The forecast was heavy winds, near gale force and some of our group had set off early from Lincoln, going cross country led by Al and Gail on their Triumph Tiger, across the moors, through fords and greenways – the Garmin was already performing true to form. The group grew as they progressed, joined by Malcolm and Lorraine, Alan and Hugh – all on their way to meet us in the pub at Harwich for the start of our adventure to Norway and the Arctic Circle!
En-route I received a call from my Support Rider, John. He had a problem with the fuel cap on his 1250GS – it would not open! Some frantic calls to Magellan support and BMW dealers whilst sitting in a lay-by and another biker stops to see if I was in trouble. It turned out to be Steve – one of our group on his GS stopping to see if I had a problem! All the team arrived in dribs and drabs and the ice was broken. We were to be best buddies for three weeks, and the jibes were already flowing – mainly targeted at me by my ‘buddies’ from the Italy tour the previous year! Meanwhile John had got a temporary fix for the bike, unfortunately that meant he missed our evening meal!