Hello everyone, I'm recovering at home having completed the trip. While going through all my photos I figured you guys may be interested in a story about an idiot and his classic bike. The Route : Like all good trips this was built and planned from previous trips. Unsurprisingly this was our biggest most ambitious trip yet. For me it would fall into two parts, the first week would be 1700 miles riding bikes around the south of france and western alps. I would be doing this with dad. This has been a long time coming, 6 years in fact. The second part would be meeting some of my riding buddies and heading down to croatia the scenic way. all in all it would be a fair few miles. The Bike Like every successful Trip you need a valiant steed. Now most people seem to pick sensible bike choices. Normally it's something they've owned for years, or its a nice modern bike. I had the intention of following tried and trusted logic. But i fell in love with a bike i liked the look of and was full of character. The Bike was a 1977 BMW R100RS, now known as Mathilda. She's mostly original having spent 35 years parked up in a guys garage. so most of the work prior to the trip was replacing those bits. so she's got a new ignition system, wheel bearings and normal service items. Up until this trip the longest I had ridden her for was about 6 hours and few hundred miles. most of the miles she wasn't even running properly. i knew she could do it but I'd have to try not to push her too much. Ultimately as long as i got to munich for Oktoberfest I'd be happy. *Spoilers* She did. So without further ado let's get this started. Thursday - 1 sleep to go Having spent the last few evenings sorting dry packing and working out what i could fit. I managed to condense it down to 2x US30 dry bags, 1x us20 and one r30 backpack. The us20 and one of the us30 were placed in the panniers and my normal close and waterproof over suit went in the canvas holdall. The canvas bag also held spare bungees, a lock and many bottles of lead additive. Now it would have been far easier if i had worn my klim gear, as that could have easily managed with the variation in temperature that we would have seen. (from 2 celsius all the way to low 30s) However i opted for a pair riding jeans, tcx casual boots, knox urbane pro jacket and a canvas military style jacket. It's not your normal gear but it's in keeping with the bike and looks good on and off the bike. And as we all know looking cool is all that really matters.... luggage setup and Bike gear. in addition to that i spent a bit of time giving mathilda a wash and wax. With the paint being of the cellulose type it damaged easily so a wax then acf50 treatment helps keep the paint on. with that done bags were loaded and secured as i would be leaving from work on the friday for the channel tunnel.