Our Journey

Keeping tabs of our journey can be hard for us – sometimes things that happen on one day can end up belonging to a different one unless we keep it all straight in writing. Putting it all down in our blog is a great way for us to keep the stories straight and for working through the experiences of the day. Hopefully you find it all entertaining and informative :) Thanks for taking the time to read our rants, and commenting on the things that inspire you too! You’re always welcome here.

Eastern Europe | Norway, Sweden & Finland | Western Europe | Morocco | Northern Sicily, Sardegna & Spain | Tunisia | Italy | France | United Kingdom | Canada | Western USA | Western Canada | Transamerican Adventure

Eastern Europe. Countries that formed the former Soviet Bloc have long held an intrigue for us. While the walls of the old world may have fallen, remnants of it still exists in these wonderful countries.

Litomyšl to Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, CZRužomberok to Nová Lesná, SKRužomberok to Nová Lesná, SKKazincbarcika, HU to Budapest, HUKazincbarcika, HU to Budapest, HUKaunas, LT to Mikołajki, PLRužomberok to Nová Lesná, SKRiga, LV to Šiauliai and Kaunas, LTRožnov pod Radhoštěm to Ružomberok, SK

Stories

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Read: Baltic Surprises and Friends in Strange Places

Galleries

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Gallery of Days in Budapest (PT. II)
Gallery of Days in Budapest (PT. I)
Gallery of Nová Lesná, SK to Kazincbarcika & Budapest, HU
Gallery of Litomyšl & Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, CZ, to Ružomberok, Nová Lesná, SK
Gallery of Mikołajki to Toruń & Poznań, PL, Berlin, DE & Prague, CZ
Gallery of Lahti, FI, Tallinn & Pärnu, EE, Riga, LV, Kaunus, LT and Mikołajki, PL

Scandinavia. The other frozen north! From the North Sea to the Arctic this is truly a land of myth and landscapes that rival the titans. Our journey takes us north of the Arctic Circle before heading east through Sweden and Finland where we continue to meet the kindest giants and gnarliest of trolls.

Ålesund to Trollstigen, NorwayStryn to Ålesund, NorwayHirtshals, Denmark to Mandal, NorwayBergen to Bjordal, NorwayBergen to Bjordal, NorwayAksdal to Bergen, NorwayStryn to Ålesund, NorwayÅlesund to Trollstigen, NorwayAksdal to Bergen, Norway

Galleries

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Gallery of Trollstigen, NO to Kristiansund, Røkland & The Arctic Circle, NO
Gallery of Bjordal, NO to Stryn, Ålesund & Trollstigen, NO
Gallery of Aksdal, NO to Bjordal, NO
Gallery of Hirtshals, DK to Mandal, Sandnes & Aksdal, NO

Western Europe. From the Chapel of Bones in Évora to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela; from the wonder of Brugges to the mania of Amsterdam, Western Europe is a melting pot of culture and history that still pulls at the strings of our current world.

Rastatt to Trier, GermanyBerne, Switzerland to Obereschach, GermanyDay at Touratech HQ!Berne, Switzerland to Obereschach, GermanyTrier, Germany to Brugge, BelgiumTrier, Germany to Brugge, BelgiumVillingen-Schwenningen to Rastatt, GermanyTrier, Germany to Brugge, BelgiumAmsterdam, Netherlands

Galleries

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Gallery of Brugge, BE to Oss & Amsterdam, NL, Husum, DE and Hirtshals, DK
Gallery of Obereschach, DE to Touratech HQ, Rastatt & Trier, DE and Brugge, BE
Gallery of St. Antoine D’Auberoche, FR to Berne, CH and Obereschach, DE
Gallery of Santiago de Compostela, ES to St. Antoine D’Auberoche, FR
Gallery of Serpa, PT to Évora, PT and Santiago de Compostela, ES
Gallery of Tangier, MA to Sevilla, ES & Serpa, PT

Morocco. The name itself inspires the imagination! While life steps in to make our travels here a challenge, our experiences in this wonderful country are full of beautiful landscapes, kind people and enough stories to fill the pages of a (very) long book.

