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32° | sunny | km 821

Flying through the Rio Sucuri

on 2018-03-23 in Brazil
[Basti] Back by myself I went for the border to Brazil. This time the border guy made me understand that I should be able to talk Portuguese because I am in Brazil now. No English nor Spanish would work with him.
Wouldn't be a problem, but I still had the temporary import paper I couldn't get rid off at the last exit from Brazil. So I made the mistake to show him the paper... Too fast for me to intervene he stamped it out!
It took me a while to make him understand that I was entering again, not leaving and that I am not happy with the stamp on the paper. I was planning on flying out of Brazil and our experience so far was that the airports are always way more precise when it came to official paper work.
Well in the end he stamped it again stating that it would be valid till 13.06.2018 and I hoped that it would be alright :)
Thanks to a tip of my buddy Werner I was planning a big d-tour to Mato Grosso do Sul. My destination, the small touristy town of Bonito, was a staggering 750 km away!
Even with having lost some time at the border I still made it to Caarapo to a small hotel to stay my first night in Brazil. To be honest I got so many personal warnings to be careful in Brazil that I was a bit worried about my bikes safety during the night.
But lucky me, as soon as I checked in the friendly owner introduced me to his friend who was running a biker club just next door! He welcomed me super friendly and showed me around. And my bike would spend the night securely locked away. As always on this trip all worries have been for nothing!
Right on the opposite of the hotel I got delicious street food at the main square. Lots of people were around sitting outside enjoying the warm night. What a superb first night in Brazil!
On my way to Bonito I visited the Buraco das Araras the next day. It's supposedly South America's largest sinkhole and famous for it's macaw population. I took a nice tour around it, but saw only a couple of macaws flying by.
In Bonito the prices for a hotel were quite high, so I found a very remote campground a few km outside. I shared the whole campground with one family.
My goal in Bonito was to snorkel in the famous Sucuri river. All I had was the location on google maps. So I went the next morning to check it out, but all I found was a locked up and deserted tourist area. While I was checking my options a couple of happy parrots decided to check out the palm tree next to me. I was so happy to see them in the wild and got some nice photos!
My luck wasn't over with just that. On my way back to Bonito I noticed a sign stating "river snorkeling". And it turned out to be open! While the entrance lady tried to send me back to town to get a tour booked at one of the tourist agencies a friendly English speaking couple arrived and agreed to help. With Portuguese persuading it was suddenly possible for me to join a snorkeling tour!
And WOW, I have never seen a river that clear! We used a canoe to paddle upstream and it already felt like flying because you could see crystal clear to the ground. But then we jumped in the water to float back. Surrounded by colorful fish and green water plants I now truly flew through the river. A truly unique experience and the pictures don't do it justice at all.
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32° | sunny / rain at night | km 1989

Trapped in mud

on 2018-03-25 in Brazil
[Basti] The area around Bonito offers basically all kinds of tourist attractions owned and advertised by their private landlords. So it's hard to find out which ones are worth visiting, especially since everything is set up for Brazilian tourists.
And I didn't have too much time because I had plans to meet up with Werner in Rio. I chose to visit the Cave of San Miguel the next morning.
Again I had to go with a tour, but this time it was possible for me to join right away. On our way to the entrance of the cave little monkeys said hello by jumping over our heads. The cave itself was nice, but the real attraction are the macaws who come here in large numbers because the guides feed them. Really beautiful birds and seeing them flying in a large group really is impressive!
I left the cave around mid day and rode through some remarkabel landscapes all the way to Campo Grande. As I still found the prices of hotels quite high, I went thanks to iOverlander to a little hotel called Atlantic Hotel located in some strange looking neighborhood. Again I was mistaken by the looks and got a warm welcome. The hostel was quite full with local workers, but everybody was super nice and they even offered me a super cheap home cooked dinner. A good place for travelers!
The next night I decided to camp again and thought I had found a nice place inside a corn field. The sunset was stunning!
But it rained during the night and the next morning I found myself closed in by big mud puddles! It wasn't far to the road, but still I wished Fabi and Denis were there...
Because with all the slippery mud it was clear that I would never be able to pick my bike back up. So I tried to be as smart as possible and carried some luggage over the puddle. Very carefully and slowly I made my way through and truly surprisingly to me I made it!
Took me the whole morning though!
After that sweating experience I still rode a long way but decided to find a nicer hotel for the night. In the tiny town Patrocínio Paulista I found the Hotel Havai and enjoyed a much needed super clean room with private shower.
My riding days were long and I was eager to see something again. On google maps the lake of Rio Grande with some canyons and a waterfall looked promising. Of course it meant for another little d-tour.
First I thought of trying to find a boat tour, but because of limited time and money I decided that a stop at the Canyon de Furnas would be enough. It was hard to see the people swim in the blue water while I was sweating in my suit ;)
I had lunch with a great view followed by riding hard to make some mileage towards Rio. After a night in Três Corações I discovered some huge termite hills next to the road. I enjoyed the twisting ride on surprisingly good roads through hilly terrain.
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35° | sunny | km 73

Rio!

