On Friday 13th at 10am I walked down the corridor of Terminal 3 Manchester Airport leaving my wife Sharon, Daughter Alexa and niece Rebecca (Becks to me) behind. A slight tear, a deepbreath and I was on my own, the journey had begun.
That morning had been a whizz, BBC Radio Manchester at 8.30am, BikeTorqueTV at 9am and a radio interview by Capital FM at the airport. The next month and a half would be a whirlwind of which many have followed and some have shared. I thank you all.
A year later almost to the day, I reflect on a year that has flown by and a realisation that over 16,000 page hits to my blog from 8500 visitors since I added the 'Revolver Globe' to my blog.
2011-2012 has been a strange year, I have struggled to find regular work, had a constant nagging feeling to get the book written (though finding work has taken priority), and carried on using my bike as much as possible.
BMW Finance have been great and helpfull along the way. I can recommend them.
Having been self employed for many years, and now at the ripe old age of 54, I am struggling to find a new career, and the small amount of jobs I have had are not enough to realise the plans and dreams Sharon and I have.
One thought came to mind when surfing the web (seems to be my main pastime at the moment). Motorcycle Touring has become massive over the past years and many of my Facebook friends, Forum chums and Twitterarti plan big trips and adventures.
Being on the edge of Europe is ideal to travel east across to the middle and far east, Europe and even north Africa. All within land locked roads once across the English Channel.
But what about those from other countries, that want to visit the UK on a motorcycle. There are a few motorcycle travel companies in the UK, and what about another.
I know the UK very well. There are not many places the England Scotland or Wales I haven't been in thirty odd years of work, play, and travel. On a bike, car or truck.
For all those motorcycle riders wishing to visit the UK and see more than London, Stone Henge or the M1 a tour organiser, leader, to show the way around the real UKis now available.
Planning a tour to suit $$$, sights, interests, time, accomodation choices and per day miles is unique.
Your thoughts would be welcome.
THUNDERSPRINT, NORTHWICH CHESHIRE THIS WEEKEND
For those in the North West area, the Classic Bike speed trials and bike show at Northwich (4 miles west of M6 Junc 19) This weekend 12-13th May.
Saturday is a quiet day, but Sunday see's the racing around a car park (better than it sounds), which is a sprint time trial of old classic bikes of all styles and types. The streets on Northwich are closed off and over 10,000 bikes, riders and fans turn up for the event. Sunday weather is supposed to be good.
AND ITS FREE. (NB: A Spitfire fly-past most years is worth the wait).
I was invited to read and review Ted Simons new book Rolling Through the Isles and received a pre-release copy last week. Spending a few good sessions reading the story of Teds youth, the war years and his recollections of the places and people that had an effect on his life.
Having travelled around the world twice, written Jupiters Travels , Jupiters Return and a few other books, his latest story is a pleasant meander and worth a read if not just to discover some new places to visit.