Hey guys, I am a 24 year old student who is about to start his biggest adventure so far. Wow, that sound a bit too dramatic, so let´s put it into perspective. This is a dream of mine since i saw the first season of @Pyndon ´s Races to Places in 2014. I got lucky and got my hands on an an old BMW F 650 in early 2015. She only had 12tsd KM on the clock, but standing in the back of some shed for around 10 years took it´s toll. So i spent the better half of 2015 and early 2016 with fixing her whenever I came back to my hometown. After getting a bike, I had to get a licence. So I worked the summer of 2016 to raise money and finally was able to take the test in the fall. Now i had a bike and was kind of able to ride it. But i didn´t have any time. My final year of university had started, and taking a month off was simply no possible - I had some more waiting to do. But now, finally it is about to happen, my own personal places-project is getting real, a dream of almost 4 years is becoming reality. It´s not quite the Road of Bones to Magadan, but i am still excited nevertheless! My final university exams start in around two weeks, right after I will go on a three to four weeks trip trough the balkans. Maybe a little further, maybe a little longer. Now two weeks before the probably hardest and most important 10 days of my life time is still scarce, but a little bit of distraction is also desperately needed. Thats one reason why I am writing this post, the other one is, I am sure the adv-family will have some invaluable ideas, tipps and tricks for a youngtimer like me. I will be riding solo on my 20 Year old BMW F 650 for the most part. I am trying to get a good mix of camping and sleeping in hostels and hotels. So i can stretch my money as far as possible, but also don´t have to relinquish all comfort and luxury every day. So while I have the preliminary route already mapped out (heavily inspired by @Darel ´s Heart of Europe Trips, thanks!) I am still very much open for changes and suggestions. Especially regarding tent spaces, cheap accommodations, and beautiful spots. In terms of gear is have: Luggage: Selfmade Waterproof-Ammobox-Panniers (lockable) 3 Dry Bags One Daypack Camping: Lightweight 2 Person Trekking-Tent (1.6 KG) McKinley self inflatable sleeping pad (800 gr) Down Sleeping Bag (probably too warm, but that shouldn´t be a big issue) (1.2 KG) Gasstove Aluminium Pot + Pan + Cup Petzl Flashlight (Head-Mountable) Tarp ? (not sure if i need one, tbh.) Some Paracord Clothes and Stuff: 3 T-Shirts 3 1 Longsleeve shirts 1 Polo-Shirt Boxershorts Socks Swimshorts Trailrunnning shoes down-jacket (super light, super small, super warm) Ridingboots touring suite Riding hoodie Riding jeans Sunglasses 2 Microfiber fast drying towels (big and small) Contacts/Toothbrush/Razor/etc. Sunscreen Wetwipes Toiletpaper Lighter Chapstick Bike: Tools compressor+"tire slime" Spare parts (wires, fuses, shrink tubes, grease, electronics, oil, tubes ? (not really necessary, are they? standard tubes should be widely available?) , cable ties, tapes) med-kit Documents: Drivers license International drivers license Insurance documents for the bike Health and travle insurance Credit cards ID card Passport Copys of all the above Misc: Notepad/dayplanner Lamy2000 w` iroshizuku kon peki (pen + ink) Action cam Cam stuff Cables + Chargers + Batteries One or Two Books Bottle of Rum or Whiskey Divingknive + Divingglasses Resistance bands for full body workout So, since this is the first time going on anything longer than a daytrip, i am not really sure if i got everything i need or if i am way overpacking. Please feel free to rip my list into shreds and tell me my rookie mistakes. Also any input towards my route is highly appreciated, as well as any toughts on my endeavour in general. If you happen to be somewhere in the area during september and early october, and want to meet up for a few beers or some food, just let me know! Greetings from Germany, Van PS.: Apologies for my gibberish, obviously english isn´t my first language, and it´s getting pretty late here.