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T O P - N O T C O R G N 5 1 . 6 635168° E 7 . 1 134822° 677 Ithaslongbeenmydreamtotattoomyself aroundtheworldandtodiscoverandstudy theoriginsandstillexistingtraditionalwork ofmankind‘soldestformofart.So,offIwent toleaveafew„notches“behindandalso obtainsomenewones.Forthisundertaking Idecideditwouldbeusefultosticktothe moreinhabitedregions.Iamagreatfunof untouchednature,butIwantedtomeetpeo- plewhohadthesamepassionasI-tattoos -andIwasunlikelytocomeacrossthemin thewildsofSiberia.SoIdecidedtofollowthe oldsilktrailtostartwithandthencontinue viaIndiatosoutheastAsia.Mychoicefell ona20-yearoldHondaXRV750withalow mileage.Idecidedtogowithatechnically „lessmodern“motorcycleforthistrip,so thatIcouldrepairthingsmyselfincaseof anyproblemswithoutrequiringmodern diagnosticequipment.Byaddingnumerous sensibleparts,mostofwhichIfoundinthis catalog,IturnedtheAfricaTwininwhatitis today.Myloyalandsofarextremelyreliable travelcompanion. IfollowedthebeautifulDanubetoVienna, spentsomedaysontheriver‘sbanksunder theroofofgoodfriends,andsimplyenjoyed thefantasticspringweatherincentral Europe.InRomaniaIwasamazedbythe In May 2014, Heiko Gantenberg, alias Dr. Notch, started off on his two-and-a-half year tour around the world, far from the beaten tourist tracks along very special routes. the tracks of ancient tattoo arts. This combined the three main passions of thze 47-year old from the Ruhr area: tattoos, traveling and riding a motorcycle. opennessandfriendlinessofthepeople,who, althoughverypoor,appeartoleadahappy life.Iwasimpressedbythelushvegetable gardens,whichprobablyprovidedsomeofthe healthiestfoodaround,judgingbythenumber ofnonageneriansIencounteredthere!Itooka tripintothecountrysidetogetherwithatattoo artistIgottoknowinSibiu,wherehegavemea soliddemonstrationofhowaHarleyDavidson Heritage,despiteitsweight,canhandlemud androughtracksiftheriderknowshowtoenjoy himself.Bulgaria‘sruralregionsfascinatedme, largelybecauseoftheirdesolateinfrastructure, somethingonewouldnothavethoughtpossible inamemberstateoftheEU.Forthefirsttime onmytrip,Iexperiencedhowsmallmostofthe countriesinEuropereallyarecomparedwith Turkey:itprovedimpossibletoachievethedaily stagesIhadonlyjustsetmyselfonthemap.I wasmetwithexuberanthospitality,andfrom Istanbulonwardsthisgavemeatasteofthingsto expectwhentravelingthroughIslamiccountries. *notch [nɒtʃ] to make a cut or nick

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