After a thourogh preparation, .. well it could be better, but i just got to deal with it. A week on the road and it still works, i better write somthing myself instead of lurking in the RR. So preperation started in december 2010, i bought a honda xr400 and stripped it as soon as i got home. During the winter a xr350 frame was modifyed with parts of the 400. Then a second subframe was added as a luggage rack. I did already buy secondhand touratech alu cases some years ago. During the summer i drove the MS1000 as a test to see if it was as i hoped. It did, but back than i didn't take as much luggage with me as now. The folowing winter the engine was disassembled and the TRX400 quad was stipped for parts. To create a xr400 with e-start and kickstart, you need the cranck-case of the xr, crack of the trx, left cranckcasecover of the trx with the e-start parts, the rest is xr parts. the gears of the trx wer wrecked, so no option for 1,2,3 gear from trx and 4,5 of the xr. So much for the prep of the machine. Day 0 I'm leaving my appartment and drive to my mom for the start big trip the next day. Day 1 From my mom's place i drive the backroads to get to a village in the "far north" wher my grandpa used to live. It's only 150km but that is far away in Holland. Than i drove allong the north shore allong the "waddenzee" this stretch of see that becoms dry at low tide, making it possible to walk to the islands. Day 2 The wind was strong yesterday, but today even stonger. Driving on the freeway at appropriat speed is a riscy buisiness, backroads again. not that i don't like back roads, it just takes a lof of time. The houses in northen Germany are well maintained and all made of red bricks, it's a nice contrast with the green tree's. When i cross the Elbe river with a ferry, a German on a scooter starts a conversation. he grew up in the area and know it like the back of his hand, but a holiday to mongolia?!..he has to tell his wife and starts a sms. Day 3 As i stoped before the border of Denmark, driving through it and over the bridges to Sweden is the goal af the day. As i get further east it gets colder and on the last Dannish island my boots fill up and i wonder why i left my airconditioned appartment, it's only 3 day to get home... Crossing the bridge into Sweden the weather turns dry, for a while. But i made the misstake of not putting the scandinavian maps in the gps and it is hard to find a place to sleep. In the evening it appears the gps cable is still home, but a card reader also works.