So kind of getting a jump start on our ride report for Crete. We will be there in mid-March 2020. Why Crete you ask? Well how about a little history on how we got to that point. 2011 we toured Russia by river ship and in 2013 we visited Prague, Vienna, and Budapest with trains in between (2012 I was combat touring Afghanistan). FINALLY in 2014 I finally got wife to agree to a motorcycle trip. We were starting in Germany (on the new 1190 ADV), going to "Sound of Music" stuff for her and a couple weekends later ending up at the Sachsenring MotoGP race. Booked the bike, started planning routes, bought a new strap tank bag. Then we went and bought the house that we now run as the Farmhouse Inn and then two weeks later I lost my job of 22 years. First thing to go was the planned trip. Damnit. 2015 we got back to Europe and spent time in Prague again (love that city) and tried to find some familial for Laura in southern Bohemia. Running another tourist business we have limited ourselves to taking vacation in late winter or early spring before it starts getting really busy. Still no overseas moto trip. Then I saw Lyndon Poskitt's coverage of the Helles Rally and Adam Rieman's coverage of the KTM Naxos Adventure Rally, uh oh... I showed it to Laura and we decided then and there we would go riding in early 2017 in the Greek Islands. So we started looking into that. I looked for motorcycle rentals. Laura looked for other info like flights, ferries, accomodations. There did not seem to be full sized motorcycles for rent on Naxos or any other nearby islands. I did find MotoGreece in Athens, renting fully equipped BMWs. We did not do the islands, the ferry schedules in winter are very limiting. We did the Pelopennese, the large peninsula just west of Athens. It was absolutely fantastic. Ride Report here. Video on my YouTube channel. https://advrider.com/f/threads/greece-the-pelopennese-feb-mar-2018.1287450/ I think we started talking about our next trip on the plane ride home. Greece is an amazingly awesome country to motorcycle. Then I saw a couple videos of another motorcycle traveller vlogger through some of the Balkans. I showed the video of Dubrovnik to Laura. That was it, we had to go. I contacted John at MotoGreece again. John, can I ride your bike to Dubrovnik? Yes! Done! Ride Report from the Balkans here. Videos on YouTube channel too. https://advrider.com/f/threads/10-days-through-the-balkans-april-2019.1381218/ So then we started thinking we should ride further up and around the Adriatic. Problem, how's the weather in March/April? Probably not so good. I met John from MotoGreece at the BMW MOA this summer, it was just outside Nashville. While we were sitting around talking about places we could ride that early in the year he said, what about Crete? We flipped over the huge Greece map he brought with. Man, that's a big island, but is there enough stuff to ride for a week or more? He just laughed, there's more than enough. So many small paved and gravel roads. Asked Laura what she thought? Hell yeah. Decision made. We really do love Greece. In case you are wondering where Crete is, it's a 9-10 hour overnight ferry from the port in Pireas. And the Pelopennese is the large hand-shaped land mass west of Athens (Athina). Naxos is also shown. I decided to start this thread ahead of the trip as I thought I'd share more of what we do and don't do as far as planning, preparations, packing and such. It still kind of amazes me how much people ask about that type of stuff, so figured I might as well share a bit on what we do and what works for us. Hint, in my world, light is right and less is more. More to follow.