World Tour - Europe, Asia, North and South America - Entries for: United States of America

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16° | sunny | km 387

Hollywood here we come!

on 2017-02-14 in
Our flight from Kuala Lumpur to Los Angeles took roughly 24 hours and went down without any problems. We landed on Tuesday around 10 o'clock. Before we were able to get off the plane we had to wait a little while because apparently there was another plane in the way and we couldn't get to the terminal yet. Once the doors to the cabin were open two Policemen came in and immediately arrested someone a couple of seats behind us!! Welcome to the United States of America!

We only traveled with hand luggage that's why we were able to leave the airport quite quickly. We took a cab to a hostel that we had booked with booking.com in advance. Once we arrived we were told to better lock up all valuables in one of the lockers. In a room with 20 other persons we certainly were going to do that anyways. We soon found out why this was one of the cheapest places around in Los Angeles. It was not in the nicest part of town and we were soon reminded of many American movies. A homeless guy trotting over the street with his belongings in a shopping cart. Some walked around with their pants just above their knees, the boxers under their butts and an over sized T-shirt covering the rest, all while playing load music from a modern boom box.

Since we had landed early in the morning, we had the whole day in front of us. We wanted to beat the jet lag which is why we decided to spent the day wandering around on Manhattan Beach. It was way to cold to go swim. Only a few surfers decided to go out which left the entire beach empty.
After half a year in Southeast Asia our excitement about the first juicy, big, American burger was written all over our faces. And it tasted unbelievably good even though the prices compared to all the other places we had been to so far left us in shock. That day we did not really experience nightfall since we fell asleep before that.

Our bikes arrived a day later and after running to a couple of checkpoints we soon were able to unpack them. We were allowed to leave our crates at the cargo area and so we found ourselves soon back on our bikes riding through America. What an amazing feeling to ride on our own bikes through the United States!

Since we are always surprised over and over again at how much stuff fits into our luggage cases we decided to take a private room for the rest of our stay so that we would not have to worry about forcefully leaving with less gear. Someone in our room had a couple of things stolen the night before so we were very conscious about not leaving anything laying around.

Since Denis' Sena 10C did not survive the heavy floods in Thailand we set up a meeting with Sena, which had luckily their Headquarters in Los Angeles. We had a great time and Denis not only got a new Sena 10C but also got a brand new Sena Prism action camera. Thanks to this we will have a couple of new perspectives in our America videos. On top Basti and Denis were able to try out the Sena Honda Africa Twin. Especially the DCT version was of big interest for them. Many Thanks to Alyssa and Chris for this great day and for taking such good care of us.

We spent the entire next day exploring LA and touring around the Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills. We walked across the infamous Walk of Fame and spent some time taking in the local sights. It does not sound incredibly exciting but it was more than worth our time.
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5° | sunny | km 676

Who's got the snow chains?

on 2017-02-23 in
After neither Jessica Alba nor Scarlett Johansson or Keanu Reeves had found time to meet us in Los Angeles we decided to leave and explore the vast open spaces of the United States. It is an incredible feeling to knowingly begin the journey through this incredible continent and to look ahead at the many miles that lay ahead of us.

After a quick stop at the RawHyde Adventures training ground we decided to take them up on their advices and head up towards the Sequoia National Park. We were amazed by the green mountains, the pleasant cool climate and the beautiful mountain passes. We stayed near Lake Isabella at around 1000 meters. Temperatures dropped at night but soon picked back up as soon as the sun came out. We planned to cross an 2500 meter high mountain the next day and decided to get some information from the locals about the road conditions. Most answers pointed to a closed road but as it is by now expected from us we still decided to give it a try. Following the motto "a little snow can't stop us" we headed towards the mountain pass on a beautiful day.
We road up a perfect road and we were very optimistic up until the tarmac was suddenly covered by a lot of snow. The first attempts of Fabi and Denis were met by immediate defeat... But then suddenly Basti rolled past them, thanks to a steady hand on the throttle. A couple of tries later Fabi and Denis managed to catch up. We managed to go from one small spot of tarmac to the next by keeping the speed over long periods of snow. At some point we decided to use straps to give our rear tire more traction. This worked surprisingly well, but when at some point we were passed by a snow plow that mentioned to us that we had only done 5 kilometers at a snow height of 1 meter and we had 40 more kilometers of heights up to 3-4 meters we knew that we would not be making it before sunset. We gave up and returned back to the same hotel. Just when we arrived back on the road it also started to snow. Still it was an incredible and exciting day with finally some challenges again.

The next day we headed towards Death Valley where we would - thanks to another tip of Jim Hyde from RawHyde - be spending one night on an incredible Oasis in Saline Valley. But before we headed into Death Valley where we agreed to stay at an hot spring close by. The name of the hot spring was "Dirty Socks" and that was spot on. We had bought noodles and sauce in a nearby gas station and after getting our stove to work and eating the temperatures had already dropped below freezing. We still decided to go into the hot spring which quickly turned out to be more of a warm spring which was just not warm enough for the temperatures outside. After a quick bath we immediately went into our tents and into the warm sleeping bags. We do not know how cold it actually got, Fabis weather forecast on his phone displayed -4° Fahrenheit but it must have been a bit warmer. At least in our tents we were still able to sleep well. The next morning a small puddle by our tents was frozen over.

We were excited about leaving towards Death Valley the next morning but it was even more stunning than we had imagined. We found ourselves on good paved roads, beautiful gravel roads and trails all whilst being surrounded by mountains, dunes, dried out lake beds and untouched nature where ever we looked. The second hot spring more than made up for our experience on the one before. It is kept in shape by a couple of guys that live there and it is an amazing sight. Just like a Oasis in the movies and with clear hot water we more than enjoyed our stay there for the night. At a bonfire we got to know a couple of other interesting people and exchanged stories. We found out that the road we had planned to take the next day would still have snow on it for about 10 kilometers. You can guess where we headed the next morning.

