Late last Thursday evening, I stopped playing with the 'VH' and realised that I hadn't made any preparations for the LDR route (apart from buying the OS maps when the instructions first arrived).
I then spent a couple of hours cutting a copy of the instructions into tiles and pasted them onto a Tally Roll, which went into my Touratech Route Planner. This then bolts to the bracing bar on the BMW handlebars. This is not a quick process.
Ha Ha !! Sorted . . .
Another late night - into bed slightly before 02:00 on Friday
Saturday morning, the word went around - "We have changed the route, new sheets are available for collection" . . . .
Aaaaaggggh . . STUFFED . . . What am I supposed to do with this ???
I deliberately didn't take my tank bag and if I taped it to the tank top I couldn't see it with my full-face helmet or read it with my 'Vari-focal' glasses.
Only one thing to do . . Follow someone else
I saw a Square four leaving the hotel two-up so tagged along behind, they stopped to zero the trip and I pulled alongside and said "Is it OK if I follow you ?"
I got lucky and had picked Bill and Lo Bowers of the Cornish Branch. We had a very good day and they went on to win the event.
So my grateful thanks to Bill and Lo for their excellent company, good humour and expertise. Next year, if all goes according to plan, they will be organising the LDR in Cornwall. That will be an 'interesting' trip for me on the VH as I now have no excuse for it not being ready. A 'Long Distance Run' indeed !
And a lesson learned, I usually have at least one back-up position but didn't this year. Planning only takes you so far.
Bill Bowers (on right, facing camera):
Lo Bowers (at the Middlesbrough Motor Club Headquarters):
(I really must get one of those roller route planners that takes an A4 sheet. I understand they are available from the VMCC - of which I am a member
My avatar shows the late Len Rich in 1970 with the bike I now have - a 1958 Ariel VH