When I got back to Lymington I really was not ready for how totally knackered I was! It really does take it out of you, especially pushing as hard as I did.
To do the trip justice it really should of taken twice as long. I would dearly love to spend more time in Scotland as that is where the real scenery is. One day!
Those who have ridden long distances on motorbikes for more than just a couple of days all say that you change slightly.
I think this is true. I was humbled by the help and support that I got during this trip. Complete strangers stopping and asking if I'm ok, Wendy at Hawick at the garage who sorted out Lucille and would not take any payment! So many times these things happened as I ventured around over a two week period. I know I will never go by a motorcyclist who looks like he is broken down without offering help again!
Not forgetting all the support I got before I even set off!
At work a map was pinned to the wall, and as I was giving location updates via Facebook several times a day, stickers were placed on the map to show my location!
But my biggest supporter and the one person who I kept in constant contact with was Kiera. Without fail, I would get little messages of encouragement everyday. I can happily say that we have been going from strength to strength since my return.
I think she looks the part on "Lucille"!
However, I must say the biggest thank you goes to "Lucille" For her age she did not miss a beat all the way around. Never once letting me down.
She used less than a litre of oil the whole trip and was consistently returning 60 to 80 mpg depending on the terrain.
The cheap Chinese tyre I put on a Hawick doesn't look as if it's been used!
I changed the chain at Hawick as well.
The basket that "Ghosty" and myself bolted on the front, never came loose. The panniers worked a treat. The leg shields I put on made out of Corolux Roofing Flashing kept my feet dry.
Everything went like clockwork. It was only rider error and bad weather that made me come off.
If anyone is thinking of adventure motorbiking, but wanting to do it on a budget, then I can assure you that the Honda C90 is the bike for you.
It's cheap to run, insure and repair, the parts are so cheap it's ridiculous and they are virtually indestructible. She coped with 20 stone of fat bloke and all his kit as if she had nothing on!
Super easy to ride, and I can confirm very comfortable over a long distance.
So Ladies and Gentlemen, If you would all give a big hand to "Lucille" She is the true star of this little adventure, she did everything that was asked of her and more!
So what's next? The honest answer is I really don't know. I've got some time off in July and I do fancy a trip into Wales.
I also fancy a 24hr endurance ride just to see how many miles in 24hrs I can do!
I'm afraid that this has wetted my appetite for more adventure. But one thing is for sure, this was not a one off!
The journey continues...................