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herbert and i

Anchorage the cold

USA | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Views [566] | Comments [4]

Arrived in Anchorage worn out 28 hours of flights and airports. Snow still tops all the mountains surrounding Anchorage, very spectacular. A bit of a hitch upon arrival, i was told that the shipper wanted another $430.00 or Herbert would not be released. At first i thought about posting bail but then decided how much trouble can a motorbike get into. I made my way to Carlile transport and found the people could not be more helpful, a few calls and the $430.00 was waived it sometimes pays to be nice and non confrontational. I was given a wad of paperwork and sent off to customs about 15 minutes away where once again the customs officers were really wonderful 1 hour later after chatting and recieving tips from the officers i made my way back to where Herbert was waiting patiently.

About 3 hours later Herbert was together with help from the people at Carlile. Ready to go thumb the starter, nothing! What an anticlimax. Ok start stripping her down again, problem solved a bad connection. Power great, the engine turned over but no life yet for Herbert as i flattened the battery. A charger was duly bought out and an hour and a half later the 650cc heart fired into life. As i waved goodbye to the friendly people at carlile transport a chill wind blew up over the snow capped mountains oh oh forgot my gloves even with freezing hands my first ride was amazing i couldnt stop smiling the part of my adventure that i have been waiting for, the part that seemed would never arrive  has begun.



Hello it's Annette again, wow, what a way to start! As I read I thought, no, not again...I held my breath but there was a very happy ending! And what turned out to be a lovely encounter with the locals. Hope you find your gloves, A ;)

  Annette Edwards May 16, 2008 3:36 PM


Fantastic Tony, all systems go now! I can just feel and see that huge smile on your face....blow the gloves do you really need them?

  Violeta May 16, 2008 3:51 PM


Hello Tony. Great to hear that your trip is underway.
Only 3hrs to assemble. Thought we packed it better than that.This weeks lotto results did not help my cause to joining you along the trail.
Had 7 stitches in my wrist on thurs -little industrial accident. Anne-Marie suggested that I may be missing you. Yeh, may be but not enough to slash my wrist.

Richar and Anne-marie

  Richard English May 17, 2008 7:43 PM


Tony, great to see that you are off on that adventure we talked about on the plane over to the states. I am back in melbourne after the greatest golf trip of my life, so hope yours turns out as wonderful as mine did. Will follow your adventures, have fun Lance.

  Lance from the Qantas flight Jun 15, 2008 5:35 PM

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