A Baikal Tour

A Baikal Tour

Border crossings always make me nervous. Waiting times, forms in foreign languages and characters, extensive inspection of the truck, people jumping the queue and being dependent of the sometimes badly-minded officials. A good dose of Zen is essential. And when you think that everything is over, a car insurance policy must be taken out. Credit cards are not accepted. People want cash in loca...
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Mongolia

Mongolia

A few days before the celebration of the annual Naadam festival I arrive in Mörön and take residence in a hotel to enjoy a normal bed and to benefit from the WIFI connection. Piggy has had to pay a lot on the Mongolian tracks in the last few days. It is frustrating to experience that he does not have the right qualities to defy the num...
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From Russia to Mongolia

From Russia to Mongolia

Again, the border formalities between Kazakhstan and Russia take a lot of time on both sides. This time, after 5 long hours, I can finally set foot on Russian soil. Just over the border I still have to arrange my car insurance. Two small offices on opposite sides of the road, manned by two competing ladies, offer me the opportunity to do so. One lady is trying to make contact with me by stepping o...
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Armenia

Armenia

After a three week stay in the Netherlands and with a double entry visa for Russia, I return to Tbilisi to find Piggy in good health. The visa is valid for 3 months starting May 15, which means that I will skip Azerbaijan and spend the short time remaining in Armenia. In Tbilisi I get caught in the rush-hour,  total chaos at the intersections. Often there are no traffic lights, so the strongest...
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And the voyage continues again

And the voyage continues again

After a month in Corinthos I cannot resist it anymore and go back to the adventure. The sun is doing its best so I quickly respond to the travel jitters. At first I travel back to Thessaloniki where I have made an appointment at the well-known Steyr garage for an extensive service. I get an address where the bottom of the cabin is welded and strengthened again. I now hope for once and for all to g...
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Bad Luck in Greece

Bad Luck in Greece

The month of November and the first half of December is largely dominated by an accumulation of bad luck with Piggy. It starts at my location in Thessaloniki, where I discover during the check of the oil level that the transverse support tube of the cabin has been broken off. I already heard some cracking when driving, but could not find out where the cause was. Now I can understand the cause of t...
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Zigzagging through the Balkan

Zigzagging through the Balkan

Time flies when you're having fun and since my last blog I have travelled more than 4500 kilometres and passed 10 frontiers. While I am writing this, I realise that I have been travelling for about 1.5 years by now. Altogether, Piggy has taken me 40.000 km. over good and bad roads through 26 countries. The average world traveller might take one year to go around the world, but I hope that this ...
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