the ride home!
Basti
2018-05-05 03:40:58
Vielen Dank Michl,
nein gstritten wäre übertrieben. Wir haben nur feststellen müssen dass wir sehr unterschiedliche Auffassungen vom Ende der Tour hatten.
Daher konnten wir auch keinen Kompromiss mehr finden und die Trennung war letztlich die einzige Möglichkeit alle zufrieden zu stellen.
Wir freuen uns aber schon auf das baldige Wiedersehen!
Michl
2018-04-25 21:31:52
kann mich meinem Namensvetter unten nur anschließen, 2 Jahre spannende Geschichten in Text, Bild und Video, Danke dafür.

Aber sagt mal, nur noch Basti on the Road? In Österreich würde man sagen: " habt's g'stritten Mander?" ... ???
Basti
2018-03-26 03:22:12
Richtig Tom und vielen Dank!
Tom
2018-03-24 12:48:10
dann betrifft Eure Standortanzeige nur noch Basti?
Ich bin gespannt auf Euren Bericht.

Basti weiterhin eine gute Reise.
Basti
2018-03-24 11:21:32
hahaha Moe! Da hast du natürlich völlig recht, aber dann würde der Text zu 80% aus ride bestehen ;)
Moe
2018-03-23 02:35:21
Kleiner Übersetzungsfehler: you don't drive a bike, you ride it;) 'Driving' is just for cars.
Basti
2018-03-18 03:54:16
Hi Tom,
ja da hast du recht ;)
Wir sind ja leider nicht mehr zu dritt unterwegs. Fabi und Denis sind schon seit einiger Zeit zuhause und Basti wird es wohl nicht rechtzeitig heim schaffen... Derzeitiger Plan ist Mitte Mai.
Tom
2018-03-14 12:41:09
Wenn Ihr in vier Wochen wieder in DE sein wollt, müsst Ihr aber ordentlich am Kabel ziehen?!
Basti
2018-03-13 03:52:37
Servus Michael,
WOW das freut uns riesig! Vielen Dank für die netten Worte. Es ist wirklich viel zu lesen und wir haben uns immer gefragt ob das wirklich jemand liest... Also Danke für die Aufklärung! ;)
Schick uns doch bitte ne FB Nachricht oder ne Mail, in den deutschen Norden werden sicher bald mal aufbrechen. Denn von Deutschland haben wir wirklich noch nicht viel gesehen...
Liebe Grüße nach "oben" und ein paar Stories kommen noch...
Michael
2018-03-09 14:20:42
Moin Männers!
Nachdem ich vor einiger Zeit alle Eure Video geschaut habe, hab ich jede freie Minute in den letzten Tagen genutzt um Euren Blog von vorne bis hinten zu lesen (inkl. der beiden Alt-Touren).
Was soll ich sagen, außer, dass mein Leben jetzt keinen Sinn mehr hat, weil ich nichts mehr zu lesen habe:

MEGA GEILE STORY!
Es hat mir so unfassbar viel Spaß gemacht Eure Geschichten zu lesen, danke dafür!

Solltet Ihr jemand in den Deutschen Norden kommen, bitte bescheid geben! Lade Euch gerne auf ein oder zwei Bier ein :D

Gonzalo Bueno
2017-12-10 16:58:43
It was a pleasure
Basti
2017-11-06 20:01:23
Hi Thai, thank you, yes we are having a great time in Ecuador right now.
I enjoyed the night in Big Sur a lot and will always remember you and your nice family! Hope all is well!

