80 Days left till we fly. The last ten days we have completed all but one of our inoculations. (I’m very pleased about that) just need to get a our final TBE in March before we leave.

We now have all 3 LOI’s (Letters of invitation) that we require. We have started to complete the Russian Visa application form which we need in two weeks to make a trip to Manchester for the application. That will be the first of the serious visas.

Now we have 30% of accommodation decided or booked, going well, we don’t want to book everything as that will be too inflexible however certain constraints are on us, China dates and Russia dates mainly.

The budget is looking healthy at this time as we are being very careful with every penny we spend so we can save more and make the trip a little soother and easier.

The Carnet is ordered and paid for, ouch, it will be with us second week of Feb in time to take to the Bike transporters in March.

So it’s all getting very real now, we’re all a mixture of emotions, excitement, fear, confusion etc… The one thing this year is going tobe is different, we have never done anything like this before and it’s really a massive undertaking but also it’s hard to rain back and not plan too much as we know things will have to mold and change around customs, bikes, roads, mountains, weather etc.

So the next couple of weeks will be making sure we get the Russian visa and planning the timing and application for Pakistan and China Visas as although we have 2 1/2 months which sounds a lot of time as the Passport has to be away for 5 to 20 days for the Visas it a logistical nightmare that requires planning as you cannot just apply when it suits you but only in certain windows of the arrival dates.


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