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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Dear Family & Friends,Our adventure is almost complete but still lots of fun and surprises…..After saying good bye to our gracious hosts Merielle and Rudy and I gave my lovely wife a big hub and kiss we took off.The morning was cool but no rain and it looked much clearer than yesterday. We could actually see blue sky.We rode...
Oct. 25th TuesdayDear Family & Friends,We left Strasbourg and rode a couple of hours to a very small town of Dietrich.  Basically it was a stop over on our way to Belgium.. As a bonus one block from our hotel was the Luxembourg National Automobile museum! So we spent a good 45 minutes there and saw everything twice..Wednesday morning we...
Saturday Oct. 22ndDear Family & Friends,It seems as we approach the end of our adventure time is really going by fast..We spent two enjoyable days in Strausbourg, France.. I would highly recommend the city for a stop on any tour of Europe. It is located on the Northern edge of France right along the German boarder, so it has mixture of French and German culture there. It is a very old city with classic old architecture, a 1000 year old cathedral, a beautiful town square and gentle flowing canals throughout the city. A great place to stroll around. I took several long walks while there and thoroughly enjoyed myself..  Easy to get lost there with all the twisty streets but I completely turned off my navigational responsibilities and left it up to Duane..  We always eventually got back to our hotelOur hotel is a grand old hotel in classic European fashion. Lots of wood details and paneling and an elevator that looked like it was built in the 1800s. An all wood and glass elevator with a wrought iron gate.. Even though it was very old, it worked most of the time.. There were a couple occasions I had to walk the five floor of stairs to get to my room.After two days there it was time to keep moving.. Since we were both tired of riding in big cities and the country side here is so beautiful I booked us rooms in Luxembourg in the small village of Diekrich. It was an easy 2 3/4 hour ride from Strasbourg and the last hour was through some beautiful country lanes passing along villages and forests.. A bonus is the Luxembourg National Automobile Museum was two blocks from our hotel!.  The ride was easy and mostly dry ( a few sprinkles) but as we go father and father north and it is getting to be late fall it is getting COLD! Today it never got out of the 40s range and with the wind chill factor it certainly felt cold. (even with all our riding gear and electric jackets)Once we arrived we checked into our hotel and walked around town. That took about ten minutes. We had lunch and I went for a walk on my own. During my walk I passed by the Luxembourg National Car Museum.....
Oct. 20th Thursday   Dear Family & Friends,   This will be a quick report. For all my concern about the weather during our last week of our trip the weather has turned out to be much better than I expected. Cool, low 50s high 40s but no rain and only partly cloudy. With modern riding gear I can be warm in any temperature. We got up early this morning and met our friend Georg and his son Robin. They took his retro Jaguar hot rod and we on our motorcycles and set out for about an hours ride to the Schlumpf museum. A quick back story. The Schlumpf brothers were very successful Swiss business men that manufactured cloth in France and LOVED Bugattis. Unfortunately, they loved the cars a bit too much. They collected the largest collection of Bugattis anywhere but bankrupted their company doing it. I also believe they spent their employees pension savings on cars, which of course the employees were not happy about.. The French government prosecuted them ( I am not sure if they avoided prison or not) and they lost their entire collection. Since then many other cars have been added to the museum and it is certainly one of the largest collection of Buggatis and other classic cars in the world. If you like cars go to my blog for LOTS of photos. After the museum we all had lunch, said our good bye, and Georg gave us an impressive display of spinning donuts in the parking lot. Duane and I put on all our riding gear, turned up the heated jackets and rode for about another hour to the French town of Strausborg. If is very close to Germany hence the name. We are staying right downtown in an old traditional hotel with an elevator right out of the 19th century. We are going to spend two nights here so tomorrow is a site seeing day and a bit of relaxation. Again if you like cars go to my blog!! Jason PS: Here is a short video of Dune, Georg, and myself riding through the back roads of Switzerland Riding Motorcycles through Switzerland Entering the...
Oct. 19th WednesdayDear Family & Friends,Well the adventure continues… Kim is home safe and sound and I am relieved. Duane and I left Rome and started working our way north. For two days we just blasted up the highways from Rome to Florence and then Florence to Lake Como. The highways here are FAST.. We cruised at 85-90mph and...
Dear Family & Friends,It seems the adventure is starting to gain momentum towards the end even though I have three and half weeks to go.Sunday the three of us did the obligatory tour of Rome. A very quick minimal tour. We took a taxi into downtown.. (Seems my other two travelers have more sense than me and didn't think...

Greetings from Rome

October 15th Saturday?Dear Family & Friends,Yesterday we said good bye to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. I loved the area but riding a motorcycle there is challenging to say the least.. When it is over, no matter how difficult it is,  you always look back and say, “WOW that was fun”.. We took off in the morning and rode about 45...

Ciao from Amalfi!

Oct. 10th ??   Dear Family & Friends,   Yesterday we were in Cassino, Italy. We got up and prepared for a wet ride south to the Amalfi Coast… It was about a two hour ride with rain and thunder storms predicted. The ride was ably lead by Duane and we did run into about a two minute deluge but for the most part it was...

Karma is a Bitch.

Saturday’s Follow Up Report, or Karma is a BitchDear Family & Friends,After I wrote the last report this morning we met for a quick breakfast and an early start to what was supposed to be a short ride of two hours and an afternoon in the city of Cassino.As we met at the motorcycles I could tell something was bothering...
Saturday Oct. ?Dear Family and Friends,This report will be about the fundamental truth of motorcycle traveling…. things don't always go as planned….Thursday we all left Venice after a wonderful week. My daughter Sarah and Daune’s wife Linda flew home to California on one of the longest convoluted routes possible. They arrived home safe and sound but very tired…  Bonnie and...

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