Meet Artem

The Murmansk trip planned next year, has reached another level. I have been so lucky to have gotten in touch with Artem from Murmansk. He has promised me to introduce me to Murmansk points of interest, to bars, Russian cuisine, and Russian Vodka!

I work as a senior scientist at the Academy of Humanities studies. I am also a journalist in the journal “Philosophical Sciences” and a volunteer. I like to communicate with new people and learn about culture and life in other countries. – Artem

I am super excited to meet Artem, and to learn first-hand about the Russian culture and heritage. One of the things that I have learned from my previous travels is that where news, and social media, tend to polarize and divide, meeting people and talking to each other, unite. We have a lot more in common than not. Regardless of race and ethnicity.

So instead of riding through Murmansk, seeing what I see, from a distance, I now get the privilege to get much closer. How awesome is that? As Tim Cahill said, “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”

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How I plan a moto trip

When I first started going on motorcycle rides, I liked to read other people’s recommendations on preparing for a ride. Although getting your own experience is part of the adventure, learning from other riders’ experience might save me from making too many rookie mistakes.The information found in this post is based on my experience on travelling in Europe. Although much of it is probably the same wherever you go, I’m sure there are stuff that is different. Particular the paperwork is something that is different depending on your nationality, departing country, and arriving country.I have divided this into:

  • Paperwork
  • Border crossing
  • Personal items
  • Equipment
  • Motorcycle
  • What I don’t bring

where each section talks about my experience with the topic, and what I usually bring.For a the checklist that I use for my trip planning, check this document. Read More

I’m so happy that I get to travel with Volodymyr (Vova), Thonny and Steen on the Ukraine and Moldova trip next June. Outside motorcycles, we share the same passion for great company, a cold beer after a nice ride, and of course good food. It’s time to introduce the 4 amigos.

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The trip plan for Moldova is complete. As always, Backroad Motorcycle Adventure plan includes unplanned changes. We will be 4 riders. That’s the plan. I’m super excited, and I can’t wait for summer to get here. World’s largest wine cellar. 55 km, we get to ride the motorcycles in the caves.

Check the plan here.

 

 

Yesterday, I completed the final episode of the Öland trip that I took with my friend, Thonny, back in September, and posted the video on YouTube.

It was a fantastic ride, but how could it not be, when it had all the ingredients of a great ride; great roads; great weather; great sights to see, and least but definitely not last, great company.

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Nordkapp & Murmansk

I’ve spent some time on the planning of the Nordkapp & Murmansk trip. Check out the rather detailed plan on the Nordkapp & Murmansk page.

Day 2 of Öland

Långe Erik

Day 2 of the Öland trip offered a great number of sights to see, and roads to ride. Although Öland is flat as a pancake, it is in its own way breathtaking. This day would take us to from the very north to the very south and back again, seeing only a fraction of what Öland has to offer.

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This trip was in a way a milestone, as it was the first trip after quitting my job, to work freelance and to spend more time on adventuring on my motorcycle. Öland is a fascinating place with great roads, lots sites to see, and thousands of years of history, and was an obvious choice for a short weekend trip. Read More

An unlikely friendship

I had been looking for fellow motorcycle riders for some time before the First Balkan Trip. It wasn’t as easy as it seems.

One day I got a message via the community site AdvRider.com from a guy who wanted to know if I accepted hitchhikers. I wasn’t quite sure what he meant, surely he didn’t want to ride pillion – and if so, I think I’d have to say no.

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Murmansk

I am working on an idea that I first got a couple of years ago, but never got very far with due to the paperwork of getting a visa to Russia: Going to Murmansk, the Kola peninsula.

As much as I love to go adventure travelling, sleeping at borderline dodgy hotels, what is really outside my comfort zone is paperwork and administration. But this time, I need to get over my fear of paperwork.

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