Travel Through the United Kingdom on a Harley-Davidson
By Peter & Kay Forwood
The United Kingdom on a Harley (7/8/11 - 14/8/11)
Distance 213 km (597005 km to 597218 km)
This is part of the seventeenth section of our
around the world trip.
Complete Trip Overview &
Coming from Germany or
our previous visit to The United Kingdom
7/8/11 Off the ferry in Dover and a short ride to
Horley, near Gatwick Airport, where we washed the motorcycle, ATM'd
some pounds and repacked the motorcycle for its flight to Newark, New
8/8/11 James Cargo had given us a reasonable price for the motorcycle's
air freight to the USA. It was not the cheapest quote but they allowed
us to remove the front wheel and mudguard, windshield, seat backrest
and top box rack reducing the motorcycle to just over 2.1 cu/mt which
also allowed it to fit onto one of their prefabricated crate frames,
meaning we didn't need to organise a crate ourselves. Also they do all
the paperwork this end, with information on clearing customs at the
other end in the USA. It took less than two hours for us to have the
motorcycle dismantled and on the crate base, payment made, and coffee
drunk, with helpful staff at their warehouse in Colnbrook. A long train
trip back to our hotel in Horley, where we have booked a room till our
flight on the 14th. James Cargo predict the motorcycle will be in New
Jersey on the 13th with four days free storage for clearing customs,
often only a few hours procedure. Lets hope so.
9/8/11 Relaxing properly for the first time in a couple of weeks. It is
always good to have the planned events come to fruition. A quick ride
the last ten days, visiting people, arranging shipping, now relaxing.
Not really. The list of unanswered emails
enormous, a consequence of easy communications with internet demanded
answering, taking most of the day.
10/8/11 Skype phone calls to family in the morning, and the diary that
is usually written daily but was now 10 days behind. A normal 20
minutes daily event longer because the ten day memory is not as good as
the yesterday memory. The diary, photo processing and publishing taking
up today, with a walk to the Horley shops and watching the dreadful
riots near London on the TV occupying relax time.
You can now move onto the United States of