Tag: motorcycle touring

Freedom is Just Over the Horizon

Next week we’ll have been in quarantine for almost two months! If you told me that we would be in this position two months ago, I would have never believed you. Two months ago, on March 8th, we had just entered the French city of Millau and were taking the day off to catch up on social media and to see a bit of … Read More Freedom is Just Over the Horizon

The Spanish State of Alarm is Taking its Toll

This week was a bit tougher emotionally for me… I think one of the main reasons for this was that the mandatory quarantine of Spain has gone on longer than I initially imagined. When it started, I felt like it would last a month before the COVID-19 virus would subside, go dormant, and we could continue on our merry way. Day 43 and this … Read More The Spanish State of Alarm is Taking its Toll

Sitting it out in Southern Spain

I’m writing this from a relaxing porch of a traditional Spanish home located near Cartagena. The temperature is a comfortable 21C (70F) and the skies are cloudy but not enough to block out the occasional rays of warm sunshine that sweep across my face. All around me are the comforting sounds of birds chirping from the nearby orchard where fresh sweet oranges and tart … Read More Sitting it out in Southern Spain

Things are Continuing to Look Up

Spain has been one of the countries hit especially hard by COVID-19. As of today, it is just behind the United States in number of infected cases. Considering that the country of Spain is similar in size to Texas, and twice the population, this is substantial. Spain currently has 135,000 reported cases and it’s growing each day. However, things have started to improve. The … Read More Things are Continuing to Look Up

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Looking Up

I wish I could start out this week’s update with incredibly beautiful pictures of southern Spain, Morocco, and Portugal! This, simply, is not the case as we continue to be part of a strict country-wide ban on non-essential travel. Spain was especially hit hard with the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases has continued to climb over the past 12 days since the … Read More Looking Up

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is Changing Things

It’s been an interesting week. If I had to sum it up in one word it would be CORONAVIRUS! It has hit Europe especially hard including France, and Spain – the two countries we’ve been traveling through this past week. Although Chantil and I have discussed the virus daily, it really didn’t effect us until two days ago. We first noticed it when we … Read More Coronavirus (COVID-19) is Changing Things

Searching for Southern Sun

It’s been a interesting week full of excitement and a few disappointments… First the disappointments:I realized too late that we were supposed to finish the payment on our ferry from France to Morocco. The instructions were sent to me in Italian and I failed to translated it back in November when I ordered the tickets. I checked a week before the departure and it … Read More Searching for Southern Sun

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Planning for a Year of Europe Travel Despite Schengen Limits

The year 2020 is going to be a great for us! Starting in March we will begin full-time travel starting in Morocco, Africa, and then clockwise around Europe trying to see as much as we can. How do we plan our trip? This is a great question and it’s not as difficult as you think it is… In short, when we see a place … Read More Planning for a Year of Europe Travel Despite Schengen Limits

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21 Famous Alp Passes in 8 Days

Before I came to Europe I had never heard of passes named Großglockenspiel, Furka, Albula, Klausen or Susten. Yet, anyone who has ridden motorcycles in Europe, has either rode or dreams of riding these passes someday. Well, it’s my turn – My time to ride some of the most beautiful passes in all the world!! The route planning started well into last year with … Read More 21 Famous Alp Passes in 8 Days

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La voie de la Liberté (Liberty Road) – France

This 1,146-kilometer commemorative roadway marks the route of the Allied forces from the D-Day landings of Normandy, France to Bastogne, Belgium. Our plan was to ride the entire route and learn more about the history of WWII. Day 1 – 9 Apr Today we explored Utah Beach, Utah Beach Landing Museum, Sainte-Mère-Église, Dead Man’s Corner, The D-Day Experience, and the Eglise Notre Dame des … Read More La voie de la Liberté (Liberty Road) – France

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Iceland – Bridge Between Continents (Part 2 of 3)

The journey continues counter clockwise around the incredible country of Iceland. During PART 1 we flew to Reykjavik, picked up our two motorcycles that were shipped a month prior, and rode through the barren center of Iceland via the F-26 and F-831. We finished day 6 at a mountain hut in the remote regions of the Western Fjords. Iceland 🇮🇸 Day 7 of 18🗓: … Read More Iceland – Bridge Between Continents (Part 2 of 3)

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Iceland – Bridge Between Continents (Part 1 of 3)

Sometimes you have to jump at opportunities. One of these opportunities happened to us when we were offered a job in western Germany. Since we were empty-nesters in our mid-forties we though “Why not?” We’ve always wanted to see Europe and we didn’t have much holding us back except for our vehicular possessions: A Nissan Xterra SUV, a Mazda Miata sports car, two Honda … Read More Iceland – Bridge Between Continents (Part 1 of 3)