It´s early morning and I am getting packed up ready to depart in the hope the shock absorber will be delivered today. I think Tobi will be glad to see the back of me as I have created mess in every room of his house. He has also kindly got an Eastern Europe map for me- the only gap I have with maps at the moment is Hungary, I´m sure I can make it across there without too much problem!

I have been food shopping while here- and now my panniers are loaded up with food to cook on the journey and in the tank bag is some pumpernickel bread -ideal for travelling as it´s very filling and doesn´t fall to pieces whilst being battered about on the bike.

For those who want to find out more about Tobi, take a look at my previous travel blog (which is about to be updated) on Horizons Unlimited -


He was my erstwhile travelling companion to Timbuctoo with one of the highlights most definitely being having to tow him almost 100 miles.