Author: tom

New Purchase

As a 40th birthday present to myself, I am now the proud owner of a new BMW F850GS. It comes complete with pannier boxes and a top case, and tyres suitable for gravel roads. I will not write a review of the bike, as I’m hardly an expert but with over 50% more power than

Time to say goodbye to the Transalp

After 11 years and having toured through 29 countries, the Honda Transalp 700V, the first bike I bought new, has been sold and is on the way to a new life in Poland. I could not resist one final short tour into the Black Forest, and to take some video shots with the drone. A

Turkey to Germany via Ukraine

Date: August & September 2019Duration: 3 weeksDistance: 5,187km My bike has been shipped to Thessaloniki in Greece, three weeks before I fly there from Frankfurt. After a relaxing weekend, I collect my bike early Monday morning from the logistics company and ride immediately to Gelibolu in Turkey, across the Bosporus from Asia. I take the

Czech

Date: September 2019Duration: 2 daysDistance: 550km It’s nearing the end of the tour and I’m on my final country before returning to Germany. I have two days in Czech which allows me to confine myself to the quiet country roads. Czech has still yet to adopt the Euro. When crossing borders with border infrastructure, there

Slovakia

Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 days Distance: 380km It’s the third country today and I’m not really sure where I want to go. As part of my pre-trip planning I highlight interesting places, towns and cities on the map based on guide books and online sources. I have a few towns nearby that are marked

Poland

Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 hours Distance: 130km Finally back in the EU after a long wait at Polish customs. As with Bulgarian customs, they were thoroughly checking the contents of every bag in every car. Whenever a car reaches the front of the queue, the occupants have to empty the contents of the car

Ukraine

Date: September 2019 Duration: 6 days Distance: 940km Leaving Pridnestrovia and crossing the river into Ukraine, I am soon onto a dead-straight road to Оде́са (Odeca). This whole region is flat and geologically very stable, hence the straight roads everywhere. The only thing that isn’t flat is the road surface, which is deeply rutted by

Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

Date: September 2019Duration: 2 daysDistance: 50km Wedged between Moldova and Ukraine, only 30km wide in places, and recognised by no other country in the World, is the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Приднестровская Молдавская Республика) also known as Transnistria. Internationally the area is considered part of Moldova, however on the ground it is a de facto country.