After packing up we headed towards the snow on the north road of Saline Valley. As expected we soon found snow but luckily it was a lot less then the day before. Our practice payed off and we soon found ourselves on the other side where we rewarded ourselves with a typical American barbecue.
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15° | sunny | km 519

Tarmac is boring!

on 2017-02-27 in
We rode from the small town Bishop back towards Death Valley the next day. Following Death Valley Road we soon found ourselves on a well maintained gravel road. Exactly what we had been looking for. We were not sure if this road would be open since it had rained a lot these past weeks.

We got along quickly until we turned off the main road to have a look at the infamous moving rocks. Soon we were met by a rough road with washboards that reminded us of the times we had in Mongolia. From time to time our suspensions had to handle big rocks covered from sand. We still had fun and road further towards the moving rocks. For the longest time it was uncertain how these up to 700 pound heavy rocks managed to leave tracks along the dried out lake bed. Especially in this region aliens always seem to be a viable option! In the end it turned out to be a little less spectacular. Most scientist agree that it is a combination of frozen water on the surface and the high wind speeds in this area. Still a couple of these tracks looked suspiciously like UFO start and landing tracks ;) You might notice in the pictures that we had different emotions about this place.

After a small walk across the lake bed and a couple of pictures we turned around the way we came from. The washboards and stones were surely happy to see us for the second time this day. Fabi asked Denis after a short while if he would like to switch up bikes once more to see the differences in this tough terrain. We quickly switched but the change did not last for long...
Already after a view miles Denis had managed to brake Fabi's front tire that had been welded in Tajikistan, due to his ruthless riding style. ;) He had managed to get a hit exactly on the weakened part of the rim which caused it to bend once more. Banging the rim back was much easier than the first time around but we were once again not able to seal it completely which is why we had to use a tube in the end. Darkness was settling in and whilst Fabi and Denis fixed the tire Basti had started to get dinner ready and set up the tents. Just when we were about to head to bed we saw some lights followed by a loud clanking sound. As it turned out we were not the only ones with tire issues. Four guys in a jeep had managed to blow out one of their front tires and they were making their way back out to the road on the remainders of their rim. We sadly could not help them out and so they headed on towards the main road.

Well rested we continued our journey the next day and the fixed tire was not giving us any further problems. Next stop was Titus Canyon. Normally passable by car it was apparently closed at this time. We walked up a bit and after a short time Denis and Fabi were certain the road was only meant to be closed for cars. Basti had a different opinion and so we parted ways for this short distance. Not like Fabis front rim which had no other option then to come along.
The canyon road lasted for only 30 kilometers but those were more than spectacular. There was almost no trail to be seen. Mostly we struggled through a washed out river bed with loose gravel slowly "surfing" our way up the canyon. Our surroundings were impressive and a once in a lifetime feeling crept up on us. To be able to enjoy this on a bike especially our own is a feeling that is hard to explain.

After making it across we met up with Basti in the small village Beatty and after lunch we headed towards Las Vegas!
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21° | sunny | km 243

Jackpot!

on 2017-03-02 in
It was already dark by the time we turned onto the Las Vegas Strip. We passed the brightly lid up Hotels and Casinos. Especially the famous Mirage, the Caesar Palace or the Bellagio stood out from the rest. We were amazed and almost hypnotized by all the lights, the LED panels and the people trotting along the walkways. It was hard to keep up with traffic whilst watching the spectacle around us. We had picked one of the cheapest hotels in the city which luckily was still very close to the strip. One of the biggest surprises was a large advertisement about the David Copperfield show who we had just days before thought to have died already...

We did not only plan on going gambling, but it was also time to change spark plugs and adjust the valves of both Hondas after 30,000 miles. Since we did not carry the right tools for the valves we had to look for a Honda dealer to help us out. Even though we wanted to take the bikes apart ourselves the prices were still astronomical. Which is why we decided on not doing anything yet and picking up some other parts at the next Cyclegear.
We had the luck of getting to know Greg, who was the manager of this Cyclegear shop and after mentioning to him that we were trying to service our bikes he told us about a little independent bike shop around the corner. He said that Mike is an extraordinary mechanic and we should just drop by and see for ourselves. After getting the location we jumped back on our bikes and drove off. What we did not know is that from the moment that we walked into the shop our time in Las Vegas was about to change tremendously.

We walked into the store and were greeted by Mike, the owner, his wife Heather and AJ, who was helping Mike out in the shop for the last couple of weeks. Pretty soon we realized that we had not walked into any regular bike shop. Mike and Heather together with Viking Mike are running a successful racing team that just last year won the Baja in their first attempt!!
We exchanged stories while taking our bikes apart. We immediately got along very well and after a short delay of some spare parts, they offered that we could stay with them for the next couple of days. Of course we gladly followed their invitation and stayed for the remaining time at their house.

We had not been extremely lucky in the casinos but with Heather and Mike we had gotten a major jackpot which was worth more than any money that we could have won. It was incredible how they cared for us and how Heather had managed to get all the needed parts even though parts for the Africa Twin were still very hard to get in the US. Thanks to them we experienced an entirely different side of Vegas and the United States. We went together with them to the Mint400 (a Trophy Truck race), got the chance to watch Nascar and rode into the nearby desert to ride some off road and shoot some guns. Also we managed to go to the Hofbräuhaus in Vegas and show them some Bavarian traditions.

We actually managed to see David Copperfield live and in person and we can honestly say that he is not only a great magician but also an incredibly funny entertainer. Also the second show we saw was very entertaining: Jabbawockeez.

Later that night we played a little game of Roulette in our new favorite Casino: The Hooters Casino! It was also the only one that let us play with as little as 2$.
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21° | sunny | km 651

Will the fun ever end?

on 2017-03-08 in
This morning we had something entirely new planned for us. We had met someone at the Mint400 that had organized a photo shoot in a Japanese magazine just for us. After meeting up with them we rode out to a dried out lake bed where we took a couple of pictures. What an interesting experience for us! One we would gladly do again. We were told the article would make it into the magazine around August but since it will be entirely in Japanese there will not be a lot for us to read :).

