After an absolutely delicious feast on raw Lebanese food and a comfortable bed and the chance to lay down proper and rest and sleep, it was time to check out of the first Airbnb and get the Himalayans loaded up with luggage and get them moving and get the miles racked up so we could get the first service done and hit the road for real. We booked four nights accommodation in Salt Lake City so we could finalise the insurance, get some saddle bags, run the bikes in and get the 300 mile service completed. Our man Spero gave us a few great ideas on routes in the Salt Lake area to take to clock up some miles.
Riding out of Salt Lake City was a dream come true. The 3 lane freeways narrowed into single lane roads as we approached the foot of the mountains and I believe AJ and I were both in the same mind as the scenery changed, the urban landscape diminished and we moved closer to the mountains. Fist pumping and arms in the air and the biggest smiles on our faces being out on the road in the heat riding our motorcycles in the USA in t-shirts, open face helmets with little traffic and loads of space. The dream is finally coming true. Here's a few pictures from the ride. We rode about 120 miles from Salt Lake City up to the mountains and down to a little town called Henefer where we stopped for a beer, and snacks and to look at the map outside the only store in town.
Andrew "AJ" Jackson of Eurorider Training and Mell Rose.
AJ's Check List
*Motorcycles x 2
*All weather clothing/boots - windproof, rainproof as well as cool and warm layers.
*Panniers for carrying extra loads.
* Friction straps and bungees - multiple & spares.
* Chain oil and lube
* Acquired jump leads
* Puncture repair - fix a flat in a can
* Lots of monies
* A ball of string
* Rucksack for daytime carrying capacity
* Flexible attitude to life and journey
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