Jul 11

Where is he going?

by in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey

Plotting the route has been fun. Lynne & I have pored over maps, working out distances and trying to gauge how far it is between towns & rest stops, It’s unlikely I’ll be able to book any accommodation in advance but I’m over taking my chances with just any dive & plan to sleep as comfortably as possible. Well that’s the plan, but you know what they say about those!



18 Responses to “Where is he going?”

  1. From Jos:

    Hello Ron We wil see you in Germanie
    Welcom in Bernkastel

    Greetings Jos Belgium

    Posted on September 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Jos

      Thanks for the welcome to Bernkastel-kues. It’s a beautiful town and the weekend in the Mosel was fantastic. Now looking forward to taking Effie “home” on the final run.
      Best regards


      Posted on September 17, 2012 at 9:10 am #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Jos

      A great weekend in Bernkastel! Made it to the factory – the end of a long ride. Thanks for your support & good wishes.



      Posted on September 20, 2012 at 10:23 am #
  2. From Rolf:

    Hallo,ich habe Sie heute zufällig bei Heidenheim getroffen und Ihr Bike bestaunt,Respekt vor Ihren Reisen echt super!
    Gruß Rolf.

    Posted on September 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Rolf

      Hi Rolf

      Yes, I remember us meeting near Heidenheim. Thanks for your good wishes.



      Posted on September 9, 2012 at 7:30 am #
  3. From Adam:

    Hi Ron, we meet at the shopping center FUTURUM in Brno, Czech Republic. I send your new phone number to your wife via e-mail. I hope you doing well. I’m praying for you to reach all your goals and destinations in Europe and your safe return home to your family.


    Posted on August 16, 2012 at 7:31 am #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Adam

      Thanks for your help with the phone number – always a bit tricky to let others know without the assistance of good people like yourself. Great to have your support & good wishes. Thanks again.



      Posted on August 18, 2012 at 3:29 am #
  4. From Gábor Dávida:

    Hello Ron,

    I had the chance to meet you with my family – for some minutes -at the petrol station in Hungary , at the city Fegyvernek on 03 Aug 2012 about 15.00 – and you gave me a piece of paper from your notebook written on your blog address.

    I wish you successfully arriving to Belgium and back to home !



    Posted on August 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Gabor

      Yes, I remember you and hope you enjoy following my journey. I leave Budapest later today once I catch up with all my paperwork! I have many happy memories of my stay in Hungary. Thank you for your good wishes.



      Posted on August 8, 2012 at 9:27 am #
  5. From Ionut:

    Hello Hero!
    My father told me about you!My engilsh is not so good and I’m sorry!
    You have passed through customs at Zimnicea today and my father told me about you, you are a true hero of very great courage to go with a old bike! I admit I would love to have such adventures … I am proud that the world there are people like you … with esteem and respect of Zimnicea Ionut Musat

    Posted on July 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Lonut

      Good to hear from you and thank you for the warm welcome to Zimnicea. Your English is fine – much better than my Romanian that’s for sure, but I’ll try and learn a few words while I’m here. I’m looking forward to seeing your lovely country as I’ve heard great things about it.

      To ride the bike to Belgium where the FN was made has been my dream since I first got the frame & engine nearly 40 years ago. As someone much wiser than me once said, “Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” So find your dream Lonut and live it…and keep smiling.

      Caio, Ron, The Old Bloke

      Posted on July 13, 2012 at 8:00 am #
  6. From susi:

    Hi ron,
    it was nice to met you on our hollydaytrip and now to see you on your blog!
    We are back in germany since a couple of days and klaus will try to send you the fotos and the video we made in türkey from you and your bike.I hope we will see you in bavaria, if you come through.
    Did you and your wife enjoy the flight over kappadokia with the ballon?
    Greetings from Susi

    Posted on June 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Susi
      Great to hear from you! I’m only a day or two away from Istanbul now then heading to Bulgaria. The plan is Germany in Sept and I’m on track time-wise. Hope to catch up with you & Klaus in that part of the world.
      We loved the balloon flight – a once in a lifetime experience soaring over those amazing rock formations.

      Take care and stay with us on the blog.

      Caio, Ron

      Posted on June 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm #
  7. From MEHMET AVAR:

    just informed about your trip by my friend Dr.Omar.Will be pleasure to meet you in ?stanbul at our club where you can park your bike and repair if you wish.please send me a message whenever or wherever in Turkey you need support.Many members and friends around Turkey.
    Lets keep in touch.

    Best Regards

    Posted on March 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Mehmet
      I’ve read your posts on Horizons Unlimited and know how passionate you are about helping others on the road, all those that are crazy enough to leave their comfort zone. Thank you for your kind offer. I’ll definitely be in touch as i get closer to Turkey. I’ve only ever heard good things about your country, so looking forward to getting there in a few months time. I checked out Facebook. Thanks for putting out the word about my travels. Hoping to meet a few other bikers from Europe somewhere along the way. Sometimes it seems like I’m the only person out there, but I know from the daily posts that’s not the case.
      Omar is a wonderful guy and a real friend. I can’t thank him, Asma, Ali & Akbar enough for all their wonderful hospitality.
      We will keep in touch,

      Regards, Ron

      Posted on March 12, 2012 at 5:57 am #
  8. From doug:

    Great trip! I am wishing you much luck! When you get to Bulgaria, I have a motorcycle hotel, and would love it if you could stop by for a night. I also have a workshop if needed.
    Have a fun trip!

    Posted on February 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Doug

      Thanks for your best wishes. It’s terrific to hear from someone in Bulgaria, it’s one country I’m really looking forward to and hope to be there at the right time for the Dracula Rally. A motorcycle hotel sounds interesting and I’ll be sure to stop by. Where are you located? I sorely miss my workshop but have been able to make do so far. The FN is going to need a complete restoration when this trip is over, it’s got so many bodgie parts on it at the moment, but as long as it hangs in I’m happy. Keep in touch and enjoy sharing the ride.

      Caio, Ron

      Posted on March 1, 2012 at 11:06 am #
  9. From Horst Nordmann:

    Hello Hero !
    If you need Tools and a Bed in Cologne, you Welcome!!!
    Best Regards Horst & Family
    (I have also FN Engines in my Bikes!

    Posted on February 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

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