Wednesday, 24 August 2016

All over for this year.

 . . . mission accomplished,  heading home now to the Isle Of Man.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Hot in Las Vegas, and heading North.

110 degrees,  15% humidity and no precipitation.  Wind speed 4mph.

(just like we hope to find on the Salt)

That's what we are experiencing in Las Vegas on our last day before heading north to Wendover.

It's a good opportunity to acclimatise and get used to the heat of the salt flats whilst at the same time
enjoying a few moments of the surreal event that is 'The Strip'.   Fun to start with, but the novelty soon wears off.    I notice that the mood of Vegas has changed since my last visit.    It seems less confident.
entertainment night !

 . . . and day.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Collecting oil in Los Angeles

 . . . When importing machinery into the U.S. as shipping, one is not allowed to have fuel, coolant or oils in the engine which means all of these commodities need to be sourced locally on arrival,   which one would not think was much of a problem,   but it can be,   it has been for me.
  The simplest way of going about things is to have a local contact which I organised through a friend who will accept deliveries on your behalf and then order what you need online from one-stop suppliers like amazon who will deliver direct to the contact's address.

 . . . Except one of my oil requirements has been for Castrol R40 vegetable engine oil which is not to be found anywhere in the U.S. because it is now very old-fashioned and not considered 'environmentally friendly' and as a result I have had to find a supplier in Canada who would ship down to California.

The good news is that my oil has arrived safely,  and the bad news is that five litres of Castrol R40 which normally costs around £40 has cost $200 (£155).

It's OK though, because it's all part of the journey to Bonneville.

Castrol R40 'cos I need it !

Friday, 5 August 2016

In the U.S. for the big adventure now.

 . . we are based in Las Vegas because it's central for access to Los Angeles for picking up our bike crates and then for travelling up through the desert to Bonneville.
I don't and never will be a gambler, so Vegas is a novelty for me and not a money loser.
not spending a dime on the wee beasts,  just a beer or two !
Orleans 5am