Day 1: Meat is Merther

For my own benefit I’m going to try to post as often as possible – in part to get used to using the WordPress app on my iPad, in part to used to downloading images and backing them up whenever I get wifi. I won’t be writing essays, just a few words and some pics. 
Setting off was difficult – last minute appointment to get my Hep B jab (thanks Sister Greenhalgh), computer and scanner deciding to go on strike (hope no one asks me for my MOT) and, of course, saying goodbye to Eejay and India. Still, it happened. Around 9:30 on April 20th 2015 (for the first time in my life I was early!)

   
 

First stop, Sale Moor to see Alan for some drugs… Altitude sickness drugs

 
Then, off to Wales, if I want to be able to tick off 20 countries on this trip then Wales has to be one of them. To be honest it wasn’t worth it (sorry Wales), I thought it would take up an hour and be a nice photo, but it took 3 hours and the photo is rubbish. Believe it or not, that 3 hours was the longest I’ve ever ridden the gs, and it was long enough to tell me I needed to buy the Air Hawk I’d put off buying a few weeks ago – so, detour to http://www.motorcyclemart.co.uk/ in Kidderminster and my bum is thankful for doing so. The delay and the detour meant that plans for Newport Pagnell, Parliament Square and Beachy Head were all cancelled, and I had one long ride from Kidderminster to Dover for the ferry. The ferry was like the scene in StarWars where they go to the bar and it is full of the world’s worst misfits and bandits… Still, free wifi, so I managed to book a hotel on the outskirts of Dunkerque. 

I didn’t take photos of the bike shop, the ferry or the hotel, just Alan (Sarah will be pleased) …. Not much of an archive… Need to get in the habit the further East and more interesting it gets.

4 thoughts on “Day 1: Meat is Merther

  1. Will

    Fantastic news to hear you’re on your way. Congratulations! Blogging is a great way to keep your diary, get some hot is uploaded to a safe place and also entertain couch potatoes! Go for it….

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  2. Graham

    I love the bike. I thought you were going on a DRZ. What is that pannier set up?
    On your sore bum…I hated my 800GS seat and bought the BMW comfort seat. Never had a sore bum since whether one or two up.

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    1. davenunns Post author

      Hi Graham
      The drz is a perfectly good bike for over landing, but I don’t think my bum or my bones would thank me for it – big thumper engine. 99% of my route is on Tarmac, so the 800 suits me fine.
      The panniers are Peli Cases – 1440’s I think – attached using Caribou mounts from the USA. Others have used them, they crash well, cheaper than metal cases. They have wheels as well – which I’ve just used to get them in my hotel tonight 😀
      Dave

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