Countdown now starts

May 31, 2017

Well this is my first post.  I am 1 day out from flying to Los Angeles to hopefully reunite with Fred (bike pictured).  Fred left Adelaide by truck and was placed in a shipping container in Melbourne.  Fred should be waiting in his box at Schumachers who I gave the job to re clearing customs.


The reason he is in a Harley Davidson crate is that they are hands down the best.  Most manufacturers use wooden ones that are smaller and easily destroyed.  The Harley crate as a metal skid plate and can be reused.  The big benefit is its size – I only had to take Fred’s screen off.  You can get one from a local dealer – all it cost me was a carton of Jack Daniels cans.

The plan is really to have no plan on this trip.  I arrive in the US tomorrow and leave on 13 October. There are a few events that I have pencilled in that I want to go to;

  • World Superbikes at Laguna Seca
  • Outdoor Motocross at Washougal – Washington State
  • Sturgis Rally
  • Graceland

A couple of mates are flying over towards the back end of the trip to do Graceland.

It has already been interesting in what people say about my trip.  The two main themes are firstly that they can’t believe that I am going for so long without an itinerary and then secondly, how the hell did you get your wife to let you.

All I can say is that I have been threatening to do this for a long time and it’s taken me over 30 years of slog at work to get to this position!  Hopefully you will enjoy my blog.

8 comments

  1. Comment by Phil

    Phil Reply May 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Great start Noel. Will view your trip and share it at work with a great deal of interest. Well done mate. Stay safe and enjoy

  2. Comment by Darren Vishnich

    Darren Vishnich Reply May 31, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Good luck sounds unbelievable stay safe.Jacks a plenty!!

  3. Comment by Bernie

    Bernie Reply May 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Looking forward to reading the blog and following your travels mate. Have fun !

  4. Comment by Nikko

    Nikko Reply May 31, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Good luck Noely.. one day I might join you on a long tour like that.. stay safe and upright (unlike me) .. looking forward to reading about your adventures. Fred will do you proud!!
    Cheers

  5. Comment by priscilla k

    priscilla k Reply June 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    RIDE LIKE THE WIND. SAFE TRAVELS AND HAVE A GREAT TIME. Stay left……

  6. Comment by Helen A

    Helen A Reply June 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    RIDE LIKE THE WIND BULLYSEYE!
    SAFE TRAVELS ENJOY THE VIEWS AND DON’T FORGET TO BUY A HARMONICA!

  7. Comment by Garry

    Garry Reply June 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Enjoy mate. My DR and I are jealous.

  8. Comment by Chris Cowper

    Chris Cowper Reply June 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Good one Noel. Ride safe. xx

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