Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
Trip End Nov 30, 2012

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Not much 'two wheeled life affirming action' (copyright Bike magazine) as yet but I need to get this blog going so we can send people the link ! Next step is getting JB's bike over from Switzerland and serviced at Vine's Motorrad Caterham (Thanks Jana). The trip then begins with an awesome ride around the beautiful and unforgettable M25 to the quaint south eastern England hamlet of Slough to drop the bikes off.
Everything's packed, the mountains of paperwork stored away, arms jabbed,  new tyres for the bike - wagons roll !

    Things starting to happen now. A visit to Matthew and Cheryl and Alfred's place last night for a farewell meal. A BBQ was on the cards but the UK’s dreadful weather continues unabated. Given a great T shirt – BMW Adventure on the front, route of the trip on the back. Will save a lot of hand waving when south of the US when trying to explain what we’re up to. Tuesday was the ride out to Slough and an industrial estate on the fringes of Heathrow. One signature later and having paid up we were done. I’ll save saying I can’t recommend James Cargo enough until I see my bike again in Anchorage but they clearly know their stuff and ship loads of bikes. Friendly and free coffee too ! Many thanks to Giles and Jim and the rest of the team.  All that remained was a lift from Mark to drop off JB at Gatwick for his flight home to Switzerland via a first viewing of Mark’s new house in Copthorne. Looks good ! The next time I’ll ride the GS will be on Alaskan soil – can’t wait.

Update 2:
    First cock up achieved ! Contacted by James Cargo to tell us that mobiles aren't allowed on the bikes - doh ! In a remarkable parallel of our car buying habits it meant I ended up back in Slough to collect my disposable 2004 vintage Nokia PAYG (with 5 still on it) and JB's all singing all dancing satellite phone. JB's half wittedness I'm glad to say exceeded mine by a considerable margin by also leaving highly explosive CO2 canisters (for puncture repair) on his bike - despite buying and packing an air compressor for exactly the same job because he knew he wasn't allowed to pack the canisters. I'm sure my turn will come so thought I had better place this on record for future reference.

    Good news is the bikes are on FedEx flight FX0015 arriving in Anchorage today the 28th. It's a McDonnell Douglas MD11 currently doing 433 knots at 34,000ft. Isn't that there interweb thingy great ? I wish it a safe landing - we're not insured. (Giles assures me they've never had a bike significantly damaged apart from a GS in Singapore that landed upside down after being dropped from the cargo bay of a 747 - ouch).
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Stuart Norris on

Hope you're packing a video camera?

v5rcb on

Hi Stu !
Two GoPro HD's - will try and get some short clips uploaded along the way.

Mark on

Chocks away, the lads have now left the country.... to Frankfurt!

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