My girlfriend an I have traveled around Europe on motorcycles almost every summer since we met 16 years ago. I have always done most of the planning (taking into account her ideas and wishes) both before and during our travels together. Riding and planning together involves some compromises to make both parties happy - in our case the main issue have always been, how much time we should spend riding compared to time out of the saddle to explore the places we visit (I never get tired of riding). Earlier this year I did a 2 weeks/9.000km solo ride to Morocco, where I didn't have to make any compromises and thus got my desire for long days in the saddle saturated (for a time) - the result was, that my girlfriend and I agreed to let her decide everything and do all the planning for this years summer vacation :eek1 She quickly decided that the destination should be Ireland - one of the few places in Europe we still hadn't visited on 2 wheels. The 25th of June we took off on a journey that in many ways was different from any of our earlier motorcycle trips together - a journey with happy reunions, unexpected issues, new friends, great riding, challenges, breathtaking scenery and a bit infidelity... Stay tuned.