Follow us on our roadtrip from China to Europe along the old silk road.
We called our trip "journey to the west" based on a very popular chinese novel about a monk and the monkeyking and a few other guys travelling west from china to india. Honestly we havent read the book and have no idea if they arrive in the end... But if you saw dragonball. Its pretty much the same.
If you like what you read or have some questions. Just comment. But dont expect an answer immediately... We are busy keeping our eyes and ears open and sucking it all in!

 

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...and we are roughly ten days behind on the blog 

 

Fri

21

Nov

2014

Day 127 - The last day

After a good breakfast buffet we packed up one last time. On the way out the "Wirt" (owner of the guesthouse) asked us where we came from, he thought the number plates must be from the Dakar Rally. Really? -  the Dakar Rally?

Haha - we felt honored and told the truth. China! 

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Thu

20

Nov

2014

Day 126 - The snowy pass into Austria

Bye Bye Chris Mom! thanks for everything
Bye Bye Chris Mom! thanks for everything

After we relaxed in Chris home it was time to get moving and bring this adventure to an end. I had the feeling we are on a farewell tour since we arrived in Italy so now it was time to arrive. As we planned from the beginning Chris will join me on the two days ride from Kaltern to my hometown Landshut and then go back by himself. 

To have some excitement we planned to ride over the Jaufenpass a 2030m high mountain pass into Sterzing and from there we will go over the Brenner into Austria.

But first it was time for a few farewells - one farewell for Chris family and especially his mom who was a great host and spoiled us 24 hours a day and then another big goodbye to our friend and partner in crime Mr.Kim.

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Mon

17

Nov

2014

Day 123 - 125 -  Kaltern; Chris home

One last time the three of us sleep in one room together, one last time we enjoy the smell of adventure, of the unknown, the sight of chaos and badassery in our room. One last time we wrench ourselves from the beds and out into a hazy cold morning grey.
One last time, because today we will reach Kaltern, Chris' home!

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Sun

16

Nov

2014

Day 121 - 122 - Florence and around



The checklist of Florence is quite short as the weather was bad and we where tired and not much in sightseeing mood

Try to drive in the wrong way in as many one-way roads as possible

Walk up the basilica tower and instead of the basilica dome and look at the basilica with all the people on top who didnt mind the long waiting que 

See Michelangelos famous David Statue

Watch the Gladiator movie as we already planned in Rome.

Had great Wild Boar pasta with Tiramisu for desert and Grappa ... For desert

Yeah.. I think thats it.

Oh wait

Write a Florence checklist. Check!

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Thu

13

Nov

2014

Day 119 - 120 - Lunchbreak in Siena

Our bikes shrinked in the rain
Our bikes shrinked in the rain

We left Rome after we had a bit difficulty finding the way out and drove along local roads north into the Tuscany. Weather was good and we planned a short stop at Saturnia where we gonna have a dip in the natural hot springs there. 

We reached the area in the late afternoon and the promising smell of Sulfur was in the air. Ahhhh - good old Sulfur!

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Wed

12

Nov

2014

Day 116 - 118  -  When in Rome

When in rome...

Watch "Interstellar" in the cinema next to a priest.

Go into the Vatican museum and "Awe!" at Raphaels "Last 
Judgement" in the Sistine chappel
Aaaaaw!

Walk into the Pantheon while a church chorus is giving a show

icecream, icecream, icecream

Walk around the Collosseum and plan to watch "Gladiator" instead of going inside -"Maximus!!"

Have a beer and do some people watching on the Spanish steps.

Stroll around St.Peters square and hang out with the Pope... But the Pope was busy doing pope things.

Be constantly reminded of "Illuminati"

Walk walk walk and get lost in the endless small alleyways between the Forum Romanum and St. Angelo castle.

Write a Rome checklist. Done!

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Sun

09

Nov

2014

Day 115 - Amalfi, Vulcano and Pizza

Next morning we haeded along the breathtaking Amalfi coast. A road swirls along the steep cliffs with small bays and villages in between. We had luck with the weather and it was a great ride.. Thats how italy was supposed to be. Beautiful winding roads along the mediteranian coastline...

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Sat

08

Nov

2014

Day 114 - La dolce vita - Italy!

Italy - Welcome home Chris
Italy - Welcome home Chris

From Bari we crossed the italian boot to the west side where we want to go along the Amalfi coast up to Rome.

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Fri

07

Nov

2014

A quick summary of our travels in Greece in moving pictures -Wow!

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Thu

06

Nov

2014

Day 113 - On the Boat to Italy

Bye Bye Athens
Bye Bye Athens

From Athens we will go straight to Patras and catch the ferry to Bari - Italy awaits. We said farewell to Martin - this time a final farewell as he will stay in Athens for another week... So if everything goes according to plan we will not cross paths again. But on the other hand, does it ever go according to plan? ... We will see - just 2500 km more to go.

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Tue

04

Nov

2014

Day 110 - 112 Athens

Kalimera Athens
Kalimera Athens
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Sun

02

Nov

2014

Day 108-109 - Meteora and Leonidas

On local roads
On local roads

As Kyrsty gave as some tips on sights on The way to Athens we made for Kalambaka next day in the morning. Around Kalambake are some weird Rock formations where crazy people built Monasteries on top. The pictures look very cool...so lets see that stuff in real life.

We went on the highway but left it soon because it was just too boring and we decided to go on local roads - you know, just like the locals do...

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Fri

31

Oct

2014

Day 106 - 107 -Thessaloniki

Lunchbreak on the way to Thessaloniki
Lunchbreak on the way to Thessaloniki
next stop Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in greece. This should also be one of the highlights of the trip because our good friend "Yanni, the greek" moved there after he left shanghai and we where really looking forward to hang out with him. Unfourtunately he was needed back in mao tse dong country for some "important" issues. Bad timing.
So after we arrived we met up with his girlfriend Aleksandra instead. She was a great host and dragged us to a very good restaurant just around the waterfront.

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Thu

30

Oct

2014

Day 105 - Hello Greece!

Monkeysuit on!
Monkeysuit on!

When we left istanbul it was raining heavily. We tried to sit it out as long as possible with a looong breakfast but we had no choice. We put our monkeysuit on said farewell to our holland friends and got on the road.

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Wed

29

Oct

2014

Turkey Video - Have a look how we exchange the bikes for a Hot air balloon - swoooosh

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