Later that day we ate at a local Subway. Out of nowhere someone walked by and once he spotted us he waved excitedly and came into the restaurant. As it turned out he was also an enthusiastic motorcyclist named Gary and he would invite us to ride with him the next day around Vegas to see some sights. We followed his invitation which is why we rode together to the Hoover Dam and the Valley of Fire the next day. The dimensions of the Dam were incredible especially if you consider when and with what it was built.
Even more spectacular for us was the Valley of Fire. The incredible sight and the diversity of rock formations and colors were unfathomable at first. After an amazing day and after a cup of coffee we parted ways with Gary. Thanks again for this beautiful day ride!

But we were not finished with the fun in Vegas yet! Heather and Mike had one idea after another and taking a break was not yet an option. After visiting an old abandoned ghost town named Oatman, which was part of the Route 66 we went to see a Nascar race the next day. We went together with AJ and Heather who were bashing the sport all the way to the racetrack. But once we heard the first cars race by the sound and the atmosphere caught us all by surprise. The noise was deafening, the rubber from the tires was sprayed across the viewers and you could feel the wind from the cars as they passed us. What an incredible feeling! Even though we had no idea about the rules or the racers at first we soon had all picked our favorites and started cheering them on!

With a little adrenaline left from the race we all went together to the Hofbräuhaus later that day. And what can we say!? It was nice to finally be home for one day! Traditional food and beer was a very welcomed sight after such a long time! With it a great, be it Austrian band, that played a lot of customary Oktoberfest songs. And as it is with a real Oktoberfest at midnight we had to go home but as it is also customary we went further and saw a great 80's show in one of the casinos!

To round of the weekend we went with our hosts to the desert the next day to unload some guns and ride around in the dirt. Believe it or not this is still not where our Vegas experience ended! Just before we actually wanted to leave Vegas we had an exciting night ahead of us. We were invited to be part of an exhibition as a vendor. The exhibition was held by Cyclegear for all their partners. We were the "outsiders". It was a very interesting night and we told our story to anyone that wanted to listen. We had a lot of fun and with this experience would love to do it again.

Once again we realized how lucky we are that we have the time to change our plans as we like. We only wanted to stay in Vegas for 5-6 days and in the end we stayed for almost three weeks. Three weeks we will surely never forget and all thanks to the amazing people we had met there just by luck. Once more we want to thank Mike, Heather, AJ and Debbie, a good friend of the family, with all our heart for taking us in and giving us the chance to share this incredible time.
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23° | sunny | km 1439

Unbelievable!

on 2017-03-16 in
After a really nice time in Vegas it was time for us to pack our gear up and continue our journey. We headed towards the many sensational National Parks in Utah and we were excited to be back on the road. First up was Zion National Park. We had planned to camp but even though the campsite looked empty we were surprised to find out that most of them were full. We did not want to believe the signs so we still decided to drive up to the reception desk and ask in person. Believe it or not but the warden confirmed what the signs had told us before - all spots were taken. Just when we were about to leave one car left the campground and let the warden know that they would not be staying for the night. We immediately took the spot and decided to let another couple that was also hoping for a camp spot join our group and our camp spot. While we were setting up our tents we realized why we thought that the campground was empty. Each camp spot had space for at least two large RV's or what seemed like space for 8 tents. Every spot also had a table and two benches as well as a fire pit with an attached grill.

The next day we got up early and decided to explore more of the Zion National Park. We were stunned by the colorful rocks and mountains surrounding this narrow canyon. After a while we headed towards Bryce Canyon where we were still met by snow. Nevertheless the view of the cliffs was spectacular and we soon realized why these places were as famous as they are. After Bryce we headed further towards Arches National Park. We decided to spend the night near Escalante on a path towards the nearby slot canyons. To walk as little as possible we headed along a single trail at night to find a good spot to set up camp.
When we set up camp it was already very dark. Fabi has not had a lot of luck with things keeping air. He already had a couple of flat tires, his pillow was leaking since some time and his tent had had issues with punctures in the past. At this night his mattress became part of his long lasting struggle. Somehow he missed a small cactus near some brushes and managed to set up his tent right on top of it. When he threw in the air mattress the tiny but very sharp needles punctured the mattress immediately in a couple of spots.

After an uncomfortable night for Fabi we headed towards the slot canyons the next morning and after getting back to our bikes we continued our journey towards the Arches National Park. Before we made it to the Arches we stopped thanks to a tip at the Goblin State Park. The weird rock formation were a unique sight and once more highlighted this incredible unusual landscape. Arches was an even more stunning sight. There were all kind of different rock formations to be found there and the fact that some of the large Arches were still intact was mind blowing.
On our way towards Sedona we also passed Monument Valley where we decided to save the entrance fee since we did not have time to walk the extensive network of trails.
When we arrived in Sedona we were greeted by Mike, Heather, Debbie, AJ and the kids. We were not able to stay separated for more then 3 days and so we stayed the next couple of days in Sedona enjoying the company and the incredible sights around this place.
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25° | sunny | km 0

Sedona and the Canyon

on 2017-03-20 in United States of America
Just before we arrived at a friends house we got to ride a nice curvy mountain road whilst it was slowly getting dark. Heather, Mike and the rest were waiting for us at a restaurant in Sedona.

The house looked amazing and we were promised that the next morning with the view would even be more impressive. The house was built on top of a small mountain and it had large windows in every room so that you would never miss the incredible view. To better understand the size of the property you have to take into account that we had to take a golf cart down from the main house to our guest rooms. After we had unpacked we spent the rest of the night in front of a bonfire where we let the night run it's course.

