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    Getting ready for 'The big year off'... Escaping on the GS

    I'm not sure what constitutes 'Going and doing one' but this might be it. I dunno though
    Anyway, I'm taking a year out to go and travel. I've always wanted to do it and so now I am. It all starts with a couple of months around Europe on the GSA, and then off again elsewhere, again on the bike, but destination to be determined..

    I've been getting ready over the past weeks and have got together a fair amount.. just reeling off what I've gotten together, it really is quite a bit. Mind, I have enjoyed doing it though

    Here's my list of bits and preparation I've gotten sorted and done in the past weeks..

    Wilbers WESA Suspension (from Revs Racing)
    Remap (Hilltop)
    Full Service (Motoscot)
    Oil Cooler Guard (ex Bryn of this parish)
    BMW Headlamp Guard
    New battery
    DS Protection Raid Box (very nice)
    2 new Conti Trail Attacks
    New Maps for my Zumo 550 installing them on a SD card so they'll all fit on the bleedin' thing.. and some backup maps on another card..
    Large Tank Bag (ex Sadjim of this parish)
    Additional Power Socket
    Nippy N Fuse Box.. Rewiring all to it, shifting the autocom about.. Etc etc
    Power Port (ex Popeye of this parish.. they're great)
    Audio System
    Coutour Roam HD Camera
    Couple of Wunderlich adventure bar bags
    Spare Number Plate
    A new toolkit, Some spare bulbs and a puncture repair kit

    … Then camping stuff..

    A Hilleberg Nano 2GT Tent (ex Ballistic of this parish)
    A sleeping mat from Go Outdoors
    A rather nifty Ortleib Bag (never had one, they're nice aren't they?)
    Some tie down straps (a kind donation from Fanum of this parish)
    A couple of rather nice ROK Straps
    Pannier bag liners (from ebay). Only 34 quid for a set and actually suprisingly nice.
    Cheap chair from Decathlon (Looks a bit like a surface to air missile strapped to the pannier. My fat arse will probably destroy it in one sitting)
    Camping Gaz Stove (99p from Ebay)
    Cartridges for said bargain
    Some Rock Pegs
    A plethora of camping bits and bobs from the Poundshop (Hey, big spender..)
    A Pacsafe Cable lock

    .. Then some other stuff..

    A spare laptop battery
    A laptop ciggy lighter from ebay (cheap, small, nifty)
    Spare phone batteries
    Spare camera batteries
    Additional Toshiba HDD (as the video files from said contour roam will be mahoosive)
    A cheap-but-very-useful travel charger
    A USB and cigarette lighter multi adapter

    Then for me kit..

    Shiny New boots
    Rukka Xtrafit gloves.

    And then all for all the documents..

    E111 Card, Travel Insurance, International Driving Permit, Green Cards, a new insurance policy (my old one runs out mid-trip how's that for luck?), maps, a lonely planet Eastern Europe book..

    Nearly ready. Counting down the days until Friday week

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    you are missing the tins of corned beef to deliver to brasov....

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    Go do one Rob .... power to your elbow

    Enjoy, ride safe. Look forward to the ride report

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    Tours, training or custom made earplugs ... it's all here.

    "If you want the rainbow then you have to put up with a little rain" Dolly Parton

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavinbell View Post
    you are missing the tins of corned beef to deliver to brasov....
    I was tipped off it was Pork Pies.. is that info out of date?

    In all seriousness Gavin I was recommended to drop you a line regarding your neck of the woods..

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    Cable ties and duct tape?

    Have a cracker of a trip.... you may not enjoy every second of it while it's happening, but you'll miss every second of it when you get back


    I hope things go wrong for you......







    'Cos that's when good things start to happen and the adventure and memories really do begin

    Big genuine smiles and an open attitude beats any amount of prep. money or expensive bullshit kit or brand labels, hands down!
    सत्यमेव जयते


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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky View Post
    Go do one Rob .... power to your elbow
    Enjoy, ride safe. Look forward to the ride report
    Cheers Micky.. good wishes from someone who knows how to go do one eh?



    Quote Originally Posted by Fanum View Post
    Cable ties and duct tape?
    Check

    Quote Originally Posted by Fanum View Post
    I hope things go wrong for you......
    'Cos that's when good things start to happen and the adventure and memories really do begin
    As you say.. them's when the adventure starts (let's hope for nothing too bad though!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Fanum View Post
    Big genuine smiles and an open attitude beats any amount of prep. money or expensive bullshit kit or brand labels, hands down!
    I'm totally with ye on that. Be humble, try a few words of the language, smile and be friendly.. and voila!
    I haven't got too obsessive about the prep, just trying to be sensible, make the bike as nice as possible... and use a shedload of the good tips from the site and peeps here

    Cheers Fellas

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    Good luck, enjoy, and mind how you go.


    Oh, and keep in touch.
    Johnefyn

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    First aid kit?
    Chris

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    Weapons training?

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    Have fun Rob
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    So many roads...........So little time......

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    I would add a Hi-vis tabbard for breakdown/stops in the dark etc and buy a Breathalizer when you get to France.
    Cable repair kit ?
    Mosquito wipes/spray.
    A shed-load of Euros while they are still available

    Have a great time.

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    Hi Rob,

    Break a leg, as they say

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    You only need one thing for an adventure and that's 'permission', which you've given yourself.

    Permission to 'go do one', permission to say fuck it I'm off, permission to say whenever.

    Other than that, find a little luck and have a ball

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timolgra View Post
    You only need one thing for an adventure and that's 'permission', which you've given yourself.

    Permission to 'go do one', permission to say fuck it I'm off, permission to say whenever.

    Other than that, find a little luck and have a ball
    What he said.

    The best thing you'll find is that travelling alone encourages others to interact with you. Even small groups can give the appearance of being self-contained to the point where people feel disinclined to make an approach. Be prepared for the interest of total strangers, it can be very rewarding.

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    I hope you bought Wet Wipes to take with you

    Have a great trip and try to keep us posted of your progress.

    Phil

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    Have you forgot the bog roll!
    Have a good trip Rob. ..Lucky bugger

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