This is a long over due update; I have been silent for more than 2 months. A lot of stuff has happened, so let's get started.
PreparationsSince last, not much have been prepared. My girlfriend was getting second thoughts about letting me leave for 6 months - on the other hand, I haven't been very good at trying to explain to her how I imagined this to go. She thought that I would be gone for 6 months without her being with me or see me - and that's clearly not what I wanted.
So after having a few talks with her about the trip, she is now again convinced that the trip is gonna happen and she gets excited about it too.
So basically, she won't be joining for the whole trip. She will fly in once in a while and spend a week or two here and there. Now when this is done in a strategic maner, the longest period we WON'T see each other will only be about 4 weeks. Those who knows us, that is not too unusual for us.
On another note, I have started researching shipping methods - so far I have asked James Cargo and Motofreight about shipping. I want it air-freighted, so it'll cost more, but it'll be easier for me and I dont have to do without the bike for as long. Plus if it is transported by sea, there can be some pretty substantial delays and I wanna avoid that on the outgoing leg. Shipping back home is gonna be less of a problem.
Since the communication is being done between Christmas and New Years, it is limited what I get of responses - however, James Cargo are very good at answering their emails. I might go with these guys even though it is about 200 GBP more expensive.
ArizonaSince my last update, my work has taken me to Arizona. I was supposed to be there for only 3-4 weeks, but ended up staying almost 2 months.
While I was there, I talked to the people I worked with about my plans for driving the Pan-American trip. Several times, the contractor that worked with us (his name is Dan), invited me and and my colleagues out on ATV rides in the Arizona back-country and during many dinners I told him more and more about the travel plans.
|Out in the Arizona back-country (near Sedona) on Dan's side-by-side ATV|
Dan has spend countless hours driving his ATV everywhere in the area, so he knew all the awesome small roads. He was an awesome guide.
|Just south of Sedona on N Bill Gray Rd|
|Some roads are normally closed. When you drive an ATV, you don't care so much... You go around|
|Arizona offers some extraordinary views - well worth it for anyone to try|
|The obligatory pose|
|Me and Anders - I struggled a lot to keep the camera stable during the drive|
|This is the southern states after all - these people and their guns...|
|Those goggles are a necessity when driving in 2 ATV's. The one behind gets covered in dust, especially if you don't keep distance|
|The GoPro that was mounted gave us problems all the time - it would stop recording randomly. So I had the bring out the phone for recordings and it shows by the shaking in the video|
All the rest
Just before Christmas I ordered a bit of stuff of the internet - mostly special tools for the that I think I need.
I still need to arrange some spare parts for the bike but I will talk to my local dealer when the bike goes in for service first thing in January 2016.
|Some tools: a sparkplug socket, some extenders, 1/2"->3/8" converter, USB-power plugs and and auto charger for my MacBook Pro.|
I better stop here and save some for the next update.