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Italy 

After checking out of the campus hostel I had some time to kill before meeting up with Marko and friends later that day. They were on the same ferry from Dubrovnik I had arrived on but a day later. After wandering around the harbour in Bari I spent the rest of the afternoon sleeping under a big tree by the sea. The harbour and seafront are the best bit about Bari, so it was a very pleasant and warm way to kill some time.

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Dubrovnik to Bari

I arrived in Dubrovnik late afternoon to discover that the next ferry to Bari, Italy was not until 20:30 the next day. So I needed to find a room for the night. In the end, a room found me as there were plenty of locals touting for rooms at the ferry port. After looking a room over I took one right opposite the ferry port. Dubrovnik was quite interesting, I rode around the old walled city and walked along the harbour.

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Adriatic Coast Highway

Leaving Trieste I was heading for Zadar in Croatia. It was getting very hot as I got further south which reduced the number of miles I could comfortably cover in a day. I overnighted in a hostel in Zadar before taking the Adriatic Coast Highway south to Dubrovnik. The coast highway reminded me a lot of the fiords of Norway. The mountains are not quite so high but the way the road hugs the coast and twists and winds was very similar.

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Trieste

Of the 4 days I spent in Garmisch, 2 were in heavy showers and 2 in glorious sunshine. Luckily the were interleaved, so I did manage to dry out before getting wet again. Leaving on Sunday afternoon I headed south in the general direction of Italy. I crossed the Alps through the Brenner Pass and was soon in Italian wine country. It seemed as if every piece of land that didn’t have a building or road on it was a vineyard.

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BMW Motorrad Days

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Garmisch

After riding through Munich I arrived in Garmisch. It was mid-afternoon and just as I arrived, it started raining. It continued to rain, monsoon more like, while I put up my tent. Then it stopped and the sun came out, which was nice. After finding a little bar for dinner it started raining again, this time it didn’t stop. The rain last so long I was forced to stay in the bar and watch the football show.

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Bydgoszcz

A friend I know from Bristol and used to work with was coincidentally working in Bydgoszcz, just north west of Warsaw. So that seemed a good enough reason to head in that direction. Dave, of course, just happened to be in the most expensive hotel in the area, but fortunately as he was in a twin room I was able to share his room. Together with Robert, Dave’s colleague, we hit the town.

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Warsaw, wow!

So, with bike all serviced I left Białystok and headed for Warsaw. Before starting this trip I hadn’t any idea what to expect in Poland. In fact I hadn’t thought much further than Scandinavia. But since arriving in Poland I had been completely blown away. There is some amazing scenery, the people are friendly and it is very cheap.

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Tallinn, Estonia to Białystok, Poland via Latvia and Lithuania

Blimey, Estonia is small. There I was riding along then all of a sudden I was at the Latvian border. I got the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn that morning, and arrived in Estonia a couple of hours later. Didn’t really have a plan, just headed in the general direction of Poland. Tallinn wasn’t particularly appealing, with the exception of Helsinki, all ferry ports seem to be in the worse parts of town.

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Helsinki

Done the tourist thing in Helsinki, and here are the photos to prove it.

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