on 2018-03-30 in Brazil
[Basti] I arrived at the area of Rio de Janeiro in the beginning of the afternoon, just in time for rush hour. While I was squeezing through traffic in a shabby suburb a bus driver noticed me, made space for me and cheerfully welcomed me to Rio. Again a very nice first impression!
Locals, tourists and other overlanders, all warned me insitently to be careful in Rio. But Fabi and Denis didn't have any bad experiences and as long as I find a secure parking spot for my bike I was sure I would be fine.
And the next nice experience was already waiting around the corner. Fabi and Denis left some repair tools for me at the BMW dealer Autokraft who helped them to organize a crate and prepare for their flight. As soon as I arrived on my Honda I was welcomed like I would be a long term highly valued BMW customer. Even though at first nobody new what I wanted, I got a nice Cappuccino while they looked for someone who could speak English. It took a bit until they found the guy who stored our tools. But they did and the super nice guy even invited me spontaneously for a ride on sunday!
Again an amazing service by BMW. Thank you guys! Because I had plans to meet up with my dear friend Werner and his girlfriend Ulli sadly I wasn't able to join their ride. And honestly I was way more interested in seeing Rio then doing an other ride through the highly populated area.
With the hotel Cruz de Ouro I found a cheap hotel with the perfect parking garage for my bike. As soon as I checked in I walked down to Werner's hotel. Werner and Ulli had also visited us in Thailand and it was great and weird at the same time to meet them again half around the globe. And I was still driving the same bike!
Werner speaks Portuguese and has been to Rio already several times, so he was the perfect guide for Ulli and me. Not having to plan everything on my own was a much appreciated change.
We took countless Ubers from one sightseeing spot to an other and saw all important sights in two days: the Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar), the Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana) and the statue Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). We did everything very relaxed with some cool beers here and there and still had enough time to also visit the Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico). It really is special how this city lies in between those iconic green hills and the blue ocean. The streets are always full of life, people are happy and always super friendly. And never once did I feel unsafe!
Right in front of my hotel room was a guy fixing cars in the middle of the intersection. How nice that something like this is possible here. Even the police let the guy change their tires!
After only three nights I had to get going, because I wanted to meet up with Werner, Ulli and my Olga in his vacation home in Natal more than 2500 km up North...
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30° | sunny | km 935

From the alps into the jungle

on 2018-04-01 in Brazil
[Basti] My plan while riding north was to find at least one spot worth visiting per day. So my first idea was a Swiss museum not far from Rio. What I didn't know was that I would be driving through an area with lots of immigrants from central Europe. The biggest town I drove through was called Nova Friburgo and I had many funny sights next to the road like the estacionamento "Weg Bier". It's German and translates roughly to "beer to go". Sadly or luckily they had closed because this would have been enough reason to break the don't drink and drive rule ;)
The Casa Suíça displayed a few traditional Swiss items, sadly everything was only explained in Portuguese. But the real attraction was their food store and the restaurant. It's also a Swiss cheese dairy and butchery! Of course I couldn't resist. I ordered a cheese soup, a chocolate mousse and a hot chocolate. It was mind blowing! I also tasted some cheese and bought some gammon. This combined with the hilly and green terrain around it made me feel a bit like being in the Alps.
That's why I decided to find a place for the night. Again I couldn't resist and stopped at the Hotel Baviera. I had to wait a bit, because no one was there. When the elderly couple arrived I was greeted extraordinary friendly and they got me a huge private room with 5 (!) beds and a bath. Despite being the only guest they even made me hot coffee in the morning. A great little place!
The next day I enjoyed some small back country dirt roads but I soon realized that I wouldn't be able to make miles that way. Anyway in order to visit my next spot I had to do quite a d-tour. I tried riding as long as possible until the sun was down. I tried the gas station hotel just outside Mutum and was very pleasantly surprised. It was modern, super clean and at a reasonable price. On the downside I had to park my bike outside in front of the gas station. Well at that point I felt safe enough to give it a try and of course I was reassured one more time.
In the morning I headed to the Muriqui preserve. The turnoff was hard to see and almost overgrown. After riding in for a couple of hundred meters I reached a deserted visitor center. The only info I found was a sign with a very basic map.
I knew that the Muriquis (aka woolly spider monkeys) are really rare by now and this preserve is probably the best chance to see some in the wild. I left my bike and carried on by foot. Not really knowing what I should do or where I should go I just followed the track. I was in the middle of a dense rain forest with huge trees, big spiders and nice butterflies. Luckily a young student came by as he was observing the Muriquis. He spoke English and told me a bit about the apes.
Suddenly we heard some trees rustle and we could see one Muriqui pretty high up in the tree. He was moving slowly from tree to tree. We followed him and eventually more and more Muriquis jumped over our heads through the trees. It was a whole family! The student even recognized them by name! It was insanely fascinating to see how these big apes moved through the trees with such ease and calm. We didn't seem to bother them at all. It looked like the first Muriqui checked the path and the others followed him by taking the same branches. I even noticed a mother with her child. What an experience! So different and so much better than observing apes in captivity.
I felt incredible lucky and rode back to the main road to make some mileage. I drove again till nightfall and took the first hotel I found in Teófilo Otoni. The guy was friendly and his wife cooked next door in a small restaurant. But the room was super hot and pretty dirty so I slept bad. I obviously had already used up all my luck for today ;)
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Silvio Maridati
2018-12-16 11:10:51
Hallo Ihr Drei
Tolle Reiseberichte -mein Kompliment!
FRAGE: Wer (Firma) hat Euch die Bikes jeweils transportiert? Und wie (See- oder Luftfracht) wurden die Bikes transportiert?
Ich plane für 2019 Südamerika ;-))
In Eurem Letzten Bericht zeigt Ihr, wie die Bikes in BsAs in Gestelle verladen werden. Wer hat das für Euch organisiert und was hat der Spass gekostet?

Freue mich auf Eure sehr nützlichen Infos unter meiner Mailadresse silvio@maridati.ch

Vielen herzlichen Dank und allzeit saubere Vorderräder!

Silvio Maridati
Roosstrasse 53
CH-8832 Wollerau / Schweiz
+41796112425
silvio@maridati.ch
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