Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Next Mission.

While all of you are running / swimming / drinking / shopping / dancing at the OOW party in SF, I'm planning my next trip.  Just another work-mission of course.

I will be speaking at and usergroup conferences together with some some old friends and lots in interesting new people that I look forward to meeting.

Check the links to the conferences here. SIOUG is in Lubljana, the lovely capital of Slovenia:

And HROUG is in Rovinj, on the Adriatic coast:

This trip will not be as long as expedition I did last summer, visiting 3 conferences, doing 12000km including some classic mountain passes. But I still look forward to riding a lot of interesting roads on the motorcycle.

Here is the approximate route-plan for the coming weeks:

the route.. click to enlarge

If anyone who lives along the route wants a quick consulting visit or simply has good coffee, drop me a note. I always like to stop by hospitable folks (and I may need to dry some clothes if the weather isn't cooperating)

In case of moderate weather, I will have to use the toll-roads and tunnels like everybody else, but if the weather is good, I will search out some real motorcycle roads !

Best thing I ever did: re-start my motorcycle-life after so many years!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Live to Ride....

Agenda Update! Here is what I plan to do in the next two months...
(remind me to update the list to the right... I'm not very disciplined blogger these days - will try to prioritize soon...)

As some of you know, I plan to visit several OUG events by Motorbike. Start date is 24 May, leaving from Spa, B. And return on the 23rd to The Hague, back to work (if I'm still in one piece, if my customers will still have me, if my colleagues havnt filled my seats..)

Firstly, the Bike (I named her Beauty-Case, you can check why) the Bike gets a large maintenance and new tyres (rear tyre is in dire need, I ride it way too much...). After I break in the tyres, it is off to the East, leaving on 24th.

If it all works out, than this is approximately the proposed route (c/o Google maps, right-click to new tab to zoom):

Of course, I'm posting the map with a purpose: If you live along the route and fancy a coffee or light meal, drop me a line.

First destination is SrOUG, which runs from 28 to 30May:

click to check them out....

Next is a trek north, through Hungaria, Slovakia, Poland, then the Via Baltica through Latvia and  Lithuania, on to Talinn in Estonia, where I have a Tallink ferry to catch for Helsinki.

OUGF happens at Haltia (google it!) on 05 and 06Jun.

After OUGF, which includes a night of Camping (Glamping, I hope), it is Ferry again to Tallin, and a trek south to Sandanski (that is surprisingly close to Greece, so yeah; South). Sandanski is where BGOUG takes place from 13 to 15Jun.

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Then it is back to The Hague where, on 23Jun, I hope to take up residence in a new(ly rented) apartment with a nice View!

And back to work - the finance-chief of PDVBV (that is me!) will want me to fill the coffers after such a splash (and I might need a new rear tyre again).

BTW: Cross  fingers that the Internet connection at the apartment works by then. Imagine returning "home" after 9000km and no connectivity to brag about it...


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