Didn’t take us long to reach the Channel Tunnel and get loaded on the train, 35 minutes later we re-surface in Folkestone – as in England!!
Long trains, two levels, the bikes go in together last
Inside all stacked
We headed straight for London – and wouldn’t you know it today there was a Brexit demonstration and so there were people everywhere. However it didn’t stop us from parking in illegal spots and asking strangers to take photos of us.
Us, the bikes, and Big Ben
The London Eye
Choosing the right spot
Us, the bikes, and Trafalgar Square
Buckingham Palace – we were there!
Next we rode to Dorking in Surrey where we will be staying with Bill, Emily’s grandad, for a few days. We have already been on a road trip around this beautiful area.
Wow, from Vladivostok all the way to London, a massive land mass to cross – goal achieved, destination reached, we have actually done it, tick!!! What a journey, what an experience!!
So a bit of a summary…
We left Auckland on 21 May, arrived in London on 10 September, a total of 16 weeks
We travelled a total of 22,070km starting in South Korea
We have visited 22 countries
Most challenging bits – when my mum unexpectedly passed away – hitting “the wall” in Mongolia – when my daughter had a new baby and I wasn’t there to help – all within 5 weeks
Best bits – the generosity of strangers – the people we met – doing an extreme trip like this together, in our 60’s
Tyres – our Mitas E07’s did the whole journey
Janet picked up a screw in Mongolia so one flat tyre – which we had to repair again in Tajikistan
The bikes – our Yamaha XT250’s performed really well – we had no problems at all, just regular oil changes that’s it.
We were blessed with sunshine most of the time
And many an answered prayer
And so now to get us and the bikes home – we have chatted about it and decided to take the long route and in doing this, we will have ridden around the whole world!!
Air Canada has a special deal running to the end of September so we will fly to Montreal, head to the coast to hopefully see the autumn colours in New England, visit some relatives of Charlie’s, ride through Amish country, maybe connect with some friends in Ohio (if the timing works), then ride to LA where we have a contact to ship the bikes home. I am keen to ride in the States again so this gives me the opportunity. It also means we get to see and do something on our way home rather than being couped up in a plane. Sounds a good plan to me – so a list of things to do over the next few days to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. Not sure if I will blog this next bit, it does take a lot of work and time, think I might just enjoy the ride. Still undecided.
Thanks for tagging along – I do hope you have enjoyed reading our diary – thank you to all those who commented and emailed us, its always good to hear from you – and a special thank you to our family and friends for your constant prayers for us. We started each day with prayer and have been totally blessed with God’s protection, provision, and guidance. It has been a fantastic memorable interesting challenging journey. Glad to have shared it with you.
Charlie and Janet xx