Also thank you MHMT and Fred. We still have half a year left with hopefully plenty of adventures to come :)
Thai
2017-11-03 06:08:09
Hi Sebastian, this is Thai. You stopped by my camp site at Bigsur California. I was with my mother and 2 kids. Hope you are doing well...have fun and good luck with your journey.
Mhmt
2017-10-21 22:04:48
Great story with great team!
Fred
2017-10-06 10:28:42
Man what a fantastic journey,i am jalous!
Thanks for the beatiful recordings!
And safe travels!
Good luck to you all
Warm greet fred,the netherlands
Rolf
2017-07-29 20:16:20
Hi guys, hope it is not too hot in CA. Was trying to see how you were doing but have not seen a tracker signal since Thursday. All good? Need any help? Have a great weekend. Rolf
Basti
2017-07-29 11:21:49
Hi Robert,
vielen danke für deine Kritik! Haben wir bisher noch nicht gehabt. Dass wir ziemlich hinten dran sind ist absolut richtig, wir nehmen uns gerade eine kleine Auszeit um aufzuholen.
Allerdings kann ich deinen Punkt zu den Sponsoren und Spenden überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen. Wir sind überrascht und froh wie wenig wir die Sponsoren erwähnen müssen. Außer in der eher kleinen Rubrik Support kommt eigentlich nichts in der Richtung vor.
In den nächsten Wochen werden wir auf jeden Fall zügig aufschließen und du darfst viele neue Berichte und Videos erwarten :)
Robert
2017-07-29 10:37:56
Korrektur des ersten Satzesvon vorher:
Ich finde Eure Tour sehr interessant.
Robert
2017-07-29 10:36:51
Hallo,
ich hab Euch in Osoyoos am Campingplatz getroffen und finde Eure Tour. Leider find ich Euren Internetauftritt nicht besonders aktuell.
Mit am meisten Raum nimmt der Verweis auf gesponsorte Produkte und der Aufruf zu Spenden ein
Schade.
Webseiten anderer Weltreisender sind da wesentlich interessanter und aktueller mit mehr persönlichen Eindrücken.
Da drückt man dann vielleicht auch mal eher auf den Spenden Button.
just my2cents
Trotzdem weiterhin viel Spaß und gutes Durchkommen bei Eurer Tour
Basti
2017-07-28 04:25:16
Hey Phil,
das ist ja super von dir! Fabi hat bereits 2 mal seine Gabeln deswegen austauschen müssen. Zumindest das zweite mal geht jetzt schon mal sicher auf Garantie!
Das erste mal war auch eher ein Crash und somit wohl kein Garantie Fall.
Er fährt jetzt übrigens mit zusätzlichen Klemmen als Verstärkung!
Phil
2017-07-27 10:34:27
Wichtige Info für Fabi!
Rückruf von BMW für die GS, wegen Problemen mit den Standrohren
der Telelever. Im harten Einsatz können sich die oberen Stopfen lösen. Werkstätten pressen Hülsen zur Verstärkung auf. Am besten
bei einer BMW Werkstatt vorbei-
fahren und prüfen lassen.
Basti
2017-06-28 07:41:21
Oh wow! Ich hab gerade einen kleinen Fehler entdeckt weshalb Kommentare im Blog Bereich nicht angezeigt wurden! Wir hatten uns schon gewundert ;) Vielen vielen Dank für die vielen lieben Worte!!!

I just discovered a small error which caused comments in the blog sections not to show! We already wondered ;) Thank you so much for all the nice words!!!
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:29:31
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Amir
2017-06-28 07:28:55
Welcome Iran Dudes....
Sebastian EBN ;-)
2017-06-28 07:28:40
Hallo Jungs, viele Grüße an euch. Beeindruckend schöne Bilder, Erlebnisse und Abenteuer. Ich bin gespannt auf die nächsten Geschichten. Euch viel Spaß, Gesundheit und Glück bei der Weiterreise. Liebe Grüße Sebastian
Steffen
2017-06-28 07:28:34
Hallo ihr drei, viele Grüße aus dem verregneten München sendet euch die Maurer AV. Wir schauen ab und zu auf eurer Seite vorbei und freuen uns über Neuigkeiten. Zugegebenermaßen, nicht ohne eine kleine Neidträne zu vergießen. Denkt an unser Elend und erhellt unser dunkles Sein weiterhin mit Euren Reiseberichten. Grüße von München . Steffen Z.
Marin
2017-06-28 07:28:30
My friends, I am Bulgarian and I should congrats you for the courage to do such trip. But I think you should better plan your visit in Bg :) there were a lot more interesting plases to see in spring than "abandoned" tourist city. Interesting name you gave to my country :)
Chris
2017-06-28 07:28:26
Hi Guy's.
I am interested to know how you prepared custom clearance and visa for all the countries. Did you do it in advance or will you do it on the run.
Cheers from Queensland
Chris

