Wel­come to the Crim­son Trail,

From the Baltic coast to the Mediter­ranean via derelict mis­sile si­los Jussi Hyt­ti­nen (aka the Rolling Hobo) and his KTM 500 EXC are the kings of the Crim­son Trail…


THE CRIM­SON TRAIL is an off-road ad­ven­ture from the Baltic coast to the Mediter­ranean Sea. The route com­bines re­mote and spec­tac­u­lar dirt tracks and aban­doned sites of post-war his­tory in East­ern Europe. These rem­nants of a de­funct em­pire can be ex­plored amidst the beauty of the Carpathian and Balkan moun­tain ranges, the Di­naric Alps and the vast North Euro­pean Plain. I’ve been rid­ing the trail for the last three sea­sons, and it now con­nects Es­to­nia’s Tallinn with Thes­sa­loniki in Greece. Fin­ish­ing the fi­nal leg this year was a huge re­lief as it’s been a rocky road at times. My team­mate pulled out this year with in­juries and I’ve been patched up in Ro­ma­nian and Ser­bian hos­pi­tals af­ter crashes on the road. But that dan­ger is part of the game, and you take it as it comes. I be­lieve per­sonal growth only hap­pens out­side your com­fort zone, and sit­u­a­tions of ex­treme stress are when the strength of the mind is steeled or bro­ken.

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