Well thats the end of the wonderful "All roads lead to the Moon" adventure, 30,000 miles, 13 countries, 28 states in the USA, 3 provinces in Canada, a pretty amazing experience. First I'd like to thank everybody that followed the blog (and hope you continue to do so, life isn't over yet!) and a huge genuine thanks to all the wonderful people we met on the road, shared a conversation with, shared a beer with, shared a wedding with and put up with having two slightly smelly bikers doss in your homes!
It may be a bit of a cliche but the trip was life changing in that it opened my eyes further to the huge injustices in this world to both humans and animals but more of that in the book when it comes out.
The bikes at the end of the day got us to the end so thats a positive, we put them through their paces and we showed up a few weaknesses but I have to say the biggest weakness was with the dealers themselves, EVERY time the bikes were in a dealers they needed some kind of remedial work by myself to make them right, simple things sometimes but not the point, must try harder my BMW.
The big success stories were;
Metzler Tourance tyres, 3 rears and 2 fronts each and NO punctures, the fronts are still good!
Cardo Systems Scala Rider intercoms, worked amazingly for the whole year and were invaluable.
Scottoilers which ensured that despite the harsh conditions we put the chains through we only changed the chain & sprockets once in the whole trip.
The Exped camping mattresses, so good that they were often more comfortable than many hotel beds.
Our ARD Case Panniers, stayed waterproof, secure and in one piece despite the bikes being dropped and mine getting side swiped by a truck in Peru.
With the exception of Scottoiler providing suport and oil we received no help from any of the above so these are genuine testimonials.
We now need to re adjust to normal life, quite what that is I'm not sure but just to help we're off to Applecross later this week to chill so more photos from my favourite place in Scotland soon.
Finally a big thank you to Alex Dickson who looked after my admin, provided tech support and organised for our car to be ready for us when we returned, Danny & Jackie (Fi's Mum & Dad) who did the same for her and my brother John for loking after the admin on my fleet of bikes while we were away.
|Welcome home, wet & cold, just as I remembered it! |