Our short ride to Auckland reconfirmed our enthusiasm for being on the road.
Since then we have been dealing with sorting gear, vaccination updates, and the myriad of things that need to be done before we depart.
Dick has been doing lots of research and planning for the journey.
I have been dusting off my pearls...
We have both been getting fit. Mounting the big BMW 1200GSA is my biggest challenge so I have been doing a variety of things to improve my strength and flexibility. Pilates, Feldenkrais and the gym - Thanks Ebony, Nicky and Maria. I hope that my new bike trousers prove to be as flexible as I am.
After we cross from the UK to Europe we will ride to Denmark and board a ferry that will take us to the Faroe islands and Iceland. We return to Denmark and head north to Nordkapp Norway.
Then south through Finland, the Baltic states, eastern Europe to Croatia. Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and south... There is also a Plan B. We have visas for Pakistan and India.
Orlanda is in the departure lounge at Aukland airport. She flies out on NZ002 at 9.40pm tonight. We look forward to seeing her in London and hope that all the paperwork for her clearance goes smoothly.