Things are moving fast, very fast. The last couple of days were very fruitful in terms of packing : packing of my stuff, packing for the long way back, packing the bike itself for shipment, and putting the entire package into a truck for the airport! Be ready for the update this different ways of packing and the pictures coming along:
- Packing of my stuff (clothes and everything I piled up during my stay here in India): 105 kg in 3 boxes…not too much for a guy who has been living here for 2 years. A freight forwarding company is supposed to come to pick up my luggage at my place before I leave for Dubai(that is to say Wednesday). I was not going to carry these 100 kilos on the bike…that would have been suicide! No pictures (the boxes are not sexy at all!)
- Packing for the Long Way Back: after putting the rack on the bullet two weeks back, there was a need to find appropriate luggage. So we asked a local welding wallah (a guy who could weld us a metal box) to make us a box that would fit perfectly into the rack…it will carry our spare parts among other things (tent, sleeping bags…). I asked an artist to paint on it a copy of the cartoon Nicolas has drawn for the Blog, as well as a small Ganesha (a Hindu god who will bring us prosperity and luck for the journey). I am very happy by how it came out. See the result for yourself right below:
View of the top of the box The artist
- Packing the bike. A little reminder: we are sending the bikes to Dubai by Air Cargo. A strong wooden crate was required for the transportation of the bike. As I told you in my previous post, I found a box wallah (by now you should have understood that it means a guy that makes boxes!). Seize of each box: 260 kg (
- Finally we had to put the wooden crates into a truck to send it in the cargo office at the International Airport. We of course had to hire a truck wallah (I’m sure you would have guessed that by now!) that came this morning –waking me up at 7.30 after a very short night. Adrien and a couple of strong/shakti Indian guys had to lift the 250+ kg boxes into the truck (I was taking the pics, an envious position I would say, héhé!). See Adrien’s muscles in action right below:
Our bullets are sleeping tonight in the customs warehouse at Bombay Airport. We are already missing them (sniff, sniff), but looking forward to ride them in Dubai by Wednesday!