09 mai 2008

How it all started...

I first have to apologize for not yet taking the time to write on this blog...My contract with the French Trade Commission is over in a couple of weeks after more than 2 years spent in Bombay facilitating (or trying to) business relations between French and Indian Companies.

The idea of coming back by bike to France has come up more than a year ago while drinking and enjoying the evening at one of numerous expats' parties (usually located in their terrace apartment dominating Mumbai's skyline... I believe you can have worse locations to party in the city...). What started while boozing as a light hearted conversation with Adrien about the possibility of taking a Bullet (name of the mythic Enfield model we are both owning now) by road, became a reccurent topic everytime we met. What seemed like a dream impossible to achieve, is slowly but surely taking shape...just a few weeks before departure!

I'll take time to relate the pre-preps we are currently undergoing in other posts but basically they are as followed:
- bike making (yes, only the chassis was there when I bought my bike) and the administrative work that comes along (transfer of ownership, bike passing, etc.),
- bike maintenance learning (never rode a 2-wheeler equiped with an engine in my life before coming to India (do not worry mama, I have ridden more than 15 000 km since then) ,
- deciding which countries to go through and obtaining the visa(s) accordingly,
- obtaining international driving licence and carnet de passage
- arranging the shipping of the bike by air or boat to Dubai,
- packing 

pb_papiers2Yesterday, Adrien and I went to the Iranian Consulate in Bombay to obtain our visa to cross the country - it should be the only visa we require actually for the entire trip. Papers have been submitted to the visa section where we were told to call back in 2 weeks time as we are non-indians and an authorization from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required before any visa delivery.

Tomorrow is a big day as we are going to fix racks on the bikes that will allow us to pack everything we need for the 2-month max journey.... 

A bientôt with more news and pics

Posté par Leboogieman à 14:10 - - Commentaires [3] - Permalien [#]

Commentaires sur How it all started...

  • Bon courage

    Coucou...vous etes fou mais je vous admire quand meme....Je souhaite vraiment que ce sera vraiment fabuleux (et ce le sera MOST certainly)...Bon voyage, bon courage et surtout (needless to say mais je le dis quand meme) ENJOY every step of the way

    Posté par Lou, 09 mai 2008 à 20:30 | | Répondre
  • Comment elles déchirent grââââve maintenant les meules avec leurs porte-paquets...
    Je vous envie les petits gars, je vous envie...
    Et puis les moustachus sur la plage, ça me manque un peu...

    Posté par Nicolas, 12 mai 2008 à 18:35 | | Répondre
  • I thing you are going to go right way.your post is very good and helping us lot thanks for share this useful information.

    Posté par dissertation, 14 février 2011 à 11:41 | | Répondre
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