The following day we all walked up a nearby mountain or to be more precise one of those massive red rocks. The view from the top was more than worth the short hike! The hike itself was already a lot of fun but when AJ took us to an off road track to try out the old Jeep we immediately knew the fun was not over yet!
To this day we do not know how the road was able to deteriorate to this point. It was riddled with large rocks, big ruts and gravel. There was no straight piece of path to be found. It was obvious that AJ had a lot of fun pushing the Jeep over this path. We on the other hand had to hold on tightly not to get thrown out of the car. We all took turns and the early caution soon gave way to faster maneuvers. It was surprising to us how much beating the Jeep could take. AJ was back in the seat at last and he let the Jeep fly for the rest of the trip. We braced ourselves inside the Jeep and held on as well as we could. But the Jeep held up great, just the radio decided at some point to fall out of the dash but it was already loose when we started. We didn't imagine to have this much fun with four wheels :)

A day later we all went to the south side of the Grand Canyon. For this journey we decided to leave our bikes behind and join everyone else in the car. It was a good decision since the road to the Canyon was straight and long... something we would surely experience a lot in the next few months through the US.
The Grand Canyons sheer size and width is unfathomable. It is hard to explain it with words and even the pictures don't do it any justice. We walked along the ledge for a while and just let the view sink in.
Later that evening we visited Don, who has a small collection of custom cars and bikes. In his garage/man cave we had everything a man could wish for. We spend the night playing pool and sharing some great stories. We ended up playing "Three Ball" and even though we were no match for Don we still had a great time.

The next two days we shared some great German breakfast with our neighbor Birgit. She also had incredible stories to tell and we loved the company. Overall we enjoyed ourselves very much in Sedona and we would like to thank everyone for their great hospitality. Saying goodbye was still not the hardest part since we already knew that we would be heading back to Vegas and quite certainly also to Sedona.
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15° | sunny | km 1233

Hello flatlands and old friend

on 2017-03-23 in United States of America
We actually managed to leave quite early and so we had the entire day ahead of us when we left Sedona. It had rained the night before and therefore it had gotten quite chilly. Thanks to our full riding gear we had no problems with the cold at first but Sedona was only 1.300 meters high. What we did not know at the beginning was that we would be heading up much further soon. It was hard to notice an incline since there were no tight bends anywhere but soon we found ourselves on a plateau which was up to 2800 meters high. High winds blew snow from the side of the road across the street and soon the tarmac was covered by a thin layer of snow. It was an unreal scenery around us. Whilst we were fighting through the dancing snow and high winds we realized how surreal it must have looked for the oncoming traffic to see us three struggling through the weather. Even though we were slowly beginning to freeze we still managed to keep a steady hand on the throttle and make our way safely across the mountain top. The vote for hotel or tent went quickly 3 - 0 for hotel this evening and so we rolled into the next town on the look for a warm place to spend the night. Since we were still above 2000 meters and the temperatures were in the single digits (Celsius ;) ) we were quite surprised to see that our bikes had gotten some new decorations in the form of icicles on the mudguards.

The next day did not start out much warmer but we were slowly heading down. Our goal for the day was Socorro in New Mexico where we would meet up with Ethan an old high school friend of Fabi's. On our way we experienced some of the roads that we would have to take the next couple of weeks. All in all long and straight.
Early that evening we arrived at Ethans house and he immediately showed us the local bar. A wooden house, blacked out windows and a bar keeper that fit the bill. We had a blast! Later that night we ate some lentils at Ethans friends house and just enjoyed the company.

We started the next day by sleeping in but we still had an important mission for this day. Fabi's rear tire was at the end of its lifespan and had to be changed. We had made plans to go to the Cyclegear in Albuquerque to change the tire and get some other important parts. When we arrived and removed the rear tire we were surprised to see the tires webbing in some parts. It was even more urgent than we had anticipated. Fabi knew that his battery was also slowly giving up since he had problems starting the bike in the cold and his voltmeter showed "unusual" numbers. But since they did not have any gel or lithium batteries for the BMW we decided to continue and look for a new one in Texas. Ethan advised us to go to Santa Fe north of Albuquerque to have a look at Meow Wolf, a sort of artistic house.
A couple of kilometers before we got to Santa Fe we took a short brake, when we got back onto the bikes Fabis bike did not turn on anymore. Nothing worked... soon we concluded that the battery had completely stopped working. Even when we jump started the bike as soon as we took the connection off it immediately shut down again. So we quickly decided that Fabi would head back to Albuquerque to get a new starter battery and Basti and Denis would head on towards Meow Wolf.
Meow Wolf was interesting but in retrospect we might not be the best people to visit these places or we were not in the right state of mind. Santa Fe was a nice town to see nonetheless although it seemed to be a bit cheesy in places.
After a couple of hours we headed back to the parking lot where Fabi had already fixed his bike and was waiting to head back together towards Socorro.
We had just made it in time for Ethans roommates going away party and so we enjoyed a real American house party in the end :)

Since it had gotten late the night before we started the next day very late. In the late afternoon we went for a short hike with Ethan to a nearby Canyon. The way the setting sun lit up the rocks was astonishing and we enjoyed our walk through it very much. Once we climbed on top we were back in the sheer vastness that surrounds you basically everywhere in the Midwest.
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24° | sunny / rainy | km 1292

Green Texas?

on 2017-03-27 in United States of America
We said our good byes the next morning and started heading towards Texas. Ethan had mentioned that the White Sands National Monument would be a great stop and since it was pretty much on our route we decided to check it out. We had only seen some pictures so we were really surprised at how big it was once we got there. The road into the dunes started as a tarmac road but towards the end turned into a well maintained white sand path. The size of the area was stunning and we were glad that we were able to take our bikes through most of it. The sun was shining and once we stopped we soon felt the heat creeping into every corner of our riding gear. We walked around for a bit end enjoyed the white soft sand. People around us were using the slopes of the dunes to slide down on either self built sleds or even snowboards. It looked like a lot of fun but for us the view was enough. We rode back out grabbed something to eat in the next town and headed on towards Texas.

We knew we wouldn't make it to the border but we decided to ride as long as possible almost up until the sun had set. Finding a camp spot turned out to be more of a challenge than we had thought since the region that we were in had a lot of gas pumps and was fenced of for that matter. Not only that put in some cases we were turned away by the stench of gases. In the end we did find a suitable spot near the highway. It had gotten dark already so it was quickly time for us to turn in.

