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 coastline, Lima, Peru

Miraflores coastal views

Lima, Peru - Historic Centre

Historic Centre of Lima

Peruvian lady and Llama in Cusco, Peru

Peruvian lady in traditional dress and pet Llama in Cusco

BrettfromOz at the Sun Temple in Cusco, Peru

At the Sun Temple in Cusco

Machu Picchu, Peru

BrettfromBrisVegas at Machu Picchu

Huayna Picchu, Peru

Making my way back down Huayna Picchu – very steep!

Lima Culinary Tour, Peru

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

Skiing Davos with Ski Club of Great Britain

With my Ski Group from the Ski Club of Great Britain

Plenty of fun after a day skiing in Davos

Apres ski in Davos

Turkey – Istanbul and Gallipoli (late April to early May 2014)

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey

Amazing and way old – The Bascilica Cistern in Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey viewed from Camlica Hill

The thriving metropolis of Istanbul as viewed from Çamlıca Hill

Old City of Sultanahmet at night

The Old City – Sultanahmet at Night

Istanbul Great Palace Mosaics Museum in Sultanahmet

Incredible history – mosaics at the Great Palace Mosaics Museum

Tanzania – Dar es Salaam (early July 2014)

Sea Cliff Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Relaxing at the Sea Cliff Hotel, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam

Extreme rental car damage in 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

Alfresco dining at Sea Cliff Village

Mauritius (mid July to early September 2014)

Mauritius beach resort

How most tourists picture Mauritius

Pleasure boats in Mauritius

I’ll have one of those please – if only!

Public buses in Mauritius are a cheap and mostly convenient way to get around

In the public bus with the locals – when in Rome …

There are may idols of Hindu Gods and Hindu Temples in Mauritius

A Hindu God – not exactly sure which one

Idyllic west coast sunset in Mauritius

Idyllic – a Mauritian west coast sunset

Tanzania – Dar es Salaam (mid September 2014)

Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The Best Western Coral Beach Hotel is a nice spot for lunch or a quiet drink on a fine day

Seaside view from the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel

Coral Beach, Dar es Salaam

Sandy beach at Best Western Coral Beach Hotel

Yes there was sand there – maybe the hotel just dumped some here?

South Africa – Wilderness, Southern Cape (late November to early December 2014)

The beaches and estuaries of Wilderness - Garden Route South Africa

Wilderness area beaches and estuaries

Leisurely walks with the dog on Wilderness Beach

Meeting admirers and making new friends on Wilderness beach

The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe Steam Train no longer runs on these tracks

The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe Steam Train has not run on this track since flood damage in 2006

Kaaimans Grotto, Garden Route near Wilderness, South Africa

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?