Mike has never before used motorised transport on his countless previous adventures. But this time he decided to depart from his normal practice. For one thing, it meant that he could share the experience of the journey with his two daughters Annika and Jessica, who were thus able to accompany him for part of the trip. Furthermore, the fastest route is not always the best route. "If you fly over a country, it remains hidden to you," Mike points out. "But if you are able to drive through a region, it's easier for you to see new things and understand people better ... and that gives wings to the soul."