The next morning we enjoyed watching the scenery change from desert like New Mexico to a more green Texan environment. Overall we were surprised how much of Texas is being used as farmland and how vast the fields appear. The crops stretched as far as our eyes could see and we could only image what machinery was used to farm these fields. Once we got into Texas winds were picking up around us. After riding through them for a while we decided to check them out since we saw dark storm clouds on the horizon. There were some thunderstorm and tornado warnings to the north of our position so we continued riding south east. We changed our plans from camping to staying in a motel once we realized that there would most certainly some remaining storms hitting us later that night. After having dinner at a good barbecue place in Brady we had a couple of beers in a local bar and our way home we noticed that the winds were starting to pick back up. That night heavy rains and storms passed over us and we were very glad to have made the decision to stay in an hotel.

The next morning the sun was back out and we headed on towards San Antonio in perfect riding conditions. We wanted to see the infamous Alamo and experience some of the history. What we did not know and not expect was the beautiful center of San Antonio.
The way to San Antonio was as straight as one can image maybe one or two slight bends but other than that it was a perfect straight road.
The Fort Alamo is special to history because there was an important fight in the war for Texan liberation from Mexico. The odds were not in favor of the Texan soldiers and in the end they did loose but not without doing significant damage to the Mexican forces. Especially the fact that after the fight a lot more people joined the Texan liberation forces made this place an important turning point in the war. The fort itself was converted from an old Spanish missionary and the tour through it explained the circumstances surrounding the fight very well. After our short lesson in culture we decided to take a look at the nearby city center.

There was a canal formed around the city center with a form of gondola floating around. Along the canal led a walkway with occasional bridges spanning across the canal. Nearby hotels had fountains connected to the canal and there was a wide variety of restaurants and bars along this walkway. It emitted a very special ambiance and we quickly decided to have lunch at one of the restaurants at the canal. We were positively surprised about the city and noted it as one of the nicest cities we have seen so far.

We still decided to go on towards Houston where we were looking forward to see the Nasa Space Center and take part at the Cycle Gear's Second Annual Go Ride event. Whilst looking for a camp site we rode along some vast stretching properties where there would have been plenty of space to camp. Since all of the properties were fenced off we took some time to find a small spot where we could set up camp. We obviously could have also asked someone if we could camp in their property but we wanted to find a spot on our own. A small note on the side, even though we were very happy to be back in a green environment we immediately found out one of the biggest disadvantages... the mosquitoes were back!
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28° | sunny | km 2017

Houston we have NO problem!

on 2017-03-31 in United States of America
We managed to find some small back country roads from San Antonio to Houston and we were pleasantly surprised by the landscape. At least it was not as bad as we were told before :). Once we got to Houston we faced normal city traffic and stayed overnight at a nice hotel. Our plan was to go to the NASA Space Center the next day to have a look at the infamous Houston control center and see a replica of a space shuttle on top of a Boeing jet.

The museum was very interesting even when you do not know too much about the entire space program like us. There were a couple of different shows and tours as well as pictures and models of things that are or were used in space. The three main attractions were the control center, the Saturn V Rocket and the shuttle. It was interesting to see and hear the stories of the control station during that time and the shuttle was an impressive sight on top of the jet. But what we really did not expect was the immense size of the Saturn V Rocket. This really blew our minds. All in all a very interesting experience and definitely worth ones time in our opinion.

The next day we went to one of the three Cycle Gear stores in Houston. We had a great time with Gus and his staff. We had some great conversation with customers as well as his staff and we enjoyed ourselves very much. Thanks again Gus and Cycle Gear for giving us the opportunity to share our stories.

Our next destination was New Orleans. We only had heard great things about the city and soon decided to mark is one of our must sees. We were by now used to the boring straight roads and had accepted our fate for the next month. We decided to stay near the city center because we wanted to check out the night life which in turn meant we had to stay in a rather expensive hotel with outrageous parking prices. In the end we decided to park in a parking garage nearby that we were at least able to split the lot and only pay 30$ once... New Orleans offers two choices to go to at night. There is the older Frenchmen street with classic Jazz bars and restaurants and then there is the Bourbon street where you can find a lot of different crazy bars with even crazier party people. We obviously visited both to have the full experience. We had dinner in Frenchman street which was very good and we had some nice Jazz live music playing in the same restaurant. Later we decided to go back to Bourbon street and enjoy the night life there. It was more our kind of music and there was one bar crazier than the next one. We finally managed to get some long awaited bull riding done, which was a lot of fun :)

The next day we decided to head on towards Orlando. Bastis Girlfriend would soon be flying in and we wanted to get the Wilbers suspension of the Hondas installed.
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27° | sunny | km 752

Mickey Mouse

on 2017-04-07 in United States of America
We have spent countless miles on straight multi lane roads until we arrived in Orlando... But we were not only for the amusement parks in Orlando but had to get some needed maintenance on the bikes done. Denis and Basti switched their shocks to new ones from Wilbers and Denis also switched his front fork springs. Fabi had to wait until Daytona Beach since the replacement of the ESA springs needed some mechanical expertise.

Basti was very busy the following two days to find out when his girlfriend would make it to Orlando. Since Olga was using a standby ticket it was not set at what exact time she would arrive. In the end it took two days since she was luckily able to take the second flight. Whilst Basti and Olga were a bit stressed about the entire situation, Fabi and Denis decided to go for a round of gokarts. It was the first time for Denis to have a go in an electric kart, at first he was not excited about it but soon he realized that e-karts were quite quick and were not as susceptible to weight differences. We rode race after race until our arms were burning due to exhaustion. Up to the bitter end we tried beating the lap record but in the end we had to give up. Fabi was two tenth of a second away and Denis was four tenth' away. But we have bought a 10 race packet and since there are more than one track in the US our karting experience is to be continued...

With a slight sore we headed to the local Cycle Gear the next morning to chance some parts that have been giving us a headache for some time. Thanks to Olga, Fabi was - !finally! - able to change his in Tajikistan damaged front rim and Denis was able to change his front brake rotors. Those had begun to gain too much play and they were making an unsettling noise when braking harder. Since maintenance is always a good time to find new surprises on the bikes, Denis got another worrisome surprise from his rear bearing. At first we thought his bearing had given up for the third time but upon closer inspection we found out that due to his earlier damages to the rim dirt had gotten outside of the bearing and damaged to hub. Up to an extent that the bearing was able to move inside the hub... Thanks to our connections to Mike in Vegas we soon found out that for the time being we would be able to mend it with Loctite's "Sleeve Retainer". During this entire time Basti was picking out clothes with Olga and we will leave open at this point who had a harder time.

