For those of us in more northerly places, the onset of winter normally brings the blues. The weather we have enjoyed in the summer and autumn slips away and the rain, cold and even snow and frost appear. Once the clocks go back and darkness falls ridiculously early, we tend to put our bikes away until the spring. We tend to miss our motorcycling passion and a mild form of depression normally sets in.
Not for me!
I love this time of year!
That is because It is around now I am planning my rides for the following year. This is what I have planned so far....
10 days riding around Cuba in February. I cannot wait to see all the old cars and motorbikes in this very unusual country.
In May, I will be returning to St. Tropez for the Harley-Davidson Euro Festival. Jackie and I will be driving in a car (our Cobra) on our way to take the car all the way back to southern Spain from London and we will be stopping in St. Tropez in southern France on the way. I will be shipping a bike to St. Tropez to use while we are there.
In June, four of us will be getting. Ferry from England to northern Spain and the riding our custom bikes about 900 miles to Cascais in southern Portugal for the main H-D European Rally, then back again. My son Charlie will be joining us on that ride along with friends Paul (who joined me for part of my USA tour last year) and Ian who I went to Croatia with.
At some stage I want to ride to St. Petersburg in Russia, but that might have to wait until 2013.
Planning these trips is great fun and keeps me sane at this time of year. It does however drive Jackie a little crazy as our office is often covered in maps and books and other stuff needed for road trip planning.
Is anyone else planning for next year already?