Rif Mountain Pass to Chefchaouen, MoroccoAl Hoceima to Rif Mountain Pass, Morocco (Issa's GoPro)Beni Ansar to Al Hoceima, MoroccoCasa Paca & Al Hoceima, MoroccoBeni Ansar to Al Hoceima, MoroccoChefchaouen, MoroccoRif Mountain Pass to Chefchaouen, MoroccoFès to Meknes, MoroccoMeknes, Morocco

Galleries

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Gallery of Meknes, MA to Tangier, MA
Gallery of Chefchaouen, MA to Fès & Meknes, MA
Gallery of Rif Mountain Pass, MA to Chefchaouen, MA
Gallery of Al Hoceima, MA to Rif Mountain Pass, MA
Gallery of Beni Ansar, MA to Al Hoceima, MA
Gallery of Almeria, ES to Beni Ansar, MA

Northern Sicily, Sardegna & Eastern Spain. With a border closed between Morocco and Algeria, a route through this stunning part of the world presented itself. Filled with wonderful roads, breathtaking landscapes and a rich history, these countries and islands provide a fantastic path back to North Africa.

Road Trip Around San Vito lo Capo!Oristano, Tharros & Peninsola di Sinis, ItalyOristano, Tharros & Peninsola di Sinis, ItalyS'Aarchittu to Alghero, ItalyBenicàssim to Villajoyosa, SpainS'Aarchittu to Alghero, ItalyS'Aarchittu to Alghero, ItalyDays Off in Alghero, ItalyPalermo to San Vito lo Capo, Italy

Galleries

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Gallery of Almeria, ES to Beni Ansar, MA
Gallery of Benicàssim, ES to Villajoyosa & Almeria, ES
Gallery of Porto Torres, IT to Barcelona & Benicàssim, ES
Gallery of S’Aarchittu, IT to Alghero, IT
Gallery of San Vito lo Capo, IT to Cagliari, Iglesias, Oristano & S’Aarchittu, IT
Gallery of Palermo, IT to San Vito lo Capo & La Pineta, IT

Tunisia. From splendid Oases, to the rugged mountains of it’s western border, to the heat of the Sahara this beautiful country is filled with some of the kindest people we’ve met on our journey so far.

Matmata & Toujane, TunisiaDays Off in Sousse, TunisiaSousse to Ellouza, TunisiaKairouan & Mosque of Uqbah, TunisiaDouz & the Sahara, TunisiaThe Road to Chebika, TunisiaMatmata & Toujane, TunisiaThe Road to Chebika, TunisiaPalermo, Italy to Hammamet, Tunisia

Galleries

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Gallery of Kairouan, TN to Sousse & Hammamet, TN & Palermo, IT
Gallery of Gafsa, TN to Sbeitla & Kairouan, TN
Gallery of Tozeur, TN to Chebika, Midès & Gafsa, TN
Gallery of Douz, TN to Tozeur, TN
Gallery of Matmata, TN to Douz & Sahara, TN
Gallery of Mahrès, TN to Matmata & Toujane, TN
Gallery of Sousse, TN to Ellouza & Mahrès, TN
Gallery of Hammamet, TN to Sousse, TN
Gallery of Palermo, IT to Hammamet, TN

Italy. Olive farms, wonderful people and mayhem on the roads. Our journey from the north towards the island of Sicily is full of wonderful roads, beautiful sights and it’s fair-share of road-side excitement!

