Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
The three days of the meeting were filled with hourly presentations covering a range of very interesting topics and further presentations by various travellers who had been there and there and there and got all the t-shirts, punchers, spills etc. Rensche really enjoyed the "Women Only!" presentation...and that's all I'm allowed to devulge from the happenings in that meeting. It was good to meet up with Paul Gowen from the RAC who is THE man for sorting out the Carnet for all UK based travellers; he also gave a very good presentation which put a number of rumours to rest. We were pleased to enjoy a number of presentations by women travellers including Lois' summary of her escapades across Africa at the end of last year and then also Catherine Germillac who rode a 125cc across most of the world over 21 years....and that was her first and only bike. There was also the Roadkill Cookout where the skills of gutting a rabbit and pheasant were demonstrated...I've got my braai grill packed and ready...now to find a Kudu.
It was also great to meet with everyone and exchange ideas and generally just have a good laugh. Was also good to put some faces to names/handles.
Late Sunday morning we boarded our trusty steeds and head off back to London. As it was raining we decided to stick to the M! to just get back asap. Coming round the M25 and approaching Junction 16 the bike suddenly started loosing power. I though it was the old carb problem but once we had stopped on the hard shoulder I opened the dipstick and will now never forget the smell of burnt oil....yes all the oil had vanished and the engine had seized. Even with putting in some new oil the kickstart wouldn't budge. It was fused solid. This was at 14:30 when we phoned Roadside assistance who finally got to us at 17:30 and got us home by 20:30.
Now the fun began...