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21° | sunny | km 1433

Split period

on 2017-05-24 in United States of America
Basti and Denis rode through Detroit and were making good miles towards Chicago. To our surprise we managed to get to the center without a lot of traffic jams. We had a lot on our plate for the next two weeks. Denis' parents were visiting, Basti decided to fly back home to meet his parents and his girlfriend in Munich. And first and foremost we would finally meet back up with the crazy Americans Scott and Kevin from our first tour through Turkey.

At first we rode to the Hotel where Denis' parents were staying. After more than a year without their little boy they were more than excited to hold him in their arms again. After a lot of hugging they decided to get dinner together to exchange some stories. Afterwards they had to say goodbye because Denis and Basti were heading to meet up with Scott and Kevin. We had met these two five years ago on our first adventure outside of Europe. Istanbul is where we had connected and from that year on we had managed to spend some time together once or twice a year. In our ongoing tradition we spent the first night in a couple of bars and ended up in some dive bars. We went back way past midnight and had a great first impression of Chicago.

Basti went to the airport around noon the next day still hungover from the night before. His plan was to fly back to Munich for almost two weeks. After sleeping in Denis left to spend some time with his parents in Grand Haven. On his way he met Steffi and Fabi that were on their way from Canada to Chicago. Denis was quite surprised to see that Mission "Steffi's own Motorcycle" had been successfully accomplished in Canada. After it had looked quite impossible for the first month Steffi was now owner of a Canadian Honda CBF 600. After a glorious breakfast at Wendy's (Denis' parents had to experience some of the local cuisine) we split up again and Denis went towards Grand Haven (Michigan) and La Porte (Indiana). On the following weekend Denis took a short brake from his parents and came back to Chicago to see the nightlife with Fabi and Steffi. Since Fabi and Steffi had not been part of the first bar tour we started another one with Kevin and Scott.
After the weekend it was time to say goodbye for Fabi and Steffi because they decided to head North into Wisconsin to visit Fabi's former guest parents near Merrill. Denis rode back to La Porte and Basti rode around somewhere between Munich and Slovenia.

The two weeks went by ever so quickly and Denis soon had to say his farewells to his parents once more. He is so happy that they managed to visit him this far away. He met back up with Basti, who had flown back to Chicago and Kevin and Scott to spend one more weekend with the crazy Americans! Another bar tour obviously followed!

But even the longest bar weekend had to come to an end eventually and so they had to say goodbye to our Americans for 2017 and get back to our journey.

Thank you Scott and Kevin for the fun times and we can't wait for 2018! :D
Denis: Thanks to both my cool parents for stopping by! :-*
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23° | sunny | km 1548

Meeting with the former presidents

on 2017-06-12 in United States of America
After two weeks it was time to head further West. Just before we left Chicago we stayed for a night at the house of Rolf, the father of a university buddy of Basti. He has seen a lot of the United States and gave us some valuable tips for our following route. The time flew by and in the evening we decided to also stay for the night. Thank you and Brigitte for being awesome hosts and we hope to see you in the future!

Now it was time to put a nail into our throttle and cruise west for a couple of hundred miles. Later that evening we arrived at Tobins place. Tobin is another Africa Twin rider that we met through the Africa Twin Facebook group. Almost at the exact same time arrived Fabi and Steffi from their journey to Wisconsin. That's how we joined back up after our short time apart.

At first we had planned to go out for a small ride but since it was already quite late we decided to barbecue instead. We were very happy that Tobin had invited us and welcomed us with open arms. As it later turned out he also had a good time with us, because he had followed us ever since we started our preparations for our journey. We exchanged stories and talked a lot about bikes. Tobin had organized his own Africa Twin rally just three weeks before we met. To bad we couldn't make it this year but maybe the next? ;)
When we woke up the next morning we realized that it had started to rain heavily over night. Our departure therefore was delayed and we turned back over in our beds. Later that day we packed up and ventured forth towards the Badlands.

After a long stretch of boring straight roads we were glad to have made it to the Badlands. The landscape formed by erosion reminded us of what weird but beautiful places we have seen already and will see in the future. After two days of straight riding we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by colorful rocks and a beautiful curved road between them. The sun was just setting what gave the rocks an even more magnificent color. We lingered for a while but upon heading out we were already looking forward for another one of the big highlights of the United States. The infamous Mount Rushmore.

The faces of the old presidents carved into the white stone have been featured in many movies, books and stories. So far we had only seen them in pictures or films so we were excited to soon be in front of them in person. Before we arrived we found ourselves on a nice winding road with twists and turns from where we suddenly had the perfect viewpoint of the heads in the distance. We made our way closer and were soon greeted by an impressive sight of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt. They are smaller than they appear in some of the movies but they are still a stunning sight to look at.

After Mount Rushmore we headed north through the Spearfish canyon towards another sight proposed by Tobin and his friend. The Devils Tower! The mountain was shaped by a volcano over 50 million years ago. The lava cooled down on the inside and after millions of years the mountain around it eroded so far that now only the inner core is left. Even though it was not the most exciting sight to look at it is still hard to believe what weird things nature manages to create.

