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How do we prepare
for each trip &
what gear do we carry?

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Middle East Trip Preparation  - February 17 to August 23, 2006 - Planning Stages

The preparation work for the six (6) month Middle East trip started way back in February 2005. 

We have purchased detailed Middle East maps, travel books and found a lot of information on the internet.  Many friends, who have been in the area, have also helped us with the planning.  The route we have chosen is based on area/historical sites we want to visit.

Our research concluded that we couldn't pass through Saudi Arabia, since females are not allowed to pilot a motorcycle. The plan is to start our journey in Dubai, UAE. From United Arab Emirates, we travel through Oman and Yemen.  From Yemen we hope to get onto a freighter ship to Egypt.  After exploring Egypt, we enter Jordan, north to Syria, Lebanon and into Turkey.  After Turkey we ferry over to Cyprus and onwards to Israel.  We decided to visit Israel last, due to the passport Israel stamp issues for other Middle East countries.  From Israel back on the ferry to Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Germany. 

Pending on time, we might have to leave some of these countries for the next trip. 

Trip Planning (Check List):

February 2005:

March 2005:

Some of the Maps & Travel Books.


Mike's GPS

Ruby's GPS

April 2005:

May 2005:

8 hrs of actual phycial wilderness training.


First Aid Equipment available.

Role playing ... someone hurt while hiking. Splinding a injured leg.

Mike's group with the instructor Doug Ritchie (far right).

Ruby's group. Walter was the victim (centre).

A course we should have taken a long time ago.

Averatec Lap Top Computer with 12.1" LCD. It is only 1" thick and 4.5 lbs. Pentax Optio WP Digital Camera, with 3xOptical Zoom, 5MP, and Waterproof up to 1.5m. Garmin City Select Europe GPS maps.

June 2005:

BMW Enduro Off-Road Course in Germany

July/August 2005:

Yukon, NWT, Alaska Trip

September 2005:

October 2005:

December 2005:

January 2006:

Gear for the Trip Ruby's Crate before assembly. Mike's Crate before assembly. Angus in his Tire on Wheels Truck. New Metzler Tourance Tires. Jan. 27, 2006. Mike's Bike is getting new Metzler Tourance Tires.
Angus and Tire on Wheels Hard at work. Balancing the Tires. New Tires. Jan. 28, 2006. Starting to Crate. Randy being in charge.
Final touches to Ruby's Crate. Had to remove the handle bar, wind screen and GPS mount to make it fit. Rear view. That's it. One final check. Tying down Mike's Bike. Final Touches.
Final Check. We did it. Thanks Randy.        

February 2006:

Feb. 14, 2006. Loading the motorcycles. Trucking company was Monarch Messenger. Loading took all of 45 minutes. Rusty doing all the work. Where is Mike? Loaded on the Truck. On its way to the Airport.
Special Cake for our going away party. Ruby & Mike's Middle East Adventure. Great turn-out. Thanks for the great support. Yeah we made it. Mike can't resist the cake.

Middle East & Eastern Europe Preliminary Schedule

Date Days Country
From To
February 18, 2006 February 26, 2006 8 UAE
February 26, 2006 March 15, 2006 17 Oman
March 15, 2006 March 29, 2006 14 Yemen
March 29, 2006 April 19, 2006 21 Egypt
April 19, 2006 May 3, 2006 14 Jordan
May 3, 2006 May 13, 2006 10 Syria
May 13, 2006 May 23, 2006 10 Lebanon
May 23, 2006 June 13, 2006 21 Turkey
June 13, 2006 June 18, 2006 5 Cyprus
June 18, 2006 June 28, 2006 10 Israel
June 28, 2006 July 26, 2006 28 Greece
July 26, 2006 August 5, 2006 10 Bulgaria
August 5, 2006 August 15, 2006 10 Romania
August 15, 2006 August 23, 2006 8 Germany



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