Vicopisano & Pisa, ItalyGaeta, Day 2Vicopisano to Livorno, ItalyVicopisano & Pisa, ItalyLivorno to Orbetello & Argentario, ItalyRoad Trip to Amalfi!Rome, Colesseum & Termi di Caracalla, ItalyLeaving Gaeta, ItalyAgrigento & Valle dei Templi, Italy

Galleries

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Gallery of Agrigento, IT to Palermo, IT
Gallery of Messina, Modica & Agrigento, IT
Gallery of Salerno, IT to Messina, IT
Gallery of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, IT to Salerno, IT
Gallery of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, Pompeii & Sorrento, IT
Gallery of Gaeta, IT to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, Amalfi & Path of the Gods, IT
Gallery of Rome, IT to Gaeta, IT
Gallery of Rome, Motodays & Ostia Antica, IT
Gallery of Orbetello, IT to Roma, Vatican City, Pantheon & Colosseum, IT
Gallery of Vicopisano, IT to Orbetello, IT
Gallery of Villeneuve-Loubet, FR to Vicopisano, IT

France. It’s a return to the simpler things and a disciplined approach to living. We fall in love with the central countryside and the warmer climate with its grand sea to the south.

Valbonne, Antibes & Cannes, FranceValbonne, Antibes & Cannes, FranceLe Mans to Loire Valley, FranceReturn to Paris, Day 3Paris, Day 1Rye, United Kingdom to Heuchin, FranceInspired France: Loire ValleyLoire Valley & Chateau Azay le Ferron, FranceParis, Day 2

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Gallery of Villeneuve-Loubet, FR to Vicopisano, IT
Gallery of Villeneuve-Loubet, Antibes, & Nice, FR
Gallery of Paris, FR to Villeneuve-Loubet, FR
Gallery of Nice, FR to Paris, FR
Gallery of Valbonne, FR to Nice, FR & Monaco, MC
Gallery of Villecroze, FR to Valbonne, Antibes & Cannes, FR
Gallery of Millau, FR to Villecroze, FR
Gallery of Loire Valley, FR to Millau, FR
Gallery of Loire Valley, Chauvigny, Chaumussay, Loches & Chenonceau, FR
Gallery of Le Mans, FR to Loire Valley, Les Frippières & Chateau Azay le Ferron, FR
Gallery of Days Off in Le Mans, FR
Gallery of Fareham, UK to Le Mans, FR

The United Kingdom. I spent a good part of my childhood growing up here through great times and challenging ones. We take this opportunity to visit the people and places that made a difference in my life.

London, Days 1 & 2Fareham, Gosport & Southsea, United KingdomLondon, Day 4London, Day 3Fareham & Portsmouth, United KingdomInspired United Kingdom: RyeLondon, Day 3Day Off in Rye, United KingdomLondon, Day 3

Stories

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Read: Castles, Dungeons and an Underwater Train
Read: Across the Ocean and Into the Past

Galleries

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Gallery of Fareham, UK to Le Mans, FR
Gallery of Fareham, Portsmouth, Gosport & Southsea, UK
Gallery of London, UK to Southampton, UK

Canada. It’s our home and it’s a perfect starting-off point for our RTW. Having mostly explored the west we decided to kick off our Trans-world Adventure discovering this wonderful country in it’s entirety.

Rossport to Wawa, OntarioThunder Bay to Rossport, OntarioDinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta to Flin Flon, ManitobaThunder Bay to Rossport, OntarioCalgary to Dinosaur Provincial Park, AlbertaPortage la Prairie, Manitoba to Vermillion Bay, OntarioPortage la Prairie, Manitoba to Vermillion Bay, OntarioRossport to Wawa, OntarioPortage la Prairie, Manitoba to Vermillion Bay, Ontario

Galleries

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Gallery of Days Off in New York (PT. I)
Gallery of Days Off in New York (PT. II)
Gallery of Days Off in Halifax
Gallery of Port aux Basques, NL to Dartmouth, NS
Gallery of St. Anthony, NL to Port aux Basques, NL
Gallery of North Sydney, NS to St. Anthony, NL
Gallery of Antigonish, NS to North Sydney, NS
Gallery of Bonaventure, QC to Antigonish, NS
Gallery of Tadoussac, QC to Bonaventure, QC
Gallery of Montréal, QC to Tadoussac, QC
Gallery of Blind River, ON to Montréal, QC
Gallery of Vermillion Bay, ON to Blind River, ON
Gallery of Flin Flon, MB to Vermillion Bay, ON
Gallery of Calgary, AB to Flin Flon, MB

Heading down to the place we met – Monterey California – for our wedding, it seemed to make sense that we ride down and make the honeymoon our trip.

