So my buddy Mike (@edgeoftheworld) had planned to ride my girl Amelia (2015 BMW F800GSA) from Kiev, Ukraine back to Germany for me. When he left for the trip, I gave him a big remote hug, patted him on the back and said "Have a great trip and Break A Leg!!". 3 days later .. wouldn't you know it, he did just that.. breaks a leg.. LMAO, classic! Hope you're healing well there Champ.. post a pic of the leg / cast will ya? So now I'm picking up the torch and finishing the run in his honor. Flying out to Kiev 1st of December for a 30-45 day ride. The original idea was to ride thru Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland before heading back to Germany. These are the last European countries I have left to cross before having completed all of Europe + Eastern block. But alas, "winter is coming" and the white walkers will be nibbling on my toes. When I was riding from Moscow toward Iran in 2017, the idea was to ride through Turkey back to Greece; however, there was a political spat between America so for 4 months neither country processed visas for the other.. weird timing for sure; I had to instead sail 3 days across the Black Sea from Batumi, Georigia to Varna, Bulgaria on a cargo ship back to the west. This year, I thought I might stuff myself and do a quick run around the Black Sea thru the bird's motherland. Hoping to end up in Tunisia or Sicily, leaving Amelia there for next year's ride thru Africa. It's a last minute serendipity ride; there's minimal planning / packing. Some basic winter clothing, camera gear, and light weight camping stuff. Still actually on the clock/ project so will need to shut down daily Mon-Fri @ 5:00pm local time at hotels for wifi to start my work day 9:00 am central. However, weekends are reserved for camping in the wild. I already have the e-visa for Turkey ($20 - 90 days) and European Green Insurance Card. I still have my Russian Visa good for 07/2020..hopefully no issues crossing to Crimea. I'll let you guys know how well the region has settled down.. The rest of the countries are visa-free. Really looking forward to returning the Russia, Georgia and riding through Turkey. Any feedback or advice is welcomed. Like I said.. it's an ad-hoc ride for only 30-45 days; not putting much effort into the planning process for this one. I do know I'll need to replace the steering bearing but she should be good to go after that. Wish me luck.. and oh yeah.. "DON'T break a Leg??