I had a minor panic last night. I had a sinking feeling that I hadn’t done anything constructive towards the planning for my trip for at least a week. In fact I haven’t even got a firm date for when I’m setting off yet! Is that a big deal at this time? Given an estimated departure date of 28th May, I’ve still got over a hundred days to get all plans finalised.
Over the past month my focus has mostly been on sourcing equipment for my trip. Future posts will look at some of these in more detail. Having been on quite a few previous trips I’ve got most of the equipment necessary for an overland trip but there were a few key pieces that I wanted to add to my kit list for he trip:
- DeLorme InReach SE Tracker/Messager
- RAM Mount Aquabox Pro 20 (for my Google Nexus 5)
- MSR Quick 2 Pots System
- Bear Grylls Multi-tool
- Touratech Bottle Holders
All my friends will tell you that I’m not quick at making decisions, especially when it comes to me handing over money. Some of the items in the list above aren’t the cheapest of the alternatives that were available but I think you’ll come to realise why I bought them when I write about them in more details.
In particular I’m excited about the features and functionality of the DeLore InReach SE GPS tracker. If you’re looking for a GPS tracker this one has it all. It’s like the SPOT Gen3 Messenger and Connect rolled into one plus so much more! If you want to learn more about it contact David at Global Telesat Communications. Those guys are dedicated to their customers, so much so they even responded to my e-mail queries at 7:30pm on New Year Eve. Now that’s dedication to customer service!
Also on my shopping list was a new set of tyres for my R1200GSA. Since my trip to HUBB UK last June I’ve been riding around on a pair of Continental TKC80s.
Well, two pairs actually… in 8 months. Now I don’t have a problem with the TKC80s and I’ll happily put on the bike for my adventure but I need the tyres on the bike are at the end of their life and so I figured that I’d experiment with some alternatives before I go.
The folks at BMW Off-Road Skills use the E-9/10 for the big adventure bikes, and I also used the E-10 on my old R1200GS when I went to Morocco. I decided to give them another try on my R1200GSA. I gave Trellesport UK a call and the chap that runs the place is very knowledgable about his tyres. I had been thinking about getting the E-10 tyres again but after discussing the type of surfaces I’ll be riding on he recommended the E-07 instead. They’re sat at home now, waiting to be fitted. If there’s a break in this awful weather I’ll have a got at fitting them myself if not it’ll be a trip to the local tyre fitter… it’s winter and I don’t have a garage to work in!
This is the stage in the planning that separates the men from the boys! I’ve got all the gear to be able to set off around the world but now I need to figure out logistics of actually setting off. I’ve now got a date for my last day at work – 15th May – I need to work out the time line for getting my bike shipped to the UK and then on to Canada, my flights to UK then Canada and the ferry from Nova Scotia to New Foundland island.
So now it’s time to put my money where my mouth has been for the past year and actually get some tickets booked. (・_・;)