It all started over a few drinks at a Harley Rally back in September 2003. The question was asked "if you could do anything what would it be". My answer was "drive coast to coast USA". "What in a car"? "No on the Harley"! My husband was very surprised at this. Anyway the seed was sewn, it germinated over the next few weeks and we just decided to go for it. It was the ideal time for us. The youngest had finished university and was living back at home, so that meant that the house, garden and more importantly the cat was looked after. We both broached the subject with our respective bosses, and whilst surprised they said they would manage if we really wanted to do it. So no holding us back.
We looked into hiring a bike, but that proved difficult and expensive. So we then looked into shipping our bike out. This was actually easier than we expected, and whilst not cheap it was doable. We used HC Travel and they arranged the outbound shipping and insurance (I'll tell you about that later). Once the boring details were sorted, we turned our attention to planning the route, the winter months were spent poring over maps and on the internet. We decided we would start our trip in May as the weather would be better. We certainly saw some weather (more about that later too). When planning our route we factored in attending a couple of State Rallies, a concert, Route 66 and a visit to friends in Utah.
Our Harley started its journey out to Baltimore 3 weeks before we did. We took it and a small trailer down to Southampton, where it was placed on a ship and we waved goodbye. As you can imagine my husband was beside himself. His pride and joy heading on to the high seas without him..................
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