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The open road could serve you a once in a lifetime experience, yet all too often careful planning and, let's be fair, a bit of cowardice, have robbed you of a good, continental tour. Our friends take on touring to give you a preview of what your summer could be.

Whenever we at MotorbikeTimes cannot find an excuse to get in the saddle ourselves, we do the next best thing and talk about it. Our wanderlust has been a bit stifled of late so we sent out our hardworking, easy riding friends Anthony and Ludovic to ride down Europe's best trails, taking snapshots of their journey all the way through.

When last we spoke to them, they were crossing the Bulgarian Danube, having crossed the Alps to ride through Albania, Bosnia and Greece, to name a few. Now on their way north, we caught up with them after a brief pit stop in Hungary, heading for the Polish marshlands.

"We are now back on the road and currently in Poland to visit the salt mine of Wieliczka" they tell us.

What has been the strangest sight of their tour so far? The two struggle for an answer. "You can't imagine how difficult your question is! We saw a lot of things, so much so that we don't have the time to digest them" our riders tell us. We prod them for a story or four. They budge.

"Before Budapest we spent a few days in the deep rural north of Romania" Anthony and Ludovic begin painting an image.

"People working on the fields with horses and scythe, poverty, modesty but happiness on their faces. The children were all raising their hands to say hello to us" the two remember warmly.

By the time they had crossed the Hungarian border and took a night ride to the cultural hub of Budapest, the contrast was evident indeed.

"We felt like two astronauts coming back from Mars.riding a two wheels space shuttle" Anthony and Ludovic laugh.

"Budapest is a beautiful city but no more hands in the sky for a warm hello. Cars but no horses, wallets but no scythes."

Since their stop and rest day in the Hungarian capital, our two riders made their way into the south of Poland, through Slovakia and are now planning a brief detour westwards, towards the Czech Republic. Prague is firmly in their sights, not to mention shutters.

We will continue to follow our two riders as they head north towards Scandinavia through Germany in the coming weeks and with a bit of shadenfreude too, as perhaps now they can stop bragging to us about the warm spring they have been having in the Balkans.

They have sent us a few photos below. Warning, they are not for the jealous hearted.


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