25th July 2011
As with all the best laid plans, our final itinerary was very different from the one we published pre-ride. Despite skipping a day in Vilnius, Lithuania, to catch the Mid-summer Festival in Riga, and having to cut Prague from the itinerary due to illness, we still achieved over 6,500 miles.
We were waved off from Waltham St. Lawrence on 11th June by the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, Home Secretary. Our first night was spent at Abington, Lanarkshire, some 40 miles east of Ayr, where we attended the Scottish Classic Motorcycle Show the following morning, before travelling on to our official send off from Moscow, Ayrshire. On our way back from Scotland, we camped overnight at Buxton, Derbyshire, then regrouped for the Ace Cafe event on Thursday, 16th. Peter Williams was unable to attend, but award-winning Elvis impersonator, Ben Portsmouth, made it a memorable evening.
We arrived back in Moscow, Ayrshire, on Wednesday, 13th July. Over five weeks, we passed through twelve countries and crossed seventeen national borders (including Scotland). It was a whistle-stop tour and there are many wonderful places that we will certainly revisit at some point in future.
|1||Waltham St. Lawrence, England||11/06/2011|
|2||Moscow, Scotland (send off 6pm)||12/06/2011|
|3||West Coast Ride-Out: Erskine Bridge/Dumbarton/Helensburgh/Faslane/Arrochar/Loch Fynne Oyster Bar for lunch/ back to Glasgow via Arrochar/Tarbet Loch Lomond/ Luss/Balloch||13/06/2011|
|6||Ace Cafe London (send off 8pm)|
|9 & 10||Berlin, Germany||19-20/06/2011|
|13 & 14||Riga, Latvia||23- 24/06/2011|
|16 & 17||St. Petersburg, Russia||26-27/06/2011|
|18, 19, 20||Moscow, Russia||28/06 – 01/07/2011|
|23 & 24||Kiev, Ukraine||03-04/07/2011|
|26 & 27||Krakow, Poland||06-07/07/2011|
|29||Drei Gleichen, Germany||09/07/2011|
|33||Stoke Mandeville Reception (invite only). Overnight stop: Macclesfield, Greater Manchester||12/06/2011|