Hello, everybody! This is my first attempt to make a ride report (in English language, which makes it a little bit tricky). The one month journey started in Vienna and goes counterclockwise around the Black Sea through Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and back to Austria. If the current conflict in Ukraine makes it impossible to cross the Russian Ukrainian border I will go back from the Caucasus as I came. I am already on the road and was rushing to Istanbul, because the focus is enjoying the northern Turkish and the Caucasian mountains. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ EDIT: I put some tracks in this zip file, feel free to use them. https://www.dropbox.com/s/h4tz97mshnc317w/2014-08%20schwarzmeer%20tracks.zip?dl=0 2014-08 Schwarzmeer.gpx includes all tracks for loading it to basecamp (all 190000 Points) 2014-08 Schwarzmeer.kml or .kmz for viewing in Google Earth The Folder "gpx days max 9999 p" contains the daily tracks, sometimes two a day to avoid more than 9999 trackpoints, for uploading on your gps device "9999 Points.gpx" : the whole trip compressed tracks max 2000p.gpx: for basecamp, tracks with Maximum of 2000 Points _______________________________________________________________________________________________ EDIT: I put the very compressed gpx file 9999 points for download here too: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=24970392#post24970392 _______________________________________________________________________________________________ EDIT (after the trip) here we have a map how the journey was projected: map gesamtplan by gatsch.hupfa, on Flickr And this was the outcome: map gesamttour by gatsch.hupfa, on Flickr _____________________________________________________________________ End edit So from the beginning: ---------- Day 1 -------- ouch, my ass hurts Vienna to Sibiu (ROM): 11 hours / 800 Km (total 800 Km) map 2014-08-05 by gatsch.hupfa, on Flickr Intoducing my bike: P1080765 by gatsch.hupfa, on Flickr P1080767 by gatsch.hupfa, on Flickr Its a KTM LC4 640 Adventure from 2003 (the best year), 15500 Km on the Clock, bought 3 Years ago for little money. Trying to travel as light as possible its a very good choice, and with 49 Kg of luggage (including the bags, rack, camping equipment, lots of repair kits, tools, water and the 7,5 Kg! spare tire) it will not be so hard to go difficult dirttracks too. The Journey was starting with a very boring highwaysession through Hungary. In Romania, going on main roads, I had a great experience with the traffic police: Rushing into a radarcontrol with 70 Ks (allowed 50) they stopped me, took away all my papers, and went to their airconditioned policecar, leaving me in the sunshine on this very hot day. They filled a huge form for about 15 minutes! I had to pay 90 Lei (some 20) but had only 85 in my pocket! He told me with a grin, that does not matter, in this case I dont have to pay anything, turned around and went away. Sibiu (Hermannstadt in Siebenbürgen, founded by german settlers some 800 years ago) is the cleanest town in Romania, the even have a german mayor. Nice place to stay overnight. And here starts the Transfagarasan!