Adventure enduro is the perfect discipline. Long rides in the wild, across continents on small trails, seeking the elusive immaculate line and exploring the forgotten places of the world. Riding out is a step into chaos and the outcome will remain a mystery until the end. It is an escape from ordinary life, where one does not run into wild bears, camp at abandoned nuclear missile bases or wake up staring at the business end of an AK47 in the middle of the night.
I love the Netherlands. The Dutch are probably some of the most approachable, friendliest and helpful people in Western Europe. Having said that, the options for off-road riding are between slim to non-existent, which is problematic. But if you [...]
The time in Tallinn, Estonia has come to an end and I have relocated to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It is great to be back in the hustle and bustle of Western Europe, although I do miss the world [...]
The ride from Georgia, through Turkey and Bulgaria to Romania, was uneventful. Although it was interesting to witness the terrain transforms from high grassy mountains with grazing cattle into cultivated farmland, we were on transit on tarmac, and I did [...]
We crossed the border to Bulgaria in stifling heat and continued towards the Turkish border on smaller roads. It seems that Bulgarian roads are mostly paved but did find the occasional gravel track also. We camped on a hill at [...]
The ride finally kicked off yesterday in scorching heat. We pushed towards the Turkish border and camped somewhere in Bulgaria as darkness fell. We should reach the border in an hour or two and then hit the Turkish TET trail.
Our 2200 km van ride through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary ended in Bucharest Romania. It took about fifty hours with one quick nap in a Polish truck stop, a night in a Romanian gas station motel, lots of sunshine [...]