A late call in the evening and the ball got rolling. My buddy Manuel, with whom I already spent a legendary weekendtrip on our 80s Vespas, came around the corner with the following offer: “7,500 km in 16 days through 10 different countries around the entire Baltic Sea in a 20 year old car.” Wanna join me? “I did not think a long and agreed. A roadtrip of a very special kind was waiting for me, the Baltic Sea Circle Rally 2018. No coffee ride with electric blanket, but pure adventure and deliberately out of the comfort zone. We swoped our smartphone against a wrench, the everyday office chair against the driver’s seat and the keyboard against the steering wheel. In advance, concepts were written, donations driven, sponsors requested and searching for an epic adventure car.
Germany / Hamburg:
After signing up at the head-quarter and receiving the roadbook, we studied the routes. The months of preparation were celebrated and the anticipation for the other teams was very great. Many people arrived at the start place, onlookers or former participants to say goodbye to the teams.
The motorcade passed the start stage and was sent by BSC moderator “The Machine” with entertaining announcements in the outdoor experience deluxe.
We left Hamburg with a big shout out to devote ourselves to the first road book task of the day, the so-called Viking baptism. Sand from Denmark, a tree branch from Sweden, iron from Sweden and sea water from Sweden, no more and no less. We had the sand in our luggage and in the evening light we met the first like-minded people on the streets. In complete darkness we arrived in Ystad (in the south of Denmark). Almost canceled the mission, we finally spared the sign right at the beginning of our walk. Up the hill and around the stone. We made a photo and we were already Vikings.