Shrinking The Planet – One Ride At A Time

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Ancient Fortress Walls, Spicy Monks, 80 Year Old Women Riders And An Old Towne Faire

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  This time we breach an ancient fortress wall, meet faceless and spicy monks, meet 80 year old woman motorcycle riders and visit an Olde Towne Faire.  You can travel with us by clicking HERE or cutting and pasting the following link into your web browser.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-11#post-33881665

We hope you come along!

 

 


Pickle Pizza, Apes, Pyromania And New Found Friends

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  This time we leave Lithuania, get a pickle pizza, witness pyromania and find two new friends.  You can ride along with us by clicking HERE or by cutting and pasting the link below into your web browser:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-11#post-33589741

We hope you come along!


We Encounter Mechanical Glitches, Black Bison, Slovakian Harley Heaven And Get Free Harley Fuel

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  This time we run into mechanical problems, find the meeting place of Black Bison, inadvertently find Harley Heaven in Slovakia and get free Harley Fuel.  If you’d like to ride along, click HERE.  If this doesn’t work, cut and paste the below link into your web browser:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-10#post-33330735

 

We hope you come along for the ride!

 


500 Year Old Grapevines, A Lost Phone and Sweltering Heat

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  This time we travel to Slovenia and Hungary, find a 500 year old grapevine, lose a phone with almost all our pictures and dine while swimming (you’ll see what me mean in the post) in the sweltering heat.

You can travel with us by clicking HERE.  If this link doesn’t work, simply cut and paste the below into your web browser:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-10#post-33272165

We hope you will join us.

 

 


Broiling Temperatures, Pizza With A Sex Drive And Thunder In The Dolomites

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  This time we endure more broiling heat, find pizza with a sex drive and rumble through the Dolomite mountains.  If you’d like to ride along, click HERE or cut and paste the below link into your web browser:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-10#post-32802390

Come along and enjoy the ride!


We Come Down Off The Mountain, Ride with Grimsel, And Dine With Fish

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been published.  This time we come down from the mountains of Wengen only to head back up into them and ride the Grimsel Pass.  We end up in the tiny town of Waltensburg, hang out with some of the Swiss National Ski Team and play with fish.

 

You can find the latest by clicking HERE or by cutting and pasting the below link into your browser:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-9#post-32779752

You will definitely enjoy this episode!  Come along for the ride!!!

 

 


We Walk The Royal Walk And Plummet Down A Mountain On Wheels

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  While this time we are off the bikes, we do the Royal Walk up a mountain and then roll down it on 3 wheels.  A very entertaining day.  We’re sure you will enjoy it.


We Find A Wine Cellar, A Beer Brewery, A Bobber and Mountain Cliffs

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  This time we end up in a wine cellar, check out a beer brewery and teeter on the edge of mountain cliffs.  It’s all in a day’s riding.

You can come along with us by clicking HERE  or by cutting and pasting the below link into your web browser:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-9#post-32691696

We hope you come along!

 

 


Hanging Out With The Messenger of the Gods in Mercurey, France

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  This time, we hang out in the tiny wine making village named Mercurey which was named after the God Mercurey… messenger to the Gods.   We find some ancient buildings, wineries and a local resident.

You can travel along with us by clicking HERE.

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We hope you enjoy!


Deeper Into France We Ride, Thunderstorms, Ancient Villages, Wine And Road Construction

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been published.  We ride deeper into France and find thunderstorms, Ancient Villages, lots of wine and road construction.  Each had their fun elements…  If you’d like to come along, click HERE.  Or, you can cut and paste this link into your web browser:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-9#post-32654243

We hope you enjoy the ride with us!


We Attend Class At The Historic Le Mans Circuit Lesarth (24 Hours Of Le Mans) And Hang Out With Chickens

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  This time, we head out to the historic and famous Le Mans Circuit and check out the museum there.  Some amazing history with great exhibits from racing over the years.  If you like racing (and even if you don’t) you won’t want to miss this episode.  To see what we saw, click HERE.

If this link doesn’t work, cut and paste the below in to your web browser:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-9#post-32583130

We hope you enjoy!!!


Eastward Through France, We Visit the Mont.

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble takes us further east across France with a visit to the famous Mont Saint Michel.  An amazing Middle Ages Fortress and Monastery, it was attacked many times in history, but never taken.  We walk through and find “interesting” things inside.

If you’d like to visit, click HERE.

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http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-9#post-32569449

We hope you enjoy!

 

 


An Emotional Day In Normandy

The latest entry of our Planet Ramble has just been posted.  For us it was an emotional day on the beaches of Normandy, France.  You can read and see what happened by clicking HERE: or cut and paste the below link into your browser.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-8#post-32523870


Ride2ADV Starts Phase 2 Of Our World Ramble

We are ready to start Phase 2 of our Planet Ramble.  We’re off and riding Saturday June 3 for a few months.  This trip will mostly be on pavement, so were doing a bit of an experiment and will be riding two modified Ducati Scramblers.  Kim will be on a Scrambler Icon and Mike will be on a Scrambler Desert Sled.  We’ve had to make some modifications to make the bikes suitable for our intended riding.  The bikes now have aluminum panniers and top boxes.  Kim’s bike has both upper and lower “case guards”, while Mike’s Desert Sled has only uppers.  There is now weather protection for our hands, heated grips, oil cooler protection and some very bright led lighting.  The last significant change is the addition of some larger and more sure footed footpegs.