Sadly all Auto stores were already closed by the time we were looking for that magic sleeve retainer. So we had to settle for another day in Orlando. Basti and Olga decided to spend the day with Mickey Mouse and his friends in the famous Disney World. They were amazed how well the different areas are designed and it was really easy to get lost in a different world. The rides on the other hand were not as exciting. But Basti told us that towards the end even he started waving back at people with a weird smile. Overall is Disney more worth a visit for families with kids but it was still worth the visit.
In the meantime Denis' repair looked promising and after just an hour the bearing had become fixed again. But we still had to wait another 23 hours until the setting time was achieved. Since all four of us did not plan on watching the glue set we decided to split up the next day. Basti and Olga would head towards the Everglades and Denis and Fabi after being stationary in Orlando for another day decided to make the best of it and go to see SeaWorld.

Our main expectation was to watch some fishes swimming behind glass windows but we were positively surprised from the moment we rode the first roller coaster. All of them were quite intense and after three coasters in a row we could feel the adrenaline pumping, only Fabi's stomach wasn't too happy about it. To calm down and in contrast to the coasters we decided to spend some time watching and touching some of the mantas. Soon we had our route figured out and so we headed to our first show. First up were the sea lions and we immediately got the impression that the bond between trainer and the animals was special. After the sea lions we went straight to the infamous Orca show. It was breathtaking to watch these large creatures perform all sorts of figures just by a hand signal of the trainers. The audience was also sprayed with a lot of water and everyone had a great time. After the show our stomachs were ready for a couple more roller coasters followed by a dolphin show. In the end the day had turned out to be a lot more exciting than we had anticipated.
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Key West and back

on 2017-04-13 in United States of America
The sleeve retainer held what it promised and so we headed out to meet up with Basti and Olga. They started celebrating his birthday by going for a Jet ski ride, where they could watch some Dolphins! Fabi and Denis made it at nightfall and therefore we were then able to celebrate Bastis birthday together.

We rode threw the Everglades on our way towards Key west. And for the first time we managed to spot wild Alligators and Crocodiles!
Early that evening we turned right for the last time... we would spend the following 110 miles at 45 mph on a single lane with a continuous no passing zone... After what felt like a lifetime we arrived at our friends Peters place at sundown. We had gotten in contact with Peter through Olaf, whom Fabi had met during his ride in the north of Thailand. After they had spent a fun night together talking about all the fun experiences of the journey Olaf had mentioned to him that he knew a fellow riding enthusiast in Key West. Four months later we arrived at the doorstep of Peters house. We immediately got along well and we had a great time together. He showed us some of the must sees in Key West and managed to spent some time with us. Overall we were not to active except for checking out some bars along Duval street. We also recovered on one of the beaches the next day and watched to sun go down on the so called Sunset Pier. Big thanks again to Peter who took us into his home with open arms and made our time in Key West even more special!

After just three days we headed back towards the Everglades. We certainly did not want to miss out on one of the infamous air boat tours through Alligator invested waters! We decided to take two tours. One on a slow boat that drove out onto the open sea. We spotted a couple of Crocodiles right at the start after that it was mostly bird watching. The highlight was a small shark fin that split through the water in front of us. Overall it was not too impressive. The Everglades National Park is a seemingly endless swamp area with a big animal population. On our way back we took a small detour on a gravel road and were suddenly confronted with a 3 meter long Crocodile. We jumped off the bikes to get some pictures with the Crocodile, which it did not like so much. So it got up and quickly slid into the water. We all were ready to immediately take off into whatever direction. The plan was to simply not be the slowest of the group.
A little later but with a ton more mosquito bites we arrived at a nearby Alligator Farm, which also offered air boat tours. There was nothing to see except for some iguanas and caymans therefore the ride was a lot more fun. We all came back wet but with big smiles on our faces.

We were not far from Miami where we had found a surprisingly affordable AirBnB. We arrived early but instead of running around we decided to take a slow day and enjoy the porch and garden a bit. The next day we rode along the famous Ocean Drive and took a look at the white beaches. Basti and Olga were a little bit more active and additionally visited Downtown, the South Pointe Beach and Lincoln Road, Miami Beach's shopping street.

At night we met up with Evan one of Bastis friends that had visited us three years ago on Oktoberfest. We planned to go to bed early but Evan showed us a great bar and suddenly no one wanted to go home...
Therefore we left Miami the next day around noon and headed back to Orlando. Thanks to the boring, straight and flat roads we arrived just a couple of hours later.

The time had flown by us again and it was time after just two weeks to say our goodbyes to Olga again. We on the other hand stayed a couple more days in Orlando to visit Universal studios and get some more information on Fabis ESA hick ups.
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Hogwarts and a couple of butter beers

on 2017-04-22 in United States of America
Our ex-coworker Steve had invited us this Saturday to join him and his friends for some German beers and food at a "Frühlingsfest". It was held annually and it would be as close to the Oktoberfest as you could get around here. Convincing us wasn't that hard and so we soon agreed to join him. Since it was quite far away from our hotel we had decided to go there by bike and not drink too much.
This turned quickly out to be a naive mistake and so we decided after the first Maß (1 Liter) of beer to leave the bikes on the parking lot over night. We had a fun night with lots of different kind of liquors and we once again realized that once you put German beer in front of us there is no stopping! Denis even managed to loose his phone that night but was luckily able to pick it up later from the last bar that we were in. Obviously just after trying to reach two different Uber drivers for more than two days!

