Third and last meeting coming up next weekend; That will leave us just four weeks till departure! It’s quite incredable just how quick the time has gone since the first ever get-together with the potential team members at the Horizons, Autumn meeting. Plans are are however, well on schedule. We now have our backup vehicle sourced by Iain with assistance from Mark, a Mitsi Pajero + uprated 3/4 ton Ex Army trailer. Yesterday Sue & Belle went shopping and purchased all the tinned and dry food we will be carrying. Tents, Jerry cans, water containers, Camp kitchen, cooker and many other items are making my place look a little like an Aid Warehouse; and Belle is back off to Begium on Monday to collect the last batch of Visas. Steve has picked up the first of the spare parts, donated by Tony @ Riders of Yeovil suppliers of the Chinese bikes and hopefully next week Peter will be collecting a whole load more spares from Ken up in Sunderland. The Cool Boxes kindly donated once again by Tina and David @ The Cool IceBox Company down in South Moulton, Devon should be with in a week or two. Belle & Will are also well advanced with the plans for filming the trip assisted by no less than Claudio, who filmed The Long Way Round! Hopefully the TEAM can put something together that really shows the spirt of the trip this time around. I don’t think there is a single member of the team that isn’t as excited as I am about the forthcoming departure and already we have quite a few people saying they will be turning up at Portsmouth for our departure. If any more want to come down, we will be staying at the Travel Lodge, Emsworth on Saturday night and leaving for the ride down to Portsmouth at 8.30am. Boarding of the Ferry will comence at 10am for an 11am departure. It would be wonderful to have a convoy of bike riding down to the ferry with us, or just meeting us at the entrance to the terminal. Please bring cameras, video and stills so that it can be added to the DVD All are very welcome, although stress levels may be raised just a little !