This trip has been put off too long because of Covid. It may not be the ideal time to go, but I'm not getting any younger. My very rough plan for a route is: Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo (if the rental company removes that restriction), Albania, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, and back to Croatia. I fly out September 13 and return October 20-probably. The motorcycle I thought I was renting fell through yesterday. I couldn't wire transfer my payment to a place with no street address. Modern banking? I'm not ready for it. But with only 4 days till I leave, I found another rental that accepts credit cards. The bike I'm renting is the exact bike I wanted for this trip. It's a 2016 V-Strom 650 with top and side cases. I waited as long as I could to see if Americans were going to be allowed to travel these countries. A few riders had been locked into countries with Covid lockdowns and had to stay for months. That could be annoying when paying for for a rental bike. Previously I saved flight info incase the Covid situation eased. Round trip flights to Zagreb, Croatia were around $950. For 1 day the price dropped to $524, and I took it without a bike rented. Yesterday it was up to $1800. Flights can be tricky and require checking before you get to the airport. Since I'm double vaccinated I am permitted at the places I touch ground. I hope it doesn't change in the next 3 days. Returning to the USA I will need to get a PCR test before getting on the plane. It needs to be done within 72 hours of departure. The Atrium Hospital told me their results take 36-72 hours. It might be expired before getting to the airport. I'll need to find a test site before I get to the airport for my return. The 10 countries I hope to travel in will use 8 different currencies. That can be an expensive hassle. When I travelled through Mongolia I left with $180 worth of tugriks. Nobody will exchange that currency. Nobody. I will post on this Ride Report daily if I can get internet. And if the pictures aren't good, you know, it's my cameras fault.