Days Off in Palm Springs, CAFeatured Image: Palm SpringsVail to Boulder, ColoradoMonterey to Santa Barbara, CAJedediah Smith SP to Fort Bragg, CAEly, Nevada to Salt Lake City, Utah

Galleries

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Gallery of Great Falls, MT to Calgary, AB
Gallery of Boulder, CO to Great Falls, MT
Gallery of Vail, CO to Boulder, CO
Gallery of Ely, NV to Vail, CO
Gallery of Fallon, NV to Ely, NV
Gallery of Lake Tahoe, CA to Fallon, NV
Gallery of Mono Lake, CA to Lake Tahoe, CA
Gallery of Palm Springs, CA to Mono Lake, CA
Gallery of Days Off in Palm Springs, CA
Gallery of Monterey, CA to Palm Springs, CA
Gallery of Monterey Bay Aquarium
Gallery of the Days After in Carmel & Monterey, CA
Gallery of Our Big Day!
Gallery of Fort Bragg, CA to Monterey, CA
Gallery of Jedediah Smith SP, CA to Fort Bragg, CA
Gallery of Portland, OR to Jedediah Smith SP, CA
Gallery of Days Off in Portland, OR
Gallery of Calgary, AB to Portland, OR
Gallery of Nuri’s Pics from Our Time on the Road

After our Transamerican trip it just seemed implausable that we’d not do at least one more multiday trip before the snow moved in. So, with a 10 day window, we planned our route from Calgary to Vancouver using the northern Yellowhead Highway west and the southern Crowsnest east.

Osoyoos to Nelson (Kootenay)Osoyoos to NelsonVancouver TO OsoyoosCalgary to Jasper, AB (Icefields Parkway)Vancouver TO OsoyoosVancouver, BCJasper to Kamloops, BCJasper to Kamloops, BCVancouver, BC

Stories

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Gallery of Nelson, BC to Calgary, AB
Gallery of Vancouver, BC to Nelson, BC
Gallery of Kamloops, BC to Vancouver, BC
Gallery of Calgary, AB to Kamloops, BC

After purchasing a used R1200GS in NYC, making an adventure out of bringing it home to Calgary seemed like the natural thing to do. Following a path that took us through the Appalachian mountains, through the south, along the Mississippi, across the loneliest highway and finishing with a northern run through Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Lewis & Clark National Forest we spent the longest allowable time to ride a bike on a temporary permit through the states – and it was awe-inspiring!

Barber Vintage Motorsports MuseumCape Girardeau to Independence, MODay Off in Jackson Hole, WYCape Girardeau to Independence, MOBoulder, Colorado to Casper, WyomingRawlins to Jackson Hole, WYLittle Switzerland to Fontana Village, NC (Across America)Fontana Village, NC to Birmingham, ABBarber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Galleries

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Gallery of Great Falls, MT to Calgary, AB
Gallery of Jackson Hole, WY to Great Falls, MT
Gallery of Days Off in Jackson Hole, WY
Gallery of Kearney, NB to Jackson Hole, WY
Gallery of Cape Girardeau, MO to Kearney, NB
Gallery of Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, AL
Gallery of Fontana Village, NC to Cape Girardeau, MO
Gallery of Natural Bridge, VA to Fontana Village, NC
Gallery of NYC to Natural Bridge, VA
Gallery of Trip Preparations

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