There are some additional minor changes like a headlight guard on the Desert Sled and oversize sidestand feet.  When we return, we’ll be looking at adding a bash plate (when we can find a quality one), or fabricate one ourselves if need be.  Since this trip is to be mostly on road, this really shouldn’t be an issue.  We are also running on OEM tires and will likely change to Continental TKC-80s for our trip to Morocco next Spring.

So what do they look like now?  Here are a few pics.

If you’d like to see a brief video on the changes made to the Desert Sled, click the below video or on the link below the video.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled Adventure Modifications


Ride2ADV Nearly Ready for Phase 2 of Our Planet Ramble

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We’re getting excited to start Phase 2 of our Planet Ramble.  Last year we rode across North America from Vermont, USA to Alaska, USA.  For Phase 2 will we be shipping our bikes (both Ducati Scramblers) to London to start a large clockwise circular route.  Although subject to change depending what we find and see along the way, we should be traveling through England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and France.  We’ll return to England and fly back to the USA.

We will be storing the bikes in England until March, 2018 when we’ll return to London and complete counter-clockwise journey through Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.  Once leaving southern Morocco, we will head north and once back into Europe, head east, ultimately spending some time in Italy, before returning ourselves and bikes to London for return to the US.  This part of the journey is exciting and we’ll be posting about what we’ve seen and done as we travel.

Once again, we will have a satellite tracking capability so you can see us in real time as we travel.  We’ll post link and additional info soon.

Until later!!!


Rain, Bright Green Buildings, High Speed Cats, Fog & Barns

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has been posted.  This time we ride in rain, park in front of bright green buildings, jump a Cat, play in the fog, and stand in front of a barn.  You can find it by clicking HERE or by cutting and pasting the link below into your browser.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-7#post-30988744

We hope you enjoy it.


Bulging Trees, More Cable Ferries & Shrimp Factory Ships

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has been posted.  This time we find bulging trees, more cable ferries, shrimp factory ships and more rain.  You can find it by clicking HERE or by cutting and pasting the link below into your browser.  We hope you enjoy it.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-7#post-30958680


We Visit With Friends, Have Dinner and Entertain Mice

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has been posted.  Riding the remainder of the Cabot Trail, we stop to visit some old friends and make new ones we hadn’t planned on.  You can find it by CLICKING HERE, or by cutting and pasting the link below:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-7#post-30951393

We hope you enjoy the latest.


Crossing Into Canada We Find Craft Beer, A Very Large Bird, Thoroughbred Race Horses, Wind Turbines And Gravel Roads Along The Ocean

The latest episode of our Planet Ramble has been posted.  This time we travel from Maine into Canada and find interesting craft beers, a very large bird, thoroughbred race horses, wind turbines and deserted gravel roads alongside the ocean.  You can find it by clicking HERE or by cutting and pasting the link below:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-7#post-30818710

We hope you enjoy the latest!


Riding Into The Heart of Maine, We Find Rain, A Mill and Teddy Roosevelt

The latest episode of Stage 1A to our Planet Ramble has been posted.  We ride into the heart of Maine in darkness, but miss hitting any moose.  We end up exploring a state park where I walk on water and we hole up in an “old mill”.  The following day we ride in rain and very bright sun.  Then, in a very small town, we find relics from America’s 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt and Suffolk, England’s red communications technology.

You can find it by clicking HERE or cutting and pasting the link below into your browser.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-6#post-30802982


Stage 1A Of Our Planet Ramble Begins; We Go North!

The latest edition of our Planet Ramble has been posted.  Instead of heading south to warmer weather, we do the opposite and head north.  We prep two brand new machines for this adventure. Kim rides a Ducati Scrambler and Mike rides a Honda Africa Twin.  At the beginning of this portion of our journey, we get lost in Maine, ride in the dark in moose country and head for the Canadian border.

You can find the latest by clicking HERE.

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Hope you enjoy our latest!

 


The Final Days Of Stage 1 Of Our Planet Ramble

The latest edition of our Planet Ramble has been posted.  Today we ride from Glennallen, and Eagle River Alaska and end up at the airport for our flight home to Vermont.  On the way, we pass some amazing glaciers, take the time to smell the flowers, ride great twisty roads and have a special guest send us off.

You can find the latest by clicking HERE or cutting and pasting the link below:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-6#post-30759820

 

 

 


Destruction Bay, Crossing the Border, A Failing Bike And Kim Gets Sick

The latest edition of our Planet Ramble has been posted.  We leave Destruction Bay and ride the final miles back to the US border, where my lack of attention to maintenance rears its ugly head and Kim gets sick.

You can find this update by clicking HERE or cutting and pasting the link below:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-6#post-30750141

 


Building the ALCAN Highway, The RCMP and Finding Destruction (Bay)

The latest edition of our Planet Ramble has been posted.  Today we travel more of the ALCAN, have a quick visit with the RCMP and find Destruction (Bay) along the way.  You can see it by clicking HERE or by clicking/cutting and pasting the link below:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kim-mikes-most-excellent-planet-ramble.1151194/page-6#post-30740673

We hope you enjoy it!