During the x-mas holidays I finally found the time to start with working on the English version from my ride report. This trip was during my preseason holidays in May. The original report I wrote in Dutch so bare with me while I try to translate it to my best knowing. I don't mind your input, well actually I like your reactions or comments. For starters the preparation and day one.. The other days I will add one by one, once I have the translation and pictures properly uploaded and stuff. Preparation: Before I set off I took some time to prepare a few things. Luggage: I wanted some more luggage options than the roll bag and top case, so I bought 2 saddle bags at xlmoto, with some craft-work they now sit neatly on the Suzuki. At home I drove another round to test: Everything was neatly packed on the bike and I actually didn't notice the luggage when I was driving. Navigation: I also want to test my phone using Osmand + for navigation. With MRA (Dutch webbased software for making routes) I copied all routes to my phone as gpx and projected them all onto the map as one big overlay. I set the right track to navigate when each day starts. Just to be sure I also have my TomTom Rider 400 on the dashboard. Put all the tracks in there, the advantage is that it displays the traffic information using the internet connection via my phone. The route: I used myroute app to be able to create the routes in advance. For my inspiration, I used the "Balcony roads" of the Dangerous roads site and did a lot off copy and paste to make the complete route.. I also composed my own google map with only the mountain passes that are in Europe. This trips route will take me towards the south of France, into the lower Alps, touching the Mediterranean and then circling back into the higher Alps (hoping the snow won't make up for to much closed roads). The Ride: Route Bareé - Closed route And another motorcycle trip, the last one was exactly one year ago. Time to let the tires roll again. This year those tires are on a Suzuki V-strom 1000, which I bought at the end of last years riding season. Before leaving, I took the bike to a workshop nearby for a big service and a new front tire. Day 1: Overview: Kilometers driven: 811 km Departure: 8:00 Arrival: 16:15 Overnight: Camping l'Oiselon, Pont-d'Ain, France En Route A lot of highway, that will surely result in an ironbutt .. First stop, 10 minutes from home, not for breakfast but to check if everything was still stuck to the bike. And to put both my shirt and sweater in my pants. Because of the luggage and the high screen, the wind circles right behind me and goes up under my coat. Super annoying, a cold back .. Anyway, back on the A2 in to the saddle, next stop first gas station past Liège. Only a short stop, filling up the tank and a pee. The parking lot is full of motorbikes, I think there are about 20 of them. All of those are old men allroads .. oh wait ... Back in the saddle to see how far the next stretch will be. It turns out that was just past Metz, to the toilet again, to drink, to stretch my legs and off again. Next stop, I don't really remember where that was. That day a few more stops followed, these long stretches on the highway in the saddle are not good for my body. My shoulders hurt and my ass feels like a barn door. The Suzuki racks up the kilometers without grumbling. With 140 on the clock, the consumption rises to 1L in 15km’s. The last part I drive a bit slower, I'm getting tired. The consumption then drops to 1 in 17. Not really the effort of taking it easy. At around 4 o'clock I turn on to the campsite. Time for a beer and to setup my tent. This is the first time that I have taken my new tent out of its bag. A Coleman thingy. With a good 10 minutes my setup is complete. Not after I almost fell over when I got off my bike though... The ground was too soft for the side-stand so I had to move the bike several times. Finally I put it on the path, on the center-stand. You would say the step went well because otherwise you will not get the thing on the stand.. So far so good.. However, when I want to step backwards my motorcycle jeans gets caught behind the left foot-stand. And hop...there I go right on my back. Luckily I was not stupid enough to hold on to the handlebars, otherwise I would probably have had the bike on my belly.. Fortunately the grass was soft so the landing didn't really hurt. And there was only dude who saw it. A German guy, who, it turned out later, didn't have them all at a glance. It was only gibberish that came out of that dude..which I found out when he started talking to me a few minutes later. The rest of the evening got filled with a good hot shower, another beer and a cold pizza. At half past eight I go to bed to do a bit of reading. At 5 o'clock I wake up again. I think the first days ride made me sleepy. I turn around a few more times and finally the alarm goes at 6 o'clock. Time for day 2 ..