Myths & Legends of Carpathians and Transylvania, a MotorEast Expedition in cooperation with the Ironbutt Association, is the politically correct title of the ride I was fortunate enough to be part of this June, 2006. This was not a tour, but an expedition, as the roads had not been scouted, no support vehicle would be in tow, and there was no extra motorcycle. We had a guide, maps, bikes, and hotel reservations. The plan was to leave Istanbul, Turkey on Friday, June 16 and ride through Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and back to Istanbul sixteen days later. One hell of a ride, with one hell of a bunch of riders. The American contingent consisted of some of her best - Mike Kneebone, President of the Ironbutt Association, Bob Higdon, renowned writer and rider, Tom Loftus and Greg McQueen, IBA Rally veterans, John Cheney, who rides motorcycles all over the world, and myself, the self proclaimed FNG (Fucking New Guy, a term derived from 'the conflict in southeast Asia'). Zeki Ozdogan, the Turkish Harley rider, belongs to the One More Mile Club, a Turkish Ironbutt, if you may. And then there's Paolo Volpara, our Italian guide, tour company owner, poet,historian, you name it. Bob Higdon wrote once that Paolo seems not so much to relate to the thoughts of Julius Caesar as to channel him. It's an experience just to take coffee with the man, much less ride with him for two weeks and change.