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Adriatic Moto Tours' Czech-Hungary Tour

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Recently, an ancient wooden wheel and axle were discovered near Ljubljana, Slovenia, which carbon dating revealed to be 5,200 years old. Now on display at a local museum, the Kolo Wheel is evidence that transportation has been a major concern and preoccupation in this region since the beginning. This display was a fitting sendoff for Adriatic Moto Tours’ Czech-Hungary Tour, ...

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The Kingdom of Saguenay

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It was the French El Dorado. Iroquois legend spoke of blond men rich with gold and furs who lived north of the Saint Lawrence River. Whether it was based on early Norse settlers who arrived in Newfoundland centuries before, or a fabrication created to appease early French explorers is unknown, but in 1535 Jacques Cartier discovered the entrance to a ...

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Adriatic Moto Tours: Part 4

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Our Adriatic Moto Tours Eastern Europe adventure has now lasted two weeks, and I’m sad that it will end with our ride today. When I last checked in, I reported that our group of 14 riders (with two riding guides and the van driver) was on its way to Prague, and it truly was a magical city. Shortly after we ...

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Adriatic Moto Tours: Part 3

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Our Czech/Hungary tour has now taken our group of 14 from Budapest to the High Tatras in the north of Slovakia, then for a couple days in Krakow, Poland. Budapest was a real treat, and now in the Tatras we again rode into mountains. The town of Stary Smokovec, where we stayed one night, is a ski resort in winter ...

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Adriatic Moto Tours: Part 1—Loose in the East

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I am currently starting Day 5 of a 14-day Czech-Hungary tour with Adriatic Moto Tours. This company, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, offers several tours that mostly cover Eastern Europe, the part that most Americans leave for later after first exploring the Alps and western countries. The company sent each of the 14 participants an excellent guidebook several weeks before the ...

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Southern Loop: Eldorado by Eldorado

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Would you set out for South America on a bike you bought last week, from someone in another country? We’re pretty sure what the answer to that one would be…for most people. Bruce Baillie isn’t most people. Bruce has covered much of the globe in his freewheeling blue-collar career, and has taken many motorcycle rides around Asia, but a few ...

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El Tanque: A Russian Conquest of Latin America

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I looked at the steep slope in front of me, littered with large boulders, deep ruts and debris, and wondered how I’d gotten myself into such a mess. I had already walked up the trail to check if my big Ural would make it around one particularly large boulder in the center of the narrow path. It was going to ...

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Riding Sardinia and Corsica with IMTBike

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It was our second morning in Sardinia. After a bountiful breakfast we were riding along 30 miles of coast road that could cause California’s Big Sur Highway 1 to look a bit boring. A couple of hours later found us in the Gennargentu Mountains, where the well-paved byways, twisting and turning like a triple helix make Tennessee’s Tail of the ...

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