Btw. just a shame to miss out of Downunder :)
Jussy
2017-06-28 07:28:23
Hey Jungs ich hoffe es geht euch gut, wenn ihr so weiter macht wird es ja nur eine Ein-Jahres-Reise.
Viele grüße auch von meinen Kolegen der gesamten AV ( Maurer).
Ps: ich hoffe das bei euch das Wetter besser ist bei uns hat es nur 2 Grad und es fällt Schnee !!!!!
salih
2017-06-28 07:28:18
I prefer you to visit our North Sea Side not south.After you finish the north side you can ride across form north to south.
Salih from Turkey
Hemuli
2017-06-28 07:28:13
Keep stories coming :)
Have you checked if you can take the drone to all countries you plan to visit? I could imagine some borders might give you a really hard time if you have drone...
Ernst Huber( Jussy)
2017-06-28 07:27:04
Hallo Jungs bitte weiter so und viele Videos ich bin begeistert von euerer Reise.
Bleibt bitte Unfallfrei.
Gruß Huber Ernst ( Jussy )
Micha NC700X
2017-06-28 07:26:52
Sehr schöne Berichte, Fotos und Videos. Danke und macht weiter so! Viel Glück auf Eurer Reise!
Vahid
2017-06-28 07:26:42
Great! Hope to see you again soon!
Anastasia
2017-06-28 07:26:25
Don't you miss kebab yet? :)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:26:12
Super! Danke für die Reiseberichte und weiter viel Glück und Gesundheit!
Lars
2017-06-28 07:25:12
Hallo ihr lieben! Der Azubi Lehrmeister meldet sich auch mal wieder :-)
Ich hoff euch geht´s gut - In Deutschland ist es kalt und es regnet - Ich hoff ihr habt an Heiligabend ein schöneres Wetter :-)
Sonny
2017-06-28 07:25:04
what happened afterwards ? you left them there ?
Sonny mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:56
In the caves of laos where you visited one is where the biggest spiders In the world lives. Watch out haha, We saw one ist like 30 cm wide ...
Sonny Mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:47
Cool stories guys ! Keep up the amazing writing, where are some updates from December ?? :-D !!! Its so epic that you can do this trip
Daniel
2017-06-28 07:24:38
What a great time we had :-)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:24:30
Ihr bereitet uns in der Motorrad freien Winterzeit eine große Freude mit Euren Berichten. Vielen Dank und Alles Gute weiterhin.

Gruß Micha (NC700X im Winterschlaf)
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:23:57
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Micha
2017-06-28 07:23:47
Super, Euch Alles Gute!
Trixxie
2017-06-28 07:23:34
Hey guys! Great to meet you in Death Valley! I took a couple photos, and a small video of you going through the slot canyon. If you're interested in getting those, let me know where it would be best to send it! Also, let me know if you're planning to head to San Diego, California. Happy Trails! Trixxie
Jörg
2017-06-28 07:23:20
Hallo Leute,
ich bin gerade zufällig auf Eure Seite gestoßen. Sehr schön und informativ gemacht. Den Tipp mit dem magnetischen 12V-Verbinder kannte ich noch nicht. Das realisiere ich vielleicht, wenn ich von meiner Reise zurück bin. Denn wir könnten uns demnächst begegnen, wenn ich ab Sonntag in Halifax bin und von dort aus Richtung Süden starte. Einen Blog habe ich mal aufgesetzt und da ist auch meine Position per Tracker sichtbar. Würd` mich freuen, wenn wir uns mal auf einem Campingplatz treffen.
Der Blog: joergreiter.blogspot.de
LG
Jörg
Lisa
2017-06-28 07:20:26
Hey Basti, Hope you were able to replace the chair in Munich. Nice meeting you at SFO airport. Love your website; what a great trip you are on! You have crossed the Rubicon. No going back.
Via con Dios,

Lisa
Maxim
2017-06-28 07:15:54
you'll love the mavic pro. got it for a bike trip myself and the active track funktions are perfect for following bikes even at higher speeds. looking forward to watch new videos from your trip.

cheers,
maxim