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Pascal “Le Bakala” Gienger
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#today - that was my morning. With American Burger lunch at the end.
Riding a little bit along the rhine valley. 130km in the morning with many stops. Just for the sake of moving and feeling the wind.

10'691 km so far, since August 2nd, 2016. On a Yamaha XSR 900.
Winter break only 3 weeks due to snowfall. Apart from that, rode through the whole winter.
And the wheels keep spinning and spinning....

May 31st, 2016: First time of my life I sat on a motorcycle. Discovery lesson with my future driving instructor.
Never rode motorized two wheels before. No moped, no light cycle, no e-Bike. And very rarely bicycle. Even on the bicycle I fell quite often.
June 2nd, 2016: Riding lessons began.
August 2nd, 2016: Bought my own bike. Since then: 10'691 km.

I tried the tight 8 on an empty parking lot, and I made it just with my consciousness. No uncertainty feeling any more. Slower than a pedestrian walk.

I learned something completely new and totally far from my existing experience. And it has been a success so far. That is a really awesome feeling.

A little bit similar to +Sven Krämer 's learning curve with the car permit. He also went from 0 to 100 and blogged every step - it was him which was part of the confidence that I can make it, too.

Life is about #growing . Never say "I can't do that". Put yourself out of the comfort zone. Learn. Be open. Be attentive. Set your goals. And you will make it. And yes, it is an awesome feeling.

#motorcycle #motorbike
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It's broken, Jim. 

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If the Swiss German Dialect was not here it would have been perfect.
At least a Spanish speaking couple is next to me, making it much more original :-)

I miss those diners in the middle of nowhere.... (and the affordable guestroom for a night when you decide to play pool too long with the locals...)
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Panorama at the Rhine River, near Jüppen. At Full (AG) ferry point.
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Somewhere in rural Switzerland.
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Germany ist just over there. With loud festivities - "Dirty Thursday" - German Fassnacht (Carnival).

Here on the Swiss side it is silent. Good to get some work done.
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Excellent article written by James Kirchick. He explains the difference between Steve Bannon and Angela Merkel, and their total opposing views.

Money quote:

The Chancellor, who grew up in communist East Germany, innately understands Vladimir Putin’s Russia as a threat to Western values and security. Fending off complaints from both her left (Greece’s Syriza-led government) and right (Hungary’s Viktor Orban), she has held the line on the European Union sanctions regime imposed upon Moscow for its territorial annexation of Crimea and ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which she termed as exemplifying “the law of the jungle.”

Bannon, meanwhile, like Trump, sees Russia as a potential ally in the fight against Islamic terrorism as well as a bulwark in defense of traditional values; both Bannon and Putin support the same, illiberal populists currently on the rise across Europe.


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Taking an other road to ride to work feels great when the sun comes up. Only regional/local roads, white signage, and many turns. And you see Zürich down the valley, the Hard tower as a small line at the low horizon.
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Post factual world, fake news, alternative facts : They kill.

Measles coming back due to Anti-Vaccination propaganda and parents refusing to get their children vaccinated.

For scientifically thinking persons this world becomes a complete mess.

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Zürich Airport. Between Arrival 1 and 2. Cab curb.

#ZRH
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