This is a report of a trip I did last summer (August 2018). I know it’s a bit late, I got distracted with planning my next trip which starts soon and will be live. This one will be mostly pictures. Last summer I managed to get four weeks off from work, and was able to leave the whole month of August. Last year I went three weeks and met up with friends along the way. This time I’m alone for four weeks, just to test the waters and see if I can manage on my own for a prolonged time. Goal of the trip was Istanbul in Turkey. I always thought about going there one day, the gateway to Asia. Only to figure out a nice route to get there, and back. I made a plan to first head east, to Krakow in Poland and then further into Ukraine, Moldova and down to Turkey. Then to Athens in Greece and up again along the coast. Doable in four weeks and lots to see. But plans change all the time. Before I could leave I had to get the bike ready. I bought this Honda CB Two Fifty in September 2017 for 550 euro. It had only done 12.000 kilometers (about 7500 miles) in the 25 years the previous owner had it. It came with new tires too! I fancied the CB Two Fifty over the Nighthawk i already have because it comes with front disc brake (Whooaaa such technology), a rev. counter and center stand. After one year of commuting and 10.000 kilometers later it was in need of a new rear tire and set of chain and sprockets. Greased the headbearings and changed the oil. The luggage racks and bags that were on the 250 Nighthawk I used last year went on, and I made a small windscreen which also houses my 12v/5v ports and voltage gauge. Weight balance and space is critical on this little bike so I build a metal box to hold all my tools, airpump, spare tubes and spare parts. Time to go! Always packing to much stuff, but left enough room in the topcase to hold at least one six-pack. Obligatory picture I wasn’t really planning on sharing the trip with someone so took very little pictures the first couple of days. I was enjoying riding the whole day again after spending months in the office and getting an occasional short ride in. The first night I spend on a campsite in Bad Karlshafen in Germany. The next day it got more beautiful and riding through the Harz region was really nice. It’s a bit like the Ardennes in Belgium or Luxembourg I think. When I stopped for a break I heard a whistle in the distance. I remembered reading somewhere that they still use steam trains in the Harz. So waiting for a while hoping that the train would come but the whistle sounded like it was moving away. Just as I got on my bike again it came rolling ‘round the bend (cue Johnny Cash). I figured the hills had muffled the sound. To get a better view I raced up the road, jumped off and ran into to forest to the tracks. Still a kid at times.. At the end of the day I found a campsite near Leipzig at the Markkleebergersee. I set up my tent in the rain and went for a walk. Some impressive mining going on in the area. For dinner a Schnitzel and beer. Next morning the sun was out and I crossed into the Czech Republic, rode through Park české švýcarsko and briefly back into Germany again to Zittau before entering Poland. The Czech national park was absolutely beautiful! The road from Hřensko past Jetřichovice and to Krásná Lípa was very nice. Lots of motorcycles riding here. I ended the day at a campsite in Poland called Wisniowa Polana. The water in the large swimmingpool was very cold but refreshing after a day of riding. Taking the back roads to Krakow. I have never been to Poland before but I’m impressed, it’s a beautiful country with very friendly people (and the girls here, damn).