|D2 and the Bonnie|
I am excited because I am getting to spend a week on the bike, put in some quality miles, and visit some interesting places, but the best thing is that I am doing it with D2. Her Mum and I split when she was only 3 (Mum got sole custody), so although we have never lost contact and have seen a lot of each other over the last 21 years, we still have a lot of catching-up to do. A week in her company will do me a power of good, and I hope the whole thing will bring us closer.
I leave home at silly o'clock to get to her house in central England by lunchtime, and then we are due on Eurotunnel in the early evening. I have a hotel booked in Calais for the night, as the hour difference means we will arrive mid-evening French time and there will just be time for a meal and a wee drinkie before bedtime.
The plan after that is vague, other then to say that we are due back in Calais for a hotel and an early tunnel crossing a week later. I like France, but would like to visit Germany. She isn't all that keen on France but wants to visit Germany very much. The compromise is going to be a mad dash through France as far as the Vosges and perhaps Switzerland, and then a more leisurely return through the Black Forest and the Rhine Gorge. New territory for me.
The bike is ready, the Euros are in the travel wallet, and I am ready to roll. I have a small concern about the rear tyre. I checked the pressure yesterday and pumped it up to the recommended 42 psi. I checked it again today, and it was down to 29 psi. I'm hoping it was just a glitch - I used a new digital gauge I got cheap from Tesco and it seems a bit flaky (and measures in psi, bar, kg/cm2 and Kpa, so perhaps I used the wrong scale). This afternoon I put a new valve core in and pumped it up to just over 42 psi. I'll check it again in the morning and keep my fingers crossed. It's a brand-new tyre, so if it isn't a leaky valve core I am stumped for any reason why it should deflate. Something to keep an eye on, along with the famous Triumph Triple appetite for oil.
This blog will now close due to staff holidays, and I'll be back in a week or so. If you want something to read, those blogs on the right of the screen are all worth a few minutes of your time.