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World Tour 2008 - Week 08 Chapter : 30 Jun ~ 04 Jul 2008




Welcome to Week 08, the final "week" of the 2008 World Tour.  In the span of a few days, we ride from Poland, through the tip of Slovakia, into the Czech Republic, and make way to our final destination, Munich.


The sticker shock of pricing in Euros (at least for those of us whose income in based on US Dollars) is more than offset by the simple joys of credit card operated, self-service gas pumps, being able to take any route to our day's destination, and the total lack of police checks and road blocks.  Instead of hours-long border crossings, we desperately seek out the last few remaining border guards and beg them to stamp visas in our passports.


After a few days to wind things down in Europe, a number of the group heads off to the largest BMW rally on the planet, BMW's Motorrad Days (formerly known as the BMW Biker Meeting) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a most fitting way to end the long haul across Eurasia.


Individual and Group photos of the participants "on tour" are at the bottom of this page.  It's been a great ride, and we thank you for making the journey with us.



Until next time,

Mike M. Paull - Guide



Day 52 - 02 JUL2008 - Brno, Czech Republic - Dan Townsley



Our last few days on the road before Munich starts in Brno, the Czech Republic.  It is not a large city but like most of Europe the history is all around you.  Our dinner this evening is in a Wine Cellar that was once part of the Abbey where Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics, educated the world.  Of course it was not until 1900, sixteen years after his death, that Mendel’s work was recognized for its importance.  One never knows from whom enlightenment will come.  A quick stop in Passau and on to Munich.  Having a few days in Munich was good and, well, good.  A new helmet and some gloves were in order for me as well as the opportunity to get some needed service for a few of the group.


The World Tour 2008 is over… and I'm sorry.  I’m sorry that I didn’t take more pictures.  I’m sorry that I didn’t deal with challenges as well as I could have.  I’m sorry that I didn’t know what was around every corner.  I must do this again so I can do better.


Happy trails to you, ‘til we meet again.







Day 54 - 04 Jul 2008 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - BMW Motorrad Days Rallye



We leave Munich for the short ride down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.  The objective is the 2008 addition of BMW Motorrad Days.  This is a very major event for BMW AG and the largest gathering of BMW customers outside of the US BMWMOA Rally.  The venue is one of the best as Garmisch is the gateway to the German Alps.  And of course, a ride up to the top of the Zugspitze was a must.  BMW Motorrad Days is different from our US Rallies in that there are only a few BMW “Partner” Vendors and they don’t sell stuff like at our Rallies.  They did have very cool demo rides and clinics you could sign up for.  Unfortunately, I didn’t figure this out until I had missed my opportunity to do the BMW Enduro Clinic up on the Ski slope.  I’m sure the nightly entertainment was grand but I’m not much of a party animal so I was back to the Hotel and in bed by 10pm.  They definitely had the food covered though!  Next time, Enduro Clinic here I come.  By the way, if you want an event T-Shirt you had better buy one on Friday and not wait until Saturday ‘cause there won’t be much to choose from.





Day 54 ~ 56- 04 through 06 Jul 2008 - BMW Motorrad Days 2008, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

If you ever take the road less traveled on an overseas tour, chances are the most any other rider you chance to meet will be riding some variant of BMW's "GS" class adventure touring bike.  Certainly, there are other makes and marques up to the task, but most world travelers choose a GS based on their robustness and reliability.  The class is so popular it even has it's own entry in Wikipedia (see it by clicking here), and there are numerous websites dedicated to it, the most complete being The BMW RG/S and GS, hosted on


As a thank you to its many (motorbike) customers the world over, BMW holds an annual BeemerFest in Germany, now called Motorrad Days. Of course, this is not a GS-specific event, but as the best selling bike in BMW's growing line-up, it's a special pleasure to ride to the rally on one, especially if you've traveled from New Zealand or North America, through Japan, and Beijing onwards to attend!


This year, it's estimated 34,000 people attended.  We have it on good authority from a local taxi driver that not all of these were bikers, as many of the local townspeople attend just for the party.  BMW Motorrad spends lavishly for Motorrad Days.  In addition to the corporate displays and selected partners' booths, there are shows, demos (to include a dirt and enduro riding course set up just for the event), presentations, beer gardens and food (to include an enormous OktoberFest-sized tent), even a "beach"!



Images from the World Tour 2008




Riders of the World Tour 2008



Henry Black, 2007 KTM Adventure - California, USA


Debbie Christian, 2006 BMW F650GS - Washington (State), USA


Harrison Christian, 2004 BMW R1150GS Adventure, Washington (State), USA


Michael Jones, 2005 BMW R1200GS - Georgia, USA


Terry Nielsen, 1984 BMW R80G/S - Minnesota, USA


Ed Olsen, 2007 BMW R1200GS Adventure - Washington (State), USA


Tom "TJ" Parrent, 2006 BMW F650GS Dakar - Michigan, USA


Mike M. Paull (GlobeRiders Guide), 2005 BMW R1200GS/EZS Rally L Sidecar - Washington (State), USA


Tom Reiter, 2007 BMW R1200GS Adventure - Washington (DC), USA


Stuart Robertson, 2007 BMW R1200GS Adventure - Auckland, New Zealand


Dan Townsley (GlobeRiders Guide), 2005 BMW R1150GS Adventure - Washington (State), USA




Group Photo from the World Tour 2008


From left to right:  Harrison Christian, Debbie Christian, Mike M. Paull, Ed Olsen, Stuart Robertson, Tom Reiter, Henry Black, Michael Jones, Tom "TJ" Parrent, Terry Nielsen, Dan Townsley - 40 kilometers west of Hailar, Inner Mongolia.



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