After one day of sobering up we decided to look for more thrills by going to the Universal's Island of Adventure roller coaster park. Fabi had been there 11 years ago and Basti had also seen it somewhere in between. We walked in and just like 11 years ago we immediately went to the red and blue dragon coasters which was located as far away from the entrance as possible. The park had evolved a lot since the last time Fabi was there, especially the new Harry Potter themed part was completely new. Impressed by how well "Hogsmeade" was displayed we enjoyed our first ride of the day. Fabi and Denis went for a second round whilst Basti tried to paste himself by sitting one out. Over the course of the day we road all the coasters once, some even twice. After drying up from the Popeye water ride which was incredibly wet and fun, Denis and Fabi went all out on the Hulk roller coaster. About 4 times they rode it again and again. We had a great time and even though the coasters were not as tough as the ones in Sea World we still enjoyed every one of them.

After a long time in Orlando it was now time to pack up and journey on.
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27° | sunny | km 782

Lots of new things

on 2017-04-26 in United States of America
Our route let us straight North. Before we would leave Florida we would have to work on Bastis forks and change out Fabis rear and front suspension for new Wilbers components. But first we we enjoyed our day off at the pool and took our bikes out on the Daytona beach. Not a completely new experience for us but doing it legally was a welcomed change. After spending just a couple of Dollars to enter we were permitted to go as fast as 15 mph which is about idle speed 2nd gear. We made our way along the endless and very wide beach always staying within the marked areas. Parts of the path were even a bit deeper and therefor a bit challenging with our heavy bikes. Watching all sorts of pimped out jeeps and trucks was part of the fun.

The following day we had planned to meet Herman of Wheels and Wings. To change Fabis suspension some parts from the original suspension had to be reused which is why we could not do the change ourselves. Basti took that opportunity and he was going to have Herman do his fork springs and fork oil change as well. We were quite impressed when we saw that he had a half built airplane in his garage. We had thought that the “Wings” in his name stood for the Honda Wings…

Working on Fabis bike was exhausting but also a lot of fun thanks to Hermann who allowed us to use his entire Garage including his tools. The following 8 hours of work went by like a flash and soon we stood before two finished bikes. Overall we had managed to change both suspensions on the BMW as well as change out the fork oil that had been motor oil since Tajikistan. As well as changing out Bastis Fork springs and oil. To really try out our new suspension we sadly had to wait a little longer since there was no good road or trail anywhere in Florida.

Just before reaching the border to Georgia we stopped at an Oxford distributor in Jacksonville. After almost 40.000 miles both heated grips from Basti and Denis had given up. Thanks to the nice support of Oxford they both got some new ones. We were told that the new kind would now not have this issue anymore.
Since we were changing from old or bad to new and better we also decided to have a look at a new drone. Our old Parrot Bepop 2 had developed some issues with the auto focus since our arrival in the United States which is why we decided to send this one back home. Since Amazon gave us back our money and DJI and Built Drones gave us some special discount we were able to change the old drone against a brand new DJI Mavic pro. The new Mavic is much smaller and more compact and has an incredible 4k resolution. It's a great package especially for our intended purpose.

Later that evening we had our first go with it and were instantly convinced! We can not wait to make new and better drone footage than ever before!
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21° | sunny / rainy | km 1365

Corners?!

on 2017-05-02 in United States of America
After having set up camp in the middle of nowhere we jumped back on our bikes and headed further north. We had breakfast in a Wendy’s in a small town in Georgia with the name Greensboro. It almost seemed like the local retirement club had their hour of leave as well. The restaurant was full of people! After a short while an elderly couple walked up to us and told us they had looked up our website because of the name on the back of our jackets. And they were amazed at what we were doing. Furthermore the man reached out to Denis and gave him 5 Dollars and wished us the best of luck with our journey. Even after a year it still strikes us sometimes how nice and friendly people can be. It sometimes makes us think how we would act in similar situations…

Our goal for today was the infamous motorcycle road called the “Tail of the Dragon”. 318 Corners in just 10 miles! We were eager to get there but we knew we would not be able to reach it this day. Luckily we soon realized we didn’t have to wait until we reached the Tail of the Dragon to have some fun. The landscape changed quickly after our breakfast and we soon found ourselves amidst nice green mountains and valleys with even nicer roads. A corner after another awaited us and it felt unreal to us after so much time on those endless straight roads. We did not want to stop and take pictures, we just wanted to go further and further into the mountains.

Later that night we had decided to try to find another camp spot. We saw a small dirt road off the main county road and decided to give it a try. Sadly along that beautiful road along the river, one property stood beside the next one. We asked someone passing by if he knew a place where we could set up camp without disturbing anyone around us. Steve, the driver, immediately invited us to follow him to his sisters, Loretta’s, house that was just a couple of houses up the road.

Said and done! Two minutes later our bikes were parked right in front of a beautiful property right next to the river. Loretta walked up from the house and she was quite amazed at the sight of our three bikes. Steve quickly explained our predicament and our story. Without hesitation she invited us to stay on her property and set up camp in her backyard. We bought some things for dinner and enjoyed a fun barbecue and campfire with Loretta and her family.

Our departure the next day was delayed because of rain which is why it took as another day to reach the Tail of the Dragon. If you arrive from the south you are greeted by the “Tree Of Shame”. An old tree with lots of motorcycle parts hanging off it. All parts of motorcycle accidents that had happened in the past. We made it luckily without having to leave some parts behind and we enjoyed the ride very much. It was a great feeling to have made it this far and over this infamous road. We must admit that it is a nice road but we also liked the roads before and the ones that followed shortly thereafter through the Great Smokey Mountains. We managed to reach Knoxville, Tennessee, where we had set up another tire change at the local Cyclegear. We have had spent more than 12.000 miles on our last Heidenau tires and we were getting some brand new ones :). Also Denis was finally able to change his broken old Rim to the new one that he had gotten sponsored by Honda USA almost 1000 miles back in Miami.

