Last Entry in this category, 'UK Preparation'.
The day of departure has arrived after living in oily overalls for what seems like a couple of years. Probably it has been a couple of years.
Preparation is done, luggage is loaded, trial runs undertaken.
Final configuration is here:
The last run round the block yesterday.
Today we start tentatively. Very tentatively. A toe-in-the-water trip to Calais for our first overnight stop.
Plenty of time - minimum stress - not far to ride.
Dover here we come!
So, a rundown of the final week with thanks to all who made it a great send-off.
To all at the family fairwell and trip conference on Monday.
A London event on Tuesday by the Scott Polar Research Institute made a nice break from all the oily rags.
Thanks for all the good wishes on Wednesday at one of the biggest reunion clubs going, The TV Network Club.
A couple of beers with old-time Wimbledon Club members on Thursday, who I think gave a vote of approval for my bike's preparation.
And a brilliant breakfast send-off on Friday by the Crystal Palace Early-morning swimmers, complete with a very slick and appropriate music and visuals accompaniment.
After five days of that, and no work to speak of, this last manic weekend in the garage was a weekend not to remember. Spanners spun and flashed, oil gushed and panic reigned.
Now we hope all is calm On The Road (again).
Posted by Ken Thomas at September 14, 2009 08:47 AM GMT
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