Jun 08 2013

The perfect start….?

…. with sunny weather and perfect packed panniers, yeah that was the plan, what we got was 5 degrees, rain, hail, strong wind and luggage that was completely not thought through. The bikes were very overloaded because we forgot to send some of the stuff with the van that is taking the rest for storage in Sweden. I’m so happy that we didn’t forget to send the big oak cabinet with the van as that would probably had been a challenge to get on the bike.

Oh well, luckily it wasn’t the official start of the trip as that was when we left the HUBB UK event in Donington a week after.  9.30 in the morning we had a fabulous send off from the event http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/events/hubbuk/. There were lots of people who photographed and filmed us and I got the feeling of being a celebrity and I think we both quite enjoyed it 😉  Earlier I had been very calm about the trip, it’s been so surreal but at this moment with all these amazing people who had taken the time to come and send us off, I was completely unprepared how it affected me. It was like something had hit me very hard and for the first time I actually understood that we are off on an around the world tour on two motorbikes and a tent. I had goosebumps, tears in my eyes and the biggest smile ever on my face and when talking to

Netherlands

Short break in the Netherlands

Anders said afterwards that he had had exactly the same feelings. For about half an hour after the send off, the only thing I could say was “f..k that was amazing” and Anders told that I must have said it hundreds of times.

With a slight toothache I even managed to get an appointment to the dentist just a few hours before we had to be on the ferry and I think the dentist felt sorry for me as he fixed my tooth for free, what a lucky day.

The plan was to take the freight ferry from Immingham to Gothenburg but of course we were too late and didn’t get a place. Instead we ended up on a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and had to ride on these very boring motorways through the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.

The 1300 km (808 miles) ride from Rotterdam to Kungsbacka in Sweden took one and a half day. The reason why we had to ride such a distance in such a short time was that we got a phone call from a guy from the moving company that said that our stuff will arrive in Kungsbacka at lunchtime the day after.. eek!

 

Denmark

Nice view from the tent when free camping in Denmark

The first night we manage to find a place to free camp in Denmark and it was beautiful spot and we could really get the feeling of being in Scandinavia.

Just to mention is that I have only dropped the bike once since we left England. This happened after we had been riding on the motorway for a few hours and stopped for petrol. I had to do a u-turn and for those of you who are bikers you will know that there can be some difficulties to go from hours at high speed to very low speed in a few seconds…  As a result I got a big bruise on my leg…. and one on my bum, ouch!

Since we arrived in Kungsbacka we have applied for extra passports, China visas and enjoyed meeting our son Emil 🙂 Next stop will be Borlänge in Dalarna to meet Anders mum and after that we are heading towards the Touratech adventure days in Säfsen where we will give three presentations about how we planed the trip…. will be a challenge… will be about how to plan not to plan the trip 🙂

 

 

 

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  1. Hi there,
    Kev says if you had a sidecar you would’nt have bruised legs and could have taken the oak sideboard with you as well.
    It sounds great and we’re counting the days (15) and we’ll be there too.
    We’ll be applying for Chinese visa in Ulan-Bataar now – the Chinese embassy has been in Germany for too long and it seems they have a bureaucracy competition going here. We do not have time and/or nerves for this.
    I think the packing will improve with miles and so will the weather – just think : with a perfect start there is no room for improvement.
    You just reminded me of dentists … think I should try and get an appointment in as well.
    See you in Mongolia?!

    Safe trip and lots of fun

    K + K

  2. HÄRLIGT, så roligt att följa er på er “livs resa” . När vi läser om allt som ska ordnas och fixas tänker vi oss tillbaka på vår start för snart 2 år sedan ,det är så ögonen tåras. Ta vara på varandra och Lev i nuet …Allt gott till er // Kram Ulrika & Dan

  3. Great start and good luck to you for the coming journey

    • Sharon on 8th June 2013 at 22:05
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    All the best on your trip. We hope you meet up with our friends Kevin & Kerstin for your travels in China. We go to see them off in 2 weeks time & travel as far as Prague to make sure they go!!!

    Bon Voyage

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