Moritz

Moritz, born 1986, the son

Left home at the age of 17, on his first ride, a 125 cc scooter. Managed to turn his love for computers in a respected profession (programmer) and is happy to be able to work where his bike is. Tested speed driving on a Honda Hornet bike, then turned to the offroad section of the motorcycling world. Having spent a volunteer year in Laos, Asia became his second home. Besides the love for traveling he keeps an interest in all kinds of electronics for travel documentation.
Bangkok, Thailand

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.

 Gilbert K. Chesterton

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"Fuego Volcano" Special

by Moritz 26. February 2017 17:17

Okay i'm far far behind with my travel blog and i will write about it at a later time,
but I've been lucky to witness a major volcanic eruption 2 days ago in Guatemala and thought i should share.

In Guatemala you got the very active Fuego volcano and in close distance (~2.5km) there is the dormant Acatenango Volcano that can be climbed and has a few camp spots around it.

It was a climb that i wanted to do since almost two weeks but i kept delaying it for various reasons.
With a fellow biker Phil from Switzerland i had planned to start the 1h ride to the start of the track at 8am on Friday.

6am this very morning I woke up, running nose, sore throat, i was close to cancel it again, glad i didn't...

We arrived at the campsite around 3pm, it took us 5 hours to get up on the steep and demanding track.
The volcano was already very active but in the daytime the glowing yellow of the lava is not visible.
After a rather long sit-down we started to prepare our cameras, collected wood and set up the tent.
To our surprise we were the only ones at that campspot, we met a group on the way up but they must have went to another site


Collecting firewood, it gets cold at night, i think about 5 degrees. Just a month ago 6 people died of hypothermia when they were surprised by a cold weather front (i also felt that when i was in Yukatan, Mexico).


It started to get darker and with every minute the color of the lava got more intense.

This night we were about to see one of the rather rare "big eruptions", the ones that show up in newspapers, i let the pictures speak from now:





A bonfire, a lid-up tent, a shooting star and an erupting volcano, could not ask for more...


It kept intensifying all night, at some point the lava shot out up to ~300m high.


View out of the tent, 5am.


Waking up with this view? Simply the most amazing thing i have experienced on this trip.


This is the view to the right, not bad either, plenty more volcanoes (inactive though).


A little video of eruptions that kept on going all night:


Funny enough a German online magazine picked up the story and used my video:
http://www.epochtimes.de/politik/welt/vulkan-fuego-in-guatemala-spuckt-asche-und-lava-a2057864.html

Still can't believe my luck...

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Rainer

Rainer, born 1948, the father

Being a professional road engineer and traffic and transport planner, Rainer keeps an eye on road details and safety issues. Paradoxically, he loves riding straight road sections more than curved ones, and horsepower of his ride doesn’t mean anything to him, but rather fuel consumption. Presently he happily rides an 11 hp scooter at home. His favourite travel destination remains Southwest USA. Low budget travel, especially for the elderly, is dear to his heart.
Petershausen, Germany

Done with indoor complaints,
libraries and querulous criticisms,
strong and content
I travel the open road.

 Walt Whitman