This is me and plutonic and this thread is about our bumming around in Hungary and Europe. Plutonic's posts are orange in color. Plutonic just bought a really nice Transalp, so at last we can ride together for the first time. Let me tell you about our first trip, 3 days on the countryside in westernmost part of Hungary, Europe. About the bike: it's a '2000 Honda Transalp in a great shape. Plutonic bought it in the beginning of September, after months of reading, checking on several bikes on sale ( Cagiva Grand Canyons and Navigators mainly but there was one TDM850 as well ) , but finally deciding on this :) My only task was to accompany him and admire the bikes and to get a decent helmet for myself. Until now I used my mother's open Caberg for shorter trips with my Dad on his Guzzi California, but it wasn't the right shape, so after some time always started to be madly uncomfortable on my forehead. So before our trip we went to at least 4 different shops, trying on different brands and styles. My original plan was to find a moderate price modular helmet, but after some tryons, I started to become frustrated, and tried closed helmets too. All of them had the same problem - it seems my head is more elliptical than round Anyways, finally I found the best, a Nolan N104, which fits like a glove, it is modular, with shades included. Plutonic also bought a Nolan, his choice was an N91. At least this way we can have a comm system easily. ( Ironically, I was gonna get the N104 but it didn't fit my head, so I had no choice but to get something else. The N91 fits perfect, though... ) The bike came with 3 boxes, so it was pretty easy to pack for 3 days, even for me. :) (Yes I could fit into one sidebox ) The weather was awful on the day we wanted to go, but we waited ( I made it impossible to leave... haha ) until early afternoon until the rain stopped, and a wonderful sunshine set us on our way. On the way at first I rarely took pictures, I was so caught up in the thrill of the riding. We picked the road less travelled - not the highway -, so we can enjoy our surroundings. The dark clouds were always on the horizon, but the rain didn't caught us - it was always behind us or before us as wee hit wet roads occasionally-, only some small drizzle. I immediately started singing Raindrops fallin on my head - enjoying that I hear myself in the helmet, but noone else does <object width="420" height="315"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/OT1HCQcSHW0?version=3&hl=hu_HU"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/OT1HCQcSHW0?version=3&hl=hu_HU" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> Our plan was to reach the National Park in the Orseg region before sundown, but because of the late start, it was pretty dark when we arrived to the town before our destination. We checked some motels, none of them was friendly enough, so we decided to take the last 28 kms in the total darkness through the forest. At least the quality of the road was pretty good. And we knew a great accomodation there, what I found on Booking.com (hint: I haven't booked it there, but found the place website, and called them directly) http://www.booking.com/hotel/hu/szekeres-lovasporta.en-gb.html? I had to admit I had a thrill of the ride in the total darkness, only seeing the trees flew by in the light of the reflector. Anyways, as we arrived to our destination, the friendly owner lady invited us in, giving us a place for our bike under our window, under the protection of the roof. We got our keys and got into our room. It looked heavenly, real rural beauty with hardwood floor, pinewood furniture and private bathroom. We were so tired, that we simply jumped into bed without thinking of dinner. No, I lied, we thought of dinner, but as we just arrived, we didn't have the strength to get back to the town to grab something. BTW, the beds were very creaky... Next day I looked out the window, and the sight took my breath away... After shower we went out to look around, of course I took some pictures. The helpful lady told us the directions where we could ride in the National Park on a bike. This is me listening to her: Plutonic made our helmets see-through again, with a kind help of the local dog. And I took notice of the local cat showing her appreciation of our Transalp. Promising ourselves to come back for a longer stay, we headed to the town to grab breakfast. It was pretty delicious but anyways I was famished, missing out on dinner the day before. Again, we had a great sunny day, so it was most enjoyable. We found the road that we wanted in the forest, so we headed on. Along the way I spotted a deer, so I got so excited, patting Plutonic's shoulder, shouting "DEER!" and "STOP STOP STOP!" until he hit the brakes and asked what is the problem? I was already off the bike, flipping up my helmet, preparing my camera. He said I frightened him to hell, as of course he didn't hear that I said deer, only shouting stop... well it was time to find out a hand sign for "Look out, deers!". Of course as I sneaked back, the animals were nowhere to be found, so we continued our trip. Plutonic found a smaller road, but when we saw this: and stuck a bit... he did this: Otherwise the road was pretty good, and the surroundings were wonderful. After we left the forest, we went through smaller towns again... Sometimes the view literally took our breath away.... We arrived to a magical place, Lake Harsas. People say that this is the most beautiful lake in this region. We tend to believe this claim. After spending some time there, we got on the road again (by the way the quality of the roads are really good - smooth and nice curves) Met some interesting animals: These can't be found anywhere else, only in our country, these are the so called Hungarian grey cattles. I even managed to snap some selfies in the mirror you can tell by now that I'm not the kind of girl who clings onto the driver in fear... Found a crazy lady next to a school: Then some nice road again As now we have a hand sign for that, I did't frighten him to death again when I saw this: No, not just trees but these beauties: Then in a bigger city some typical European architechture Don't mind the horizon being uneven, I decided to call it my specialty, shoulder-perspective as I put my Canon on Plutonic to make it more steady. Just before sundown, we arrived to our friends home in a small town. The trip of the day on map: http://goo.gl/maps/lxji3 Sunset was gorgeous: We had a bunch of kitties to cuddle, and a night-long talk with our friends. Next morning we rode on, spotting one of my favourite landmarks, so we shot some bike porn: Finally stopped at Lake Balaton for a sneak peek of the already deserted beach We arrived back to Budapest, and felt really sorry that we only went for 3 short days... http://goo.gl/maps/dqygy It was a really great trip, looking forward to the next one!