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Old 08-07-2019, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys!
Maybe you know my tales of road trips through out Eastern Europe. Well now its time for an American trip.

The trip started in Kyiv, Ukraine. I drove first from Kiev to Prague, Czech Republic. That took about 4-5 days. The weather was 50/50. It would be sunny and warm for hours then turn black and dump rain for 20-30 minutes then back to sunny. I spent alot of time at gas stations hiding. That was a blessing in disguise as I got to talk to a bunch of bikers all doing the same. But Eastern Europe is my favorite for the people and the ease of finding a camping spot

Thats where I picked up a hitchhiker. I put an add out on a hitchikers in Europe page on facebook seeing if I could give anyone a ride along the way. Ended up having a Colombian girl take me up on the offer and she tagged along for about 10 days from Prague to Paris. Weather was still 50/50. We planned to go through the Alps but it was raining in the mountains so we avoided that and went through Germany a bit of Switzerland and of course France. In France we stayed in a town called Mulhouse. It was awesome! They are known for 3 museums. 1. being the largest private care collection in the world, we didnt go there as I was before and its expensive. 2. their amazing Train museum and 3. their awesome Museum on electricity.

From Mulhouse it was an uneventful ride to Paris where the temps were 104!!!

I had running around to do to get the bike ready for shipping. I used Air Canada as every year they run a special to fly you and your motorcycle between Europe and Canada. All told it cost $1500 USD to have Yoshi sent to Canada. He might be the only Warrior to cross the ocean by boat and plane!

I flew the day after Yoshi so they would have time to get him through customs in Canada so when I landed I could just hop on and ride off. SOOOOOOO easy I was amazed at how simple it all was! From Montreal, Canada I made my way to Dover, NH. This is the first time the bike and I have been in America together in 10 years!
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Old 08-07-2019, 05:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So I have been back in America for about a week now. Spending time with one of my old colleagues from my days in Antarctica. We hadnt seen each other in 10 years so it has been fun catching up. She has a house in Dover and rents rooms to college folks and just happened to have a spare room open for me.

I had a week to kill so I made a trip up to Maine to visit some other Antarctic friends. While I was there I decided I wanted a Lobster Roll. I stopped at a roadside cafe and when the waitress came I asked her what a Lobster Roll was. She looked at me as if I was some kind of monster.
I clarified with "I am from Kansas and have never had one."
"You mean you have never had one from us?"
"No I mean I have never had a lobster roll EVER"
She then started to try to explain to me what a lobster was....
"No I know what a Lobster is I dont understand the roll part."
"well its a roll."
I stared at her blankly clearly still lost.
"you know bread roll."
"Ohh its bread! Ok I was thinking something along the lines of sushi. Ok I will take one of those."

The lobster roll was ok her reaction to my question was the best part

From there I made it to Bar Harbor. Then over to the White Mountains where I met up with another guy. I didnt know him but he was also from Kansas living up here with the Army. We had mutual friends that put us in touch. He came up on his Triumph to the mountains and we rode around and ended the night a campsite living the high life, Miller High Life that is.

So on the 5th I had to be in Albany, NY because I need to fly back to Greenland. I left most of my things at my friends house in Dover, NH and drove to Albany. I had ended up getting a storage unit as my return date is more of a moving target than a firm deal.

Anyways got on the New York Air National Guard (NYANG) plane to fly to Greenland. Its an easy 3 hour flight to Goose Bay Canada, refuel, then another 3 hours to Kangerlussuaq Greenland.
We took off as normal. Made Goose Bay and got some ice cream while they refueled. Then on to Greenland. We were 30 minutes from landing when the plane got a call that some dude somewhere sent an order to have their planes inspected. so we turned around to fly back to Albany. 30 minutes from landing, 30 MINUTES.... We flew back to Goose Bay got more fuel and onto Albany. my 6 hour flight turned into an 18 hour day with 12 hours in a shitty cargo net seat with a frozen ass because the climate control worked intermittently.

Talk about the longest ice cream run EVER!

Now waiting in Albany for this inspection to be complete so we can try again, hopefully tomorrow
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SO when I get back fro Greenland around August 20. I need to make my way back to Kansas. Going to bounce around a bit seeing some friends but this is my general route.

If anyone is on the way or knows of cool stuff to check out let me know!
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Back into your traveling bug again milkman, good on you. I followed you last times, will do this again. Have fun and keep us informed. What happened to that other lovely 'traveling lady?


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You'll be passing through just north of me in Iowa!!! I know a few in the area, that would love to shake hands with, and ride a few miles with a forum legend!!!
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So glad you are back here so now we can see this country through your eyes. You got another follower here as well. Too bad you ain't coming to the Dirty South.
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Looking forward to following you around.
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Monty … what's your departure point across Lake Michigan?
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Curious why backtrack and go through Detroit?
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