In March I contacted 10 of my friends - inviting them participate in an extended weekend ride to the Ardennes in September. The reason for the early notice was that most of my friends live busy life's with many obligations. Honestly I didn't expect many of them to sign up but I was pleasantly surprised. Within a few days I got 9 positive responses. Only one guy found that a ride like that was more than he could stomach - he rides a KTM 690 Enduro. In the weeks up to the trip I received 2 cancellations - one guy had gotten a new job at the Danish embassy in Kabul and would be leaving before the trip - another got his bike stolen and wouldn't have time to work things out with the insurance company before departure. Departure was set for Thursday morning the 24th of September when I got off from work. 4 guys showed up at my work and together we headed for the port in Rødby where we met up with the last guy leaving from Zealand. After a 45 minutes ferry crossing we arrived in Germany and hit the Autobahn towards Hamburg to meet up with the last 2 guys. They came from Jutland and showed up as planned. The gang was now complete and we continued south east on smaller roads. Late in the afternoon we arrived at Tonenburg - a 14 century castle where I had booked accommodation in advance. Tonenburg is known as a biker friendly place and turned out to be just that. The rooms were simple but nice, the food plenty and there was a good selection of beers. Some of the guys hadn't met prior to this trip. I like to bring friends from different circles together and have done so several times before. It seemed like everybody enjoyed the company and conversation flowed easily both between old friends and new acquaintances. It was a nice evening. The guys picking me up from work - one of my colleges are sending us off. First fuel stop. At the port in Rødby. The two guys from Jutland joins us just south of Hamburg. Coffee break in the afternoon. Tonenburg. Before dinner I introduced the guys to each other. The waiter/bartender had a busy evening.