Saturday, 9 June 2012

Once around the world, once around the clock

It's been a while I know, but I thought my loyal blog followers might appreciate an update.

Whilst out on the Yamaha this afternoon it went from being a bike with a very high mileage to one with a very low mileage.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Post Script

I got back home on Saturday afternoon, I managed to last until Monday morning before I had to go out on the bike again (and you're right - that isn't High Wycombe in the picture).

On Wednesday I took the bike for an MOT test. Now obviously after more than 40,000 miles it didn't pass. So, having ridden for 11 months on bad roads, no roads, dirt, sand, mud, snow, corrugations, gravel, rocks, floods, landslides and river crossings what was the one thing it failed on? A deteriorated numberplate.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

That's all folks

So if I was doing it all again what would I do differently? Well I'd take a universal sink plug with me. And that's about it. I'd try to carry less luggage but I don't know what I'd leave behind. Oh, and I wouldn't carry my water in two Fuller's London Pride water bottles. When you're riding across some of the hottest and driest places on the planet it doesn't half make you fancy a pint.

Not a good sign

Friday, 12 March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Alles In Ordnung

I thought that perhaps the procedure for getting the bike back in Germany might be a little more straightforward than it had been in previous countries but it still involved going to 5 different counters in 4 different buildings.
The process starts at Cargo City South Building 501. Where is Cargo City South Building 501? Between buildings 537 and 534 of course.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Heading Home

Two days of train travel made a change, but everytime I saw a stretch of road out of the window I found myself looking at it longingly. So I decided to hire a car for the trip back to Frankfurt.
Its been a long, long time since I last drove a car and, even though it was only small, in comparison to what I´ve been used to for the last 11 months it felt like I was driving a bus.

With luck the bike and I will be reunited tomorrow morning and then I´ll start heading back to England. Which I suppose in a very roundabout way I´ve been doing ever since I left.

Monday, 8 March 2010


When I left Buenos Aires the temperature was 30 degrees so minus 18 on top of Germany´s highest mountain came as a bit of a shock to the system.


The German Olympic team arrived in Garmisch last night. They´re sponsored by Milka, and now so am I.

Saturday, 6 March 2010


I stayed in Nurnberg at the start of the trip and I´ve returned for 2 very good reasons:

Unfortunately all the beer drinking has left me with no time to visit the pigeon museum, the beer glass museum or the garden shed museum. All good reasons to return I´m sure.