Unstoppable we continued further west towards another one of the States great sights, the Yellowstone National Park!
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22° | sunny | km 1008

Back in time!

on 2017-06-19 in United States of America
The journey to the great Parks was quite uneventful, a lot of straight roads and some minor winds left us hanging on to our handlebars, yearning for some corners and excitement. Heading into Teton National Park we got our hopes up, the route looked curvy and at first we were pleasantly surprised at some high speed curves. Quickly we headed up to the entrance of Teton just to find ourselves in traffic for the rest of the day. Any fun that we could have found in the curves was taken by the sheer masses of Trucks and RVs.

On the other hand it left us with more time to gaze upon the beautiful countryside. Some snowy mountain tops in Teton looked like photoshoped behind this vast lake. Before heading into Yellowstone we spend the night near the entrance still in Teton National Park. Once again we met some incredible people their. Toni, Laura, Bob and Ed were our neighbors for the night and the nicest of people. We enjoyed the evening with them very much and exchanged many different stories. The following morning we packed up in quite a hurry because the mosquitoes made breathing difficult... The North of Teton and the south of Yellowstone were so mosquito infested that stopping became a burden. So we decided to go further into Yellowstone in the hopes of escaping those pesky beasts.

Yellowstone is enormous, most places are not reachable by car or bike even though there is a good road cut through the park. The road is built in the form of a figure 8 so we decided to take in as much as possible. What stunned us the most was the vast size of the entire park. One can easily spend a week there without seeing the same place twice. Or if you go crazy and wander further maybe get lost forever. Stunning size aside we were excited to see some more real wildlife. We have to mention that we are pleasantly surprised by the fact that we saw a lot more wildlife like deer, prairie dogs, hogs, birds and so on through the United States than anywhere else. But Yellowstone took it to another level. We saw grizzly bears, black bears, wild bisons, elk and more deer. Especially the bears and bisons impressed us very much. For bear watching one should definitely bring some goggles since you do not want to get to close to a bear. This also applies to bison but one can get a lot closer obviously. The large herds that strutted or ran across the fields impressed us very much. We really felt taken back in time when gazing over the big grasslands with the bison herds roaming the fields. This is what early explorers must have gazed upon when first discovering these lands.

But this is not even the end of it. Yellowstone is world renowned for its active geysers, sulfur and mud puddles. The smell of the "mud volcanoes" and sulfur puddles was breathtaking, but especially the colors of the basins made for great pictures. What really left us in awe was the geysers. Watching them push water up tens of feet into the air was marvelous. One could not leave this place without being a little impressed by what nature has to offer.

After two days of Yellowstone we headed further north towards Glacier Park and Canada. We had received an invitation from Lindsey, the cousin of our long lost brother Gail, whom we have rode through large parts of Asia. And what we always like to do, we followed up on that invitation and soon found ourselves near Seeley Lake at Lindseys house.
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19° | sunny / cloudy | km 961

Heading north

on 2017-06-21 in United States of America
We enjoyed a couple of laid back nights at the house of Gails cousin Lindsay and her husband Scott. We were treated like royalty and were given full hospitality. After being invited by the neighbors Margo and Ron we spend an awesome night at their place having a few drinks and sharing many different stories about everything. It was one of those incredible connections that made for a very memorable night. We had an unbelievably nice time and we once again want to thank everyone for making our stay so special.

Well rested we headed further North towards the Canadian border. We stayed on smaller roads until we decided to set up camp on some nearby mountain. To get to our camp spot we had to go on a gravel road with some big loose rocks. Although Steffi's Honda CRF is not the best offroad bike she still managed to follow us on this difficult road. We started our fire for our barbecue and hoped to get some warmth near the fire. We were still surrounded by snowfields and therefor thanks to the continuing winds it got really cold once the sun went under. Even our camp fire did not help for long and so we soon decided to go into our warm sleeping bags.

The following day our route took us to Glacier National Park. We had been told about this place from many people and the pictures on Google looked impressive. About 500 meters after the Park entrance where we would have had to pay 25$ for each bike there was a sign stating that the road was closed due to snow. Since we had the annual pass we decided to check it out and hope to at least get some look of the glacier. But far from it, the road was closed miles before we were able to have a glance upon anything spectacular. The only thing we were able to see were some snow covered mountains in the distance... hardly something special for our Bavarian eyes ;)
We decided to turn around and try from another side the next day. Whilst going around Glacier park we found a small dirt road leading into the woods. By now we know the signs of a good path towards a nice camp spot and so once again we headed further into the woods in the search of another camp spot. The road lead up a steep incline with loose rocks and dirt at the end but mastering this incline payed of once more. After some struggles especially getting Steffis CRF up we found ourselves on a beautiful field with one of the most spectacular views over the nearby Rocky Mountains. Obviously we took the immediate chance to try and climb the entire steep hill to have the best view over the nearby lake and our surroundings. In the end we sadly had to give up half way to the top. The incline turned out to be too steep and riddled with big difficult to spot potholes.
Exhausted from our attempts we settled down into our big tent and watched the first win for Rossi in MotoGP this season. Just because we ride the entire day does not mean we can't watch others ride motorcycles at night.

After a stormy night were both our tents were pushed down by heavy winds once or twice we were greeted by another beautiful sunny morning. We headed down and to the other entrance of the park. In short conclusion we were faced with exactly the same problem. The road was closed after a few miles without any sight of the promised glacier.

Therefore we reached the border sooner than anticipated and found ourselves once again in Canada.
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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