It has long been known that I want to leave the country and go travelling, eventually hoping to find somewhere that I would like to settle down along the way. Going away for a two-week break in the hope of finding something is so damn difficult that I gave that up some years ago and I have discovered that while you may be able to glean some information from the Internet it is often a long way from the truth. No the only way to set about finding somewhere is get out there and take a long hard look for your self. This means giving up your job and a whole lot of other things that I have come to take for granted.
I realise that it will not be easy and it will be a complete lifestyle change soI have decided to add this section to my blog, in order that I can catalogue details and events in the search for my very own version of paradise.
I have bought a new motorbike, well new to me at least, and after not having ridden one for what seems like a lifetime, I am getting used to being back in the saddle again. The bike seems heavy but I suspect will get used to it. I have become acutely aware of the amount of stuff that I will have to take with me and the list seems endless. Tent, sleeping bag, roll mat, cooker, clothes, spares for the bike, panniers, tank bag, security etc etc.
Keeping the weight down and well balanced on what is already a machine with high centre of gravity will not be easy and I have to teach myself to ride on gravel and off track, as it is something I have not done a lot of before. If I am to achieve my dream of having a beer in Alice Springs with the Tiler one day there is a lot of work to be done and fair amount of money to be spent. Photos of the kit and the bike as it is transformed from a bog standard road bike to a world conquering adventure bike will be posted in the gallery section along with various bits and pieces of kit I will need and have acquired.
Wish me luck.