Practise pack of the bike

It was a stunning winter day in Canberra – the sort of days that Canberra just does so well. Bright sunshine. Crisp air. Clear blue sky. Lake Burley Griffin almost looked blue! Almost.

With only four weeks until Adrian takes off, it was time for a practise pack. Could we actually fit 5+ months’ worth of camping, clothing and bike repair gear into two panniers and a top box?

The answer is yes! As long as my shoes are packed inside Adrian’s shoes, and assuming that we will generally buy food on a day-to-day basis (other than perhaps a 1kg bag of almonds which I’m pretty keen to have to hand at all times!), we can fit our basic needs into three metal boxes.

Maslow would be impressed.

BMW r1200GSA motorbike loaded up ready to go

Practise pack – everything we need / are taking on the trip is on this motorbike… including toothbrushes!

Gearing up

Adie gets a bike - a BMW 1200 GSA! This is the day it all started. In Gosford. At a BMW dealership. After a loooooongg wait!!

The bike had been on order for months – apparently it was delayed at the port on its way in. Which made me realise – you know that old saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’? I used to think it only applied to things you had, and then lost. Little did I know that it also applies to things before you’ve got them and so haven’t actually lost them.

Who knew?!

Adrian loves this bike. Loves it. As in, I think he’d consider sleeping in the garage just to be close to it.