Hi everyone. Long time reader but first time posting here. I'll show you where it all started: This is my friend and I (in black) about to start a 1000 mile trek across Vietnam. Shortly after returning from here I discovered advrider. I've been reading ride reports with longing ever since. If I'd found advrider before I'd gone on that trip then you would have been in for a great ride report. Perhaps another time, this is the trip planning section after all. Sadly I can't quite do the round the world trip that I would like, funds, equipment, and experience wouldn't really add up. However I have managed to get 6 weeks off work in June/July. I've been looking at doing a trip that I can begin at home. I'd also like to go and visit my Grandad for a few days in Turkey where he's living. So ideas have been banging round in my head and a plan has been taking shape. What I'm hoping for is for you guys to be able to help me decide whether I've got a reasonable plan in the works or if I'm barking up the wrong tree. I would also welcome any recommendations for destinations, good roads, preferable routes, sites to see, or anything to add to the trip. The time I have for this venture is 43 days. I'd be skipping over France on the way there and Germany on the way back to give myself more time to explore the other places more. As rough estimates I'm looking at spending a few days going over Switzerland, a week through Italy. Not sure how long it would take to travel through Greece. Once I get to Turkey I'd travel quickly to reach Fethiye where my grandad lives and stay there 4 or 5 days. Then I would travel back through Turkey more slowly. Then take about 2 weeks touring through the Balkans before running back home. Back of the envelope calculations say about 6500 miles, though I expect to do a lot more getting lost. I've not planned in rest days/breakdowns apart from those at my grandad's. My biggest worry is whether my pace will allow me to see places on the way. I'd really like to meet locals, perhaps do some couch surfing to really see the places I travel through. My mode of transport is much upgraded since the little Honda Win 100s back in Vietnam (Not that there was anything wrong with those little workhorses) That's pretty much how it'll look in touring spec aswell. Might get a roll bag for the back though. I'm hoping to do some wild camping on the trip. Is there a good guide for how to pick out a good place/what the laws are in various countries for that? Not really done it before, well on purpose anyway. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. Hopefully I'll be able to thank you be providing a good ride report from the trip. p.s. If trying to reach Fethiye in Turkey is too far on this trip I've been considering doing a shorter distance high quality 5 week trip and flying out to see my grandad after. So if it's not something that can reasonably be accommodated then I can remove that as a specific destination.