Month: Jul 2013

Alpentour 2013!

Finally, my favorite roads are on the menu: from Saturday on, I will guide my 20th XBR Alpentour. As the XBR still has the sick gear box, I’ll take the Sportboxer. Which is OK, because I neglected her this year. My favorite roads in South Tyrol…

After the rally…

…is before the rally 😉 . The European Road Runner Rally starts in 10 weeks… 😀 I attended the final banquet and the award ceremony. It was announced that the minimum level to be a finisher was lowered to only 55000 points. hmmmm, what…

The riders are coming back

So I am sitting here in the hotel lobby and welcome the riders entering the building. The European riders seem well, except for Giel Kerckhof, who seems to have stopped…due to a broken gear box! This is ironic, because my problem appeared when I…

Back at the finish!

Dear all, these are my first words since 11 days ago…I have reached the finish line despite my sick gear box. But, as you know (Skye and Hampe, does this sound familiar?) : “A Honda never gives up until it is burning up” Despite…

Day 10 – Nearly there …….

Robert has sent me a quick update before hitting the sack (that means going to bed …..) He’s had a relatively quiet 750 mile ride today.  The bike still runs perfect – apart from the gearbox. He’s been through Nebraska, Iowa  and Illinois.  Iowa…

Day 9 report …..

Robert sent me an email earlier today – except I didn’t receive it ….. So, I’ve just had a lengthy phone call bringing myself up to date with what is happening.  I should point out here, that I had to make the call and so…

No further news yet to report

Just in case you were all wondering !!

Update – end of Day 8

Just had word from Robert that he has reached SLC again – (no, I don’t know what SLC is either !!) 5th is now working, but the gearbox is in a really bad way.  Shifting is very difficult. He is 2000 miles away from…

Here’s what has happened

My blog tonights was going to be about how all was going well I received news from Robert this morning at 8.00am (midnight on Sunday in California) basically saying that in the end he had 3 hours of buffer due to my efficient rest break (finding…

Day 6 Update

Just as we were leaving Lillehammer this morning, a text came through from our hero !! As I need to be back home tomorrow for business meetings, I’ve had to wait until I was nearly home before finding a hotel with a computer to…

Coming into day 7

Well he’s obviously taken pity on me and not sent a text message so far today telling me how day 6 fared for him The only problem is, we need to be back home for tomorrow and as we are currently just over 1450…

Day 5 going into day 6 ……..

At 4.00pm this afternoon (9.00am “ish” depending on exactly where Robert is), Robert stopped for an hours rest having ridden through the night.  It seems for this leg he’s staying at the “Iron Butt Hotel”. He is now 1400 miles away from the checkpoint…

Day 5 – Leg 2 begins ……

It’s a little after 4.30 am here in Lillehammer and I`ve just learnt the news that Pepa is Roberts girlfriend !!  If nothing else, by keeping this surrogate blog for him, I`m getting to know who all of his friends and family members are…

Day 4 – Further Update

As some of you will now know, Robert is currently lying in 36th Place. What you will not know is that he “lost” 3 hours searching for a bike shop that could change his tyre.  His message was not clear as to whether he…

Day 4 – first target chieved

First of all an apology.  In yesterdays blog, I mentioned excessive fuel consumption that Robert was experiencing.  That was a mistake.  It,s actually excessive tyre wear he is suffering from.  I misunderstood his text message.  That is what happens when a German in Canada…

Day 3 – O my prophetic soul ……

For those of you unfamiliar with the works of Shakespeare, those are the words uttered by Hamlet when he realises his worst fears are confirmed about his fathers death. And so it was with me on Day 3 of the IBR when I had…

Day 2 …..

Well it looks as though Canada was succesful.  Robert managed to ride 980 miles today and reports that he is on track. And it’s finally stopped raining on him. More importantly, he’s had his first mechanical set back when he thought the alternator had…

Day 1 ………

Well, it looks as though he’s stopped for the night in Vermont. There’s been a lot of rain today for him, but his general direction suugests he may be heading into Canada tomorrow. Now that could be risky.  He had problems on the 2012…

So he’s off and away then …..

Well with the wonders of modern technology, here am I posting on the blog about Roberts IBR ride over there in the good old US of A, whilst I am sitting in a hotel a few miles south of Nordcapp. As you will all…

Talk to you in 11 days…

OK friends, this is my last post for the next 11 days. The rally rules do not permit me to publish anything during the rally (“You’ll have no time for that!”). I have finished my planning which I cannot reveal now. I only can…