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32° | sunny / rainy | km 108

Who needs snow?

on 2017-09-26 in Nicaragua
The border to Nicaragua took longer than expected and once we got our customs papers stamped and our insurance taken care of we were once again faced with a decision. Riding for about an hour in complete darkness to try to catch up with the German group in León or look for a hotel along the way and miss out on the opportunity to get to know some fellow travelers. As you can guess we decided to head to León. As it turned out the road from the border to the town was well paved and further extremely well marked. The lines on the road reflected our lights very well and therefor it was easy riding all the way to the city.

We had decided to stop by the hotel the German group had given us before and check if we could afford a night there. We quickly realized that their budget allowed for a little more luxury than ours, so after exchanging WhatsApp contacts we went on to look for a cheaper hotel for us. We managed to find a nice empty hostel that allowed us to park our bikes inside the reception. After settling in, we set a meeting with the Germans in a nearby restaurant and went quickly on our way. We were greeted in the restaurant by the large group of bikers, five men and one woman from Bavaria! We quickly got along well and had a lot of fun talking about past experiences, how they had met and what their plan was. They were going the same way as us three but in less time which is why they were in quite a hurry to go on. Luckily not this night, after the restaurant had closed we went on to another bar, where we let the evening go out with some more beers and more great stories. We did not expect at first to get along this well which is why we were quite sad to see them leave the next day. But they were on a tight schedule and so they had to get going again. We wish them the best in their travels and we hope to meet each other again for another round of drinks and maybe some riding! You can read their stories here: https://panamericaweb.wordpress.com/.

Our main reason why we had chosen to go to León was that we had heard that it is possible to sled down an active volcano nearby. Sounds terrifying? Well you have no idea! Booking was easy, the price was alright and after worrying for a bit if the weather would hold up we soon sat in a bus on our way to the volcano Cerro Negro. We were lucky our guide was very nice and walked up with us, whilst taking pictures and explaining the area. It was not raining anymore but the fog made enjoying the view almost impossible. But we were not here just for the view. We were here to see how quickly we could sled down a volcano! The tour gave us all the equipment we needed, a big blue onesie, some safety goggles, gloves and most importantly a wooden board with a handle mounted on it. After a brief explanation we set off. Basti was up first. We watched him slowly start sledding down the mountain, it did not look very fast especially since half way to the fog he hit a bit of loose gravel and stopped once more. A bit disappointed we watched him struggle to get going again until he soon disappeared in the thick fog. Denis and Fabi looked at each other and quickly decided that braking was for sissies. The goal now was feet up and lets go as quickly as possible! Denis was next. He readied himself, once the guide gave the signal he went off. What neither Fabi nor Denis knew at this point was that in the midst of the fog was a big hole, one where Basti had actually been thrown off his sled before... Denis unknowingly started as fast as he could, no brakes just lifting the feet up and leaning as far back as possible, once he went into the fog he realized that the sled was picking up a lot of speed. Braking was no real option at this point and so he hit the same hole as Basti... unfortunately with a lot more speed! He and his sled jumped up into the air, flipped and Denis came to a crushing halt on the rough gravel. The guide was immediately quite concerned because he had watched him hitting his head on the fall. Denis quickly shook off his pain though but both he and the guide decided that it would be better to switch lanes. Fabi was still clueless on the top and waited for his turn. It was not until Denis shouted to him to switch to another lane that he realized it might be a little more dangerous than expected. Fabi managed not to crash but his scarf, protecting his mouth and nostrils from all the gravel and dirt fell down during a bump leaving him struggling to catch a breath on his way down. It was a lot more fun and a bigger adrenaline rush than we had ever imagined.

What a great experience! Having done it now we would recommend it to anyone looking for some thrills in Nicaragua.
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34° | sunny / rainy | km 301

Surfin' Nicaragua

on 2017-09-27 in Nicaragua
Our guide from the volcano boarding had mentioned that there was another active volcano in Nicaragua where we could see hot lava in the crater. Intrigued by his description we decided to put this on our list of sights, especially because it was more or less on our route anyways.

We arrived in Masaya at nightfall, the volcano with the same name was nearby but we decided to check into a hostel first. We had been hit by another shower and all we wanted was to get out of our soaking wet gear. Our hostel owner was nice enough to call the front gate of the volcano to check if it was open. As it turned out it was not. So we went for dinner, after which we decided to check what opening hours the volcano had. Google told us from 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. AND from 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.. We realized that the owner had called in the hour where the park was always closed. So we quickly jumped on our bikes and tried to reach the crater in time because we had been told the molten lava is best to see at night. Sadly the guard at the gate would not let us pass even though we had arrived 10 minutes before closing time. So we had to give it another try the next morning...

Denis and Fabi took the chance of a late start to check out one of the nearby bars. While drinking their first Rum and Coke (Only 1,50$) two elderly ladies nearby started to gain a lot of interest in them... During the second drink they sat down at their table. The conversation was fun at first but quickly turned into more than we ever wanted. The bar tender had his fun, Fabi and Denis quickly chugged down their drinks and left two very disappointed ladies behind.

The following morning we headed up to the volcano's crater. This time we were allowed to ride up and enjoy the impressive sight and sound of the crater. We were able to spot some molten lava and the orange glow from it. Quite an impressive sight to behold. We were not allowed to walk up to the highest point because the wind was blowing the fumes towards that spot. It was still worth the visit. Just before we wanted to head back down the volcano a couple more buses arrived at the parking spot and unloaded a bunch of teenagers. We saw that a couple of the girls tried to sneak a selfie with us and so we decided to wave them over towards us, so that they could take some closeups with us. The volcano was immediately forgotten and the next couple of minutes we were surrounded by shouting girls trying to snap the perfect picture. After having taken pictures with each and everyone of us we turned on our engines and headed on.

We rode towards a famous surfer town in the South of Nicaragua - San Juan del Sur. We had made good distance the past days and so we decided to take some time off and spend a couple of days in this nice relaxed surfer village. The hostel was great and each morning we extended for another day. We even spent two days in the water trying to get the hang of surfing. Almost a week later we headed on towards the border to Costa Rica. The last country before Panama.
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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