Advance Notice: Â The next month or so is bike related. Â If you fancy reading up on motorbikes, preparation, failure, rain, tents, Scandinavia, rain and rain, pay attention. Â If not, thanks for stopping by. Â There are many wonderful things on the internet. Â Just don’t be a dick.
About a year ago, Sean Cull and I got talking about taking the bike trips to another level. Â I’m pretty sure there was alcohol involved, but we hatched an idea on taking bikes up past the arctic circle and back. Â Making it a challenge and pushing ourselves a bit more than we usually would. Â We discussed charities, basic plans, dates, the Dander4Dosh crowd and tying in with that somehow. Â All sorts of things.
Well in a blink of an eye a year has passed and in a week I head on a 5,000km (or so) trip to North Norway passing through the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and back on the Dash4Dosh . Â As trips go, it is daunting and my trip starts on the 20th May getting to the UK. Â From there, I will meet Roy and Chris and then in Denmark meet Gregg, Vladimir, Thomas, Arvid, Christian etc. Â and start the trek. Â All the prep details and abuse are on the facebook page, which has served the team well. Â Also twitter plays a part.
Preparation has been a challenge, along with moving house and the most work-intensive 6 months I can remember, having free time to even *think* about the trip was/is a struggle. Â But in the best tradition of ILUG (remember them?) we had random skype calls and dropbox plans. Â Then we pretty much made it up as we went along. Â The trip dates are set, ferries booked, meets and greets scheduled, and we are all getting ready.
My bike and gear has slowly come together for touring. Â Buying most of what I need online for touring/camping the cost has been high, but for a “you will only do this once” trip, necessary. Â My VFR full loaded looks like this. Â It is *heavy*.
My temporary home, looks like this:
The sponsor drive for MacMillan charity has been amazing. Â I cannot thank everyone enough. Â As much for the positive vibes, likes and good wishes, to the cold hard cash put forward by so many people from around the world. Â It reenforces a point brought home to me by the recent tragic death of Tim Tripcony. Â This community consists of some of the finest souls I have ever met. Â We had a fantastic run and many arguments. Â But there was, and always will be a sense of family there. Â Anyways, I best get cracking with the endless to-do list.