Hey inmates, at the beginning of September last year, I had 2 weeks of free time and wanted to go riding the beautiful French roads at the Cevennes, the Ardeche and the Vosges/Alsace. So, no alps in this ride report, but you surely have seen a lot of fantastic pictures of them (if not, do it now, then come back here!). If you want to read a ride report with pictures of a clean, shiny new motorcycle, you're maybe wrong here. The following pictures can be quite disturbing for the mind of a chrome-lover, since I did this trip with the most ugly bike I own: my rusty winter-hack. So first something about this thing: It's a MZ 500R with an east German sidecar ("Super Elastik" and the name is quite correct) and it was made 1992 near the city Zschopau in Saxonia, Germany. Well, at least the majority of the bike does come from there. The engine is an Austrian ROTAX-Engine and the electrics and the plastics were made in Italy. Since I bought the bike in 2008, I modified it a tiny little bit. First, the Italian electric parts were thrown away and replaced with new cables and connectors. Then, I needed to correct all the horrible mistakes of the 5 pre-owners. At last, some parts of an old MZ TS 250 took place at the bike, as well as some BMW- Kawasaki- and Ducati-parts. This bike is constantly under construction since I bought it. The MZ 500 is well known for being very unreliable. But with all the changes I made, I got a nearly normal bike out of it. With this trip I wanted to verify if all the hours in the garage were good for the reliability. OK, and I have to admit: except my GS, which I already rode that year to Iceland, all my other 3 bikes were broken. Enough of the bike, here starts the ride report: I put the tent and all the other useful things into the sidecar and had only one goal: driving twisty roads! Day 1, Saturday 31.10.2013: Augsburg, Germany - Ribeauville, France: My motivation was rather low, but I started anyway. The weather was nice and I rode through the well known areas to the west. The hack was working great and my motivation started to raise. (click the image for a bigger version) steam engines at Tuttlingen somewhere at nowhere As you can see, the engine and the motobike are nice and clean I didn't find any good maps of France before I started the trip (the good old michelin-maps of France aren't sold anymore), but a friend of mine said, I could get a newer version of the michelin-maps without any problems in France. I had an old car-navigation-system and an overview-map of France, but I was sure, I would find the needed maps the next day. I found a campsite with the nice name "Camping du Tempelhof" and put my tent next to some German GS-riders. After a little bit of talking ("You want to go to the Cevennes with this bike?!?") and a packet soup I was tired enough for sleeping. the route of the day: click Day 2: Ribeauville - Charolles: I wanted to go south this day, through the not so exciting plain land to Lyon. I tried to get a map this day, but I didn't have any luck. In France, there are not so many gas stations with a little shop inside. And all other shops were closed. Real little mountains! The "Col de la Schlucht"! This is a great place to ride. I used my old navigation system, which I equipped with the maps of the open-street-map-project. Alone, I didn't stitch the right map-tiles together. Exactly the area where I drove through this day, was not at the maps. So the roads were left behind and the little icon on the screen drove through a white, empty map. Yeah, I'm a real adventurer! But I just needed to go south, leaving Lyon at the east of my route. So I enjoyed some nice little roads. I didn't made many photos this day, the scenery was not that spectacular. I found a Campsite at Charolles. Again, packet soup, some reading and then some sleep. route: click Next part tomorrow. Bye!