This week we had the sad news that Doug Kenyon is no longer able to ride with us. He is as disappointed as we are, so we wont hold it against him.
We also find that our Moscow visit coincides with that of the Lord Mayor of London (the City of London, that is). This unfortunately means that the British Embassy and the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce will be up to their eyes in civic receptions. Alas, no Embassy reception for us then but, on the plus side, it will undoubtedly simplify my packing! Gok Wan, where are you?
However, the absence of any official obligations does leave us free to explore St. Petersburg and Moscow under our own steam. Added to which we have an invitation to ride with the Harley Davidson Club of Russia on their annual rally … they are graciously overlooking the all-too-evident fact that none of us is actually riding a Harley.
And things are looking rosy for our send off from Jim’s hometown, Waltham St. Lawrence – which, if you’ve never been there, must rate as one of Britain’s very prettiest villages. The WStL Café, which normally opens its doors one Sunday per month, has agreed to open on Saturday 11th just for us, so we can stoke up on tea and bacon butties before we leave for Scotland. There will be music from the Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band and, of course, you’ll be able to buy a T-shirt – or a Teacloth – from the church stall!
We will be leaving the village pound, in front of The Bell pub, at noon … waved off by a very very VIP!