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London !!

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

Nearly there

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.

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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

 

 

Russels

17 Comments

  • Allison

    Congratulations, what an achievement! Karl and I have thoroughly enjoyed these emails, so inspiring!

    September 13, 2017 at 7:41 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Thanks Allison, great to have you tagging along 🙂

      September 13, 2017 at 11:59 pm
  • Roger Watts

    BRILLIANT!!!

    September 13, 2017 at 8:31 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Didn’t get to Tufnell Park, just too bustling in London

      September 13, 2017 at 11:58 pm
  • Alexia

    Congratulations!! What an absolutely fantastic trip – hope you get to enjoy a very swish hotel in London (that would be an absolute for me!)… Ross wants to do this trip now!

    September 13, 2017 at 8:39 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Thanks Alexia. Tell Ross we can give him a few tips 🙂

      September 13, 2017 at 11:57 pm
  • Tina

    Unbelievable, congratulations!!! We loved following your journey and will miss your posts – so maybe the odd one on your ride through the States? 😉 Please post some photos of the autumn colours in Canada. I’d love to see that.
    Enjoy the rest of your ride.

    September 13, 2017 at 9:47 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Hi Tina. You would know the feeling of destination reached 🙂 Will get that photo to you if nature plays its part – I’m not sure if we might be a bit early for the full show.
      I have been downloading four cameras, uploading the photos/videos, editing and filing each night, then writing something – so wont be continuing with that just because it takes time – but will put up the odd photo just for you 🙂

      September 13, 2017 at 11:56 pm
  • Matt Forman

    Awesome trip Janet & Charlie, have loved sharing it with you via your blogs, one of the highlights of my day was reading your posts, love and hugely respect your wild sense of adventure – its inspirational!

    September 13, 2017 at 10:04 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Aww thanks Matt 🙂

      September 13, 2017 at 11:51 pm
  • Warren Pitcher

    Well done guys,

    It has been interesting following the little blue pointer half way across the world. I hope you decide to keep the GPS rolling in the Americas.

    Spare a thought for the two Tin Horses on rubber hooves who got you there in such fine shape.

    You’re going to find it strange when you finally get back on your proper bikes back home.

    Really pleased to hear you are taking the long road home.

    Enjoy each day and each other. Travel safe.

    Regards,

    Warren

    September 13, 2017 at 10:31 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Hi Warren. Yes we can keep the tracker on, just for you 🙂 The bikes have done us well, they were the best choice for a trip like this for us, though it would be nice to have something a bit bigger for the States. However, nothing we can do about that. Janet

      September 13, 2017 at 11:51 pm
  • Your name

    Wow fantastic and thank you for the blogs Loved receiving them Safe travels home. Jenny

    September 13, 2017 at 10:46 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Thanks Jenny

      September 13, 2017 at 11:47 pm
  • Jane

    We have loved all your blogs and photos. Thank you, you are an inspiration, enjoy your journey home, keep safe and keep enjoying your travels. Jane and Rex xxx

    September 14, 2017 at 9:12 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Hello, nice to hear from you. Its been quite a journey, have really enjoyed it. Looking forward to familiar riding through the States – we understand the language, food and signs 🙂

      September 15, 2017 at 8:41 pm
  • Mike & Kirsten Bryan

    Hi Charlie & Janet, hope you’re having a wonderful time in the US & keeping safe. Your blog has been so interesting – you’ve seen so many things I will probably never get to see, especially from the seat of a motorbike…!
    Great you’ve had the opportunity to do some travelling in easier territory before arriving home. Hope to see you soon. Kirsten

    October 11, 2017 at 10:38 am
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