There has been a bit of a wobbly with shipping arrangements, Instead of leaving from Melbourne on about 6 June, the bike leaves from Sydney on 15 May. To add to my chagrin over this, the shipper cancelled the October return and asked me to get the bike back to Portland by 16 September. On that date I am scheduled to be either in Texas or New Mexico! I made some enquiries and have found a number of outfits that will ship single bikes at short notice. It does cost more and they prefer to ship from designated ports. I am searching for one in Portland Oregon! Otherwise I will simply have to ride the bike to Los Angeles.
We have conducted two trial packs. The first was clothes and stuff (read cosmetics and hairdryer :-)) and it looks like we will be ok for space. The second was our riding suits, one helmet and Liz's riding boots; into the panniers, as they will ship over with the bike. That is also ok and we can also fit in a number of other small items. The final trial pack will take place on the weekend of 11 May.
The week of 6 May will see the bike serviced and a new front tire fitted. It will then be ready and I will ride it to Sydney on 14 May.
All that remains to do is buy travel insurance, bike insurance, roadside assistance, the satellite weather and traffic and upgrade the sattelite tracking program. These have all been sourced and it is just a case of parting with the money.
Some may wonder what I am going to do without a bike while mine is on the ship. Well, I was planning to buy one and then sell it again; but I have a truly amazing and generous friend, David P, who has offered to lend me his BMW 1150GS.