Good news everyone – I finally have my licence back. Hooray!!!
Yes indeed. I’m on the road again. So take it away Willie please …
“On the road again
Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again
And I can’t wait to get on the road again”
Courtesy of: Willie Nelson – On The Road Again Lyrics | MetroLyrics
What? You didn’t even know I’d lost it. Here’s the story so far should you wish to familiarise yourself with this saga.
Officially, my licence was again valid effective 23 August 2014 – but there’s a catch. It’s only valid for one year – because I have a medical condition that may effect my fitness to drive – so I have to reapply again at some stage in the three month period prior prior to expiry. Hopefully this should be pretty procedural this time. My next scan results will be known on 28 May, and fingers crossed, if all is clear, I’ll be submitting the forms to the DVLA within a day or two of receiving them – the sooner the better so as to give them as much time as possible for the wheels to turn.
On the road again in Chelmsford
I’m not sure of the date of my last ride before my seizure but the period from that fateful day to when I got my beloved Family Truckster back from storage was in excess of twenty nine months, or to be more precise:
- 2 years, 5 months, 10 days; or
- 893 days; or
- 21,432 hours; or
- 1,285,920 minutes; or
- 77,155,200 seconds.
But who was counting? I can tell you I was and some days it felt like an eternity. To stay preoccupied, I managed to fit in a few more overseas excursions in 2014 in the period to the return of my licence. Here’s where I managed to travel other than on a motorcycle in 2014:
Peru – Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu (mid March 2014)
Miraflores coastal views
Historic Centre of Lima
Peruvian lady in traditional dress and pet Llama in Cusco
At the Sun Temple in Cusco
BrettfromBrisVegas at Machu Picchu
Making my way back down Huayna Picchu – very steep!
Lunch at Huacca Pullanca on the Lima Culinary Tour
Switzerland – skiing in Davos (late March 2014)
Late season skiing in Davos, Switzerland
BrettfromBrisVegas hits the slopes in Davos in early Spring
With my Ski Group from the Ski Club of Great Britain
Apres ski in Davos
Turkey – Istanbul and Gallipoli (late April to early May 2014)
Amazing and way old – The Bascilica Cistern in Istanbul
The thriving metropolis of Istanbul as viewed from Çamlıca Hill
The Old City – Sultanahmet at Night
Incredible history – mosaics at the Great Palace Mosaics Museum
Tanzania – Dar es Salaam (early July 2014)
Relaxing at the Sea Cliff Hotel, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam
What a local driver did to his company’s rental car entering the car park to the Sea Cliff Hotel – only in Africa!
Alfresco dining at Sea Cliff Village
Mauritius (mid July to early September 2014)
How most tourists picture Mauritius
I’ll have one of those please – if only!
In the public bus with the locals – when in Rome …
A Hindu God – not exactly sure which one
Idyllic – a Mauritian west coast sunset
Tanzania – Dar es Salaam (mid September 2014)
The Best Western Coral Beach Hotel is a nice spot for lunch or a quiet drink on a fine day
Coral Beach, Dar es Salaam
Yes there was sand there – maybe the hotel just dumped some here?
South Africa – Wilderness, Southern Cape (late November to early December 2014)
Wilderness area beaches and estuaries
Meeting admirers and making new friends on Wilderness beach
The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe Steam Train has not run on this track since flood damage in 2006
Checking out Kaaimans Grotto
But enough travelling my more traditional means, time for me to start planning my next motorcycle tour. Now, where should I go and how soon can I start?