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Bo 'n' Louise

A blog about one of our trips

The unprepared round-the-world tour starting 29th of June 2009.
First phase was from USA to South America on motorcycles. We made it, and the bikes are sold.
Second phase was the South Pacific... from island to island in old fashion backpacker style.
Third phase was around and around in Southeast Asia.
In fourth phase Louise went back to Denmark (August 2010) for work, while Bo continued in East Asia.
In fifth phase we were both on work, Louise in South America and Bo in Southeast Asia.
In the sixth phase Louise was in Denmark while Bo was making his way home through Russia.
By November 2010 both Louise and Bo were back in Denmark and an amazing journey has ended - but then there is always the next trip :-)

It is happening

USA Posted on Sat, July 18, 2009 11:39:52

So today is the day we have been waiting for. We are leaving for Mexico. The bikes got fixed up until late yesterday with the help of Eagle Mike (read more about this great fellow under motorcycle info) and the cosiness of “Hostel Malene” must now be left behind. We are off….. wrooom.



Monster

USA Posted on Thu, July 16, 2009 04:06:20

A mean machine, and I’m not talking about another motorcycle, but a food waste disposer… a so-called in-sink-erator.

It is our super sweet and welcoming host Malene that is the happy owner of the all-eating monster. It placed underneath the kitchen sink and it works by having everything scoope down its throat, which it then grinds to pieces and flushes out with the waste water. Apparently it is a normally thing to have and it is just like in the movies. I must admit that I don’t feel comfortable around it since stuff get stuck in it all the time… and it doesn’t seem super kid-safe neither since a child’s arm easily can fit in the hole – but it is just so damn American. Bless you all.



Bikes bikes bikes… (I’m looking for a good time..)

USA Posted on Wed, July 15, 2009 02:38:48

Focus is a little one-sided now – after loosing one bike Bo took the other one down to Mikes workshop for and they fixed some of the things that it needed done, while I tried once more to revive my volleyball skills on the beach with Malene. The boys had had a long day and talked about many things including the fact that we needed a bike. Mike just happened to know someone selling one and Sunday evening the owner was kind enough to let us come and have a look at it. It needed some work but by noon Monday the bike was ours – or mine 🙂 and all paperwork taken care of. Sooo much easier!!

The next day we rode the bikes down to Mikes again and spend the entire day in the blazing sun in front of the workshop – borrowing all his tools and picking his brain about all kind of stuff..

It was good to get started on the new bike – feels like we are finally (soon to be anyway) on our way…

On the picture you can see Chuck (previous owner) and the new owner of the bike between us 😀



Sea World

USA Posted on Sun, July 12, 2009 02:02:05

We also went to Sea World today… so what should I write about that.

The killer whale show started patriotic with thanks to the serving people… or family of, or friends of, or… It was a pure sea mammal musical in water – show and entertainment in the best Hollywood style. Louise petted some bat rays, the bushes played elevator music and they even had found several ways to sell water (my favorite was the water cannon aimed at the water-rollercoaster). Maybe I just had a warm day in my new motorcycle boots.



One bike less

USA Posted on Sun, July 12, 2009 01:54:24

First we had no bikes, then one, then two… and now we are back to one, so what the heck happened here?

The first motorcycle we bought had some issue with the paperwork. The owner promised that everything was in order but every time we went to the registration office there was still a problem. The alarm bell was ringing, but every time the owner had a plausible explanation; “it has not been typed in yet”, “should be ready in a couple of days”, “a new original is on its way from the bank”. We even saw a copy of the document. So today we went back to the seller again and asked about the paper. Yes yes, he just got the tracking number from Fed Ex and on request he checked that it would arrive on Monday, but when Louise unintentionally asked if she could see the tracking website the whole situation took a new twist. Oh, the computer was just closed down. On request it got started again, but this time the web didn’t work… though it just did a second earlier… but we could just have our money back. Well, thank you, but do we understand any of it? We have absolute no clue what has been going on, but we are happy to be out of it (though the bike was nice).

So now we need to find another motorcycle.



Boys and bikes

USA Posted on Thu, July 09, 2009 03:10:11


Another set of wheels came into our
possesion today! A Belgian who had been travelling around the US and
latest through Baja California (Mexico) was selling his bike. It had
already been all geared up with the help of ”Eagle-Mike” who is a
legend in the world of KLRs. We went to se him a few days ago and he
litterally has several bikes lying around in small pieces. Both bikes
will be taken to him for the final touch-up before the trip.. He is
the KLR-wiz and hopefully will be able to help us fix the the
radiator and other little things on the boy-bike 😉 – right now you
need to stop every 5 miles and pour more water into the radiator..
not really suitable for a long days drive…

Another day in line at the DMV (Dept of
motor vehicles) and the bike was registered in Bo’s name and then
insurance was just a phone call away. Tomorrow we return the rental
car and then we start depending upon the bikes…



Two wheels

USA Posted on Tue, July 07, 2009 15:53:44

We have managed to get some wheels, though only two. We are still missing one bike, but we have finally become bikers… or rather Louise has since this first one is hers. There are not that many motorcycles of this type for sale and the ones that are, have not all been what we are looking for. So far we have inspected a few and settled on this fine older one (2004) which is in perfect condition (let’s see how long that will last). Next step is to get it registered and insured, not super easy since we don’t have American licenses (and haven’t own bikes for three years). Well well, it will all be fine. You can (soon) find more bike details under “Motorcycle info” on the right hand side.

But else, it’s great to be back in Big USA. Everything here in San Diego is far from each other with highways and parking area filling in the gaps, but when you finally escape the tarmac maze you can find hippie beach communities, posh residence area and worn down trashy suburbs with liquor stores and nail shop as only successful businesses. The people we meet are super friendly and full of advices… and warnings. Their own place (country, town, street) is always safe, but the neighbor, oh my god. Criminals and drug trafficker at best and we shouldn’t be driving in city/countryside/highways/toll roads/at night/… but else, “a gorgeous country”. And then we are wished all the best, while they think theirs about these mad vikings.



4th of July

USA Posted on Tue, July 07, 2009 15:29:21

Fourth of July – American Independence day – is one of the few holidays over here and that calls for celebration. Our lovely ”landlady” Malene brought us along to party in a fancy house on top of Point Loma, a peninsula with superb wiev of downtown San Diego and 4x super coordinated fireworks. Barbeque, burgers, ribs and wine and beer in coolers on the amazing terasse set the scene and at 9 o’clock a fantastic red, blue and white dominated firework erupted. The two little girls at the party were thrilled with the huge ”happy faces” that lit up the sky – an absolutely supurb happening!



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