Tag: motorcycle touring

Beauty Abounds in Northern Istria, Croatia

A few days ago we were chatting with a German van traveler about our shared travels throughout Europe. One of his favorite memories was the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia and we shared our excitement of having visited this area as well. He later commented that he loved this region of Croatia, but felt it was too crowded with German speaking tourists. Our experience was … Read More Beauty Abounds in Northern Istria, Croatia

Riding the West Coast of Croatia’s Istria Peninsula

When we arrived in Croatia we had some knowledge of famous coastal cities like Dubrovnik, Split, and the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, however we didn’t know anything about the Istria Peninsula located in the northwest of the country. After a wonderful day in the city of Pula, we were eager to experience more of this coastal region of Croatia. Today’s ride … Read More Riding the West Coast of Croatia’s Istria Peninsula

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An Uncertain Europe

As we pack our bags for Europe, the feelings of February 2020 come flooding back. We were in Idaho, visiting with family, storing our limited belongings into a cargo container, and preparing for full-time motorcycle overlanding. Our two mules were with friends in Germany, patiently waiting for us to arrive and load them up for the next adventure into Morocco, Africa. We had just … Read More An Uncertain Europe

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2022 Calendar Review

Chantil and I look forward to October each year because we start putting together the yearly viajarMOTO Overland Motorcycle Calendar. We pour through hundreds of our favorite photographs and make the painstaking process of widdeling them down to just a cover photograph and twelve others that capture the natural beauty of the countries we visit, and the adventure of traveling on two wheels. Each … Read More 2022 Calendar Review

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Summary of 2021

We were both very apprehensive of 2021 on January 1st. Although the COVID pandemic seemed to be subsiding there were still many uncertainties. We both sensed that getting vaccinated was vital to us being able to continue traveling. However, the chances of two American citizens getting a vaccination in a foreign country looked bleak, especially in the regions of Europe that were struggling to … Read More Summary of 2021

Road of 52 Tunnels – An Exhilarating Hike in the Italian Alps

I’m fascinated with dangerous roads, so when an prominent adventure motorcycle magazine wrote a short article titled The World’s Most Dangerous Roads: Pasubio Road, Italy, I was immediately intrigued. I read the article with excitement and fascination, but with a bit of discretion. The author’s name wasn’t listed and there weren’t photographs of motorcycles on this road. Had I been click-baited? Could a road … Read More Road of 52 Tunnels – An Exhilarating Hike in the Italian Alps

Product Review: Motorcycle Recover System

After recovering my motorcycle from dropping it off a steep embankment, one of the three Italian man who helped us asked “Why do you have this rope and pulley system? Do you drop your motorcycle off cliffs regularly?” I didn’t find his comment amusing at the time, but afterwards could see the humor in the situation. How did we get ourselves, or should I … Read More Product Review: Motorcycle Recover System

Product Review: The Helmet Hook

I don’t particularly like doing product reviews. I would rather reminisce over memories of our travel videos than shoot, edit, and publish product review videos. However, when George, the inventor of The Helmet Hook, reached out to provide a review, I said “Why not?” It’s been a wonderful product that has served us well over the last 5 years of motorcycling. The Problem Our … Read More Product Review: The Helmet Hook

Finding Childhood Nostalgia at Villa del Balbianello, Italy

The STAR WARS movies captured my interests from the very first time I watched the first movie in 1978. As a young child, I was immediately drawn into these wonderful futuristic, yet believable worlds. The space scenes, the desert landscapes of Tatooine, and the jungles of Yavin 4 all seemed like places I could imagine myself visiting someday. Here we are 42 years later, … Read More Finding Childhood Nostalgia at Villa del Balbianello, Italy

Acts of Love and a Bear Made of Trash

I unzipped the opening of our tent and let the morning sun flood inside. We both peered outside and marveled at the mountain peaks guarding us like giant rock sentinels. Our previous day’s efforts, of riding the challenging 5.3 miles (8.5 kms) military road, had paid off with one of the best wild campsites we’ve ever experienced in Europe! We were feeling quite accomplished … Read More Acts of Love and a Bear Made of Trash

Riding through Provence and Verdon Gorge, France

We are flying! Covering 880 km (547 miles) in two days is not our typical happy travel pace. On average, we tend to travel no more than 150-200 miles (240-320 km) per day. So why the rush? Because we felt like we were running out of time. As American citizens, we are limited to 90 days of travel in Schengen Europe areas (highlighted below … Read More Riding through Provence and Verdon Gorge, France

Adiós España – Our Last Day in Spain

We never imagined we would be spending nearly five months in Spain. When we first crossed the Pyrenees Mountains and into the Catalonia region of northern Spain on March 9th, we were somewhat oblivious to the extend at which the Coronavirus was sweeping across the European continent. By March 14th, the Spanish government had activated a State of Alarm which granted exceptional powers to … Read More Adiós España – Our Last Day in Spain