We rode the next four days from Knoxville over beautiful curvy mountain roads and through incredible scenery in the Appalachian mountain range along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the unbelievable Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park directly towards Washington D.C.. Only once were Denis and Fabi stopped by local law enforcement because they had passed in a no passing zone. Once the policemen found out that we were from Germany he very politely explained to us that we were not supposed to do this in Virginia. We accepted his explanation and were glad that he had let us off the hook with just a warning.
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The home of the President

on 2017-05-09 in United States of America
Just after a few miles in Washington D.C. we knew that we would feel very comfortable here. It reminded us a bit of Munich, because for the first time the houses looked like they had history to them and building structure did not look so artificial. There are also a lot of trees and some large parks with bicyclists everywhere.

Basti and Denis would be staying at Vincent's, a friend of Bastis. Fabi at Rick's whom we had met just a few weeks before in New Mexico at Ethan's house. So we split up shortly after our arrival in DC. That night Rick and Vincent showed us a bit of the nightlife nearby. It was a very relaxed flair and we enjoyed some beers with life music in the company of our two hosts.
A day later Fabis girlfriend Steffi flew in, she would be joining us for the next three months on our trip from East to West. The plan was to get her a used bike as quickly as possible and to have her ride it down to Las Vegas where she would sell it again. But before all that we had a lot of sightseeing to do.
Our first destination obviously was the White House. When we came closer a big blob of tourists reminded us that we were standing right in front of it. It is a lot smaller than we had imagined at first but it was impressive nonetheless. It was an interesting feeling standing in front of this prominent building and imagining what history had been written here. We continued our tour along all the famous sights of the city. The Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial were all close by and quite as spectacular as we had anticipated. Due to starting rain we were not able to go all the way up to the Capitol but decided to have a look at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum instead. It was free to enter which was a first for us and it turned out to be more interesting than we had believed at first. Especially the story of the Wright brothers was fascinating to us. We had walked enough for the day and decided to call it a day and meet back up with Vincent and some of his friends for a relaxed night out.

The following day Basti and Denis marched all the way to the Arlington Cemetery and back to the Capitol. The cemetery offered an incredible sight. The stones are set in a very organized fashion seemingly spreading as far as one can see. The Kennedy's are buried here as well as the "Unknown Soldier" and many more heroes of war. The Capitol on the other side featured an impressive sight. Especially when the white marble is turned into a light orange at sunset. Basti and Denis had walked up to 20 miles that day so they were very glad when they had made it back home. After our stay in Washington D.C. we can honestly say it is one of our favorite cities. We have managed to see some of the worlds most famous sights and some things reminded us a bit of our home. A big thanks to Vincent and Rick again for hosting us! We had a great time!

We were not quite done with our city adventures because next up was the city that never sleeps!
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Working on a dream

on 2017-05-15 in United States of America
The road from D.C. to New York was quite uneventful so we decided to spend the day on interstate and highways. The next days we would therefore spend solely on sightseeing.

Since Heather would be in New York at the same time we were hoping to have a local tour guide with us. As it turns out her qualities as a tour guide were more than insufficient. We decided to start our tour in Central Park further heading up 7th Avenue through the high rising buildings up to the famous Time Square. New York managed to impress us deeply and we were amazed by the skyscrapers and the atmosphere of the city. Just before sunset we took the elevator up to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. It is a unique sight how the skyscrapers are submerged in the red of the setting sun just before the lights of the city turn on.
By the craziest circumstances we were told that Bruce Springsteen would be interested in meeting us the next day. We could not believe our luck and we were very excited what the next day would hold in store for us.

Bruce had chosen a small corner in the middle of New York as our meeting place. We were not sure at first if he himself or an agent in a car or by foot would pick us up. So we waited until we suddenly heard a voice from behind us say "Are you the guys I think you are?". And there he was, Bruce Springsteen, with Sunglasses and a big smile all by himself. After introducing ourselves, he took us to a nearby Cafe were we had breakfast together. We wanted to avoid asking the same questions everyone asks so we started out by telling him some stories about us and our journey. We talked about his bikes and the tours he had taken. And maybe one or two of those questions everyone asks ;)
Because Bruce is also an enthusiastic biker we decided to have him have a look at our motorcycles. We took the opportunity to have him sign each of our bikes. What a great memento of this day and this experience! After an hour Bruce had to leave, we said our good byes and in a matter of seconds he vanished in the masses. What a day! It took us a while until we realized what we experienced that day. A big thanks to the Boss that he took some time out of his day for us. He is a very easy going and nice guy that made a great impression on us.

The following day we did some more sightseeing. The 9/11 Memorial was a very intense and moving museum. We all agreed that it was very well done and worth the visit. We also took the obligatory boat tour to the Statue of Liberty and walked around the city to see more of the everyday life. New York is a fascinating and buzzing city that we will hopefully see again some day!
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See you later USA

on 2017-05-20 in United States of America
While Steffi and Fabi rode to Eagels Mere to meet up with Steffi's old host dad, Denis and Basti worked their way up towards Niagara Falls. They spent the night in a campground at Watkins Glen State Park. So far our experiences in Campgrounds of the United States had been exceptionally good. Clean toilettes, occasionally showers and foremost large spaces with a pick nick table and a fireplace. To fully use it we bought 2.5 pound of meat in one piece.

The next morning we spend some time walking along the Glen Creek. We were lucky because there were not a lot of tourists around and therefore we could enjoy the nature even more. Just before we wanted to leave Watkins Glen, Basti found out that a part of the road along the Glen was a former formula 1 race track. Obviously they took the chance and rode the same road that had been used from the year 1961 to 1980 as a racetrack.

Between Watkins Glen and Niagara Falls was a long straight and uneventful stretch of road. But before reaching Niagara Falls we had our first border in months ahead of us. Early at night we arrived at the border coming over a bridge where we were already able to enjoy an impressive view of the nearby waterfalls. When the border officials asked what state we were from and Denis told them that we as well as the bikes were from Germany, they only raised their eyebrow for a second. The rest was done swift and emotionless. Except for waiting in line it did not take longer then 5 minutes to cross into Canada.

We decided to go to Niagara Falls the next day because of bad weather and the slowly setting sun. We enjoyed a good pizza in a restaurant that for the first time in a long while did not look like a fast food place. Also we got bread that tasted like bread and not cake and it was overall a lot cheaper. What a great first impression!
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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