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Home safe and sound

PatrickWell that’s it. Patrick is home safe and sound – he’s got his leg up in the air and a dog that is really happy to see him!

We’re all very relieved that the man himself is home, and we’re crossing everything for a speedy recovery so he can get straight back on the bike.

Hopefully tomorrow we’ll have some shots of the damage to the bike and we can assess what needs to happen to get the man himself back on the road – he’s even applied for some print outs of his x-rays, which will certainly brighten our flickr stream up!

Thanks very much to all the people who’ve emailed me to help find some gloves for Patrick – sorted now thanks to the wonderful Ness!

Patrick out tomorrow

Patrick in bedPatrick is still feeling a little groggy after all his meds, which isn’t very nice at all. He’s up and about on crutches, which is very positive news, but still feeling under the weather. I think it’s all catching up with him now and he’s starting to feel a little poorly, which is to be expected.

If all goes well and his test come back clear he’s hoping to get out of the hospital tomorrow and start the long road back to fitness.

He’s asked me to find him a pair of weight training gloves, or cycling gloves – just something to stop his hands getting blistered with the crutches – so if you’ve got an idea where I could get those drop me an email.

1 plate, 7 screws!

Hamming it upPatrick has a dirty great big slab of metal in his leg – 1 metal plate with 7 screws holding it in. We’ve been down to see him this afternoon and he’s in fine spirits! Took him some reading material, and some fresh strawberrys.

Also been glad to hear that you can get over this quite quickly – asked the guys over at Horizons Unlimited what they thought and they’ve come back saying he’ll be back riding fit in no time. One chap in particular broke his leg and was back up and about in 8 weeks – so here’s crossing our fingers that Patrick will be up and about ready to battle his way to Russia.

He’s trying to get hold of a copy of his x-rays so with any luck we’ll have those up soon!

2 pins and a plate

patrick in hospital 014The news is in – Patrick’s operation has gone well.

There was some ligament damage and it sounds as if more pins were needed than initially thought. But the important thing is that the operation went well and with any luck our fellow traveller will be out tomorrow – crutches and plaster complete.

The only problem now of course – is how on earth do you keep a very active fellow ‘active’ when he’s got one leg strung up?

Operation this morning

Patrick is heading down for an operation this morning to pin the bone, and see if there’s any damage to his ligament.

We’re all crossing everything here that it’s nothing more simple than a pin, if it’s a plate then Russia may be off for him. It’s something none of us want, but if anyone is going to get over a broken leg, get fit and ride to Moscow, it’s Patrick.

Breaking News

PatrickPatrick has broken his leg. Yes you’ve read right. He was involved in a small accident this morning, which left him sitting in A&E with an x-ray of a cleanly broken right fibula.

More news as soon as we have it – at this point he’s still in hospital and we think he’ll be in a cast for as much as eight weeks. All fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.

Rhino Protect Review

A good wash before we startAfter waiting since February following my purchase of a profit kit from the Rhino Protect stand at this years London MCN show the day had come to travel to the fitting centre just north of Slough, although if I am honest I travelled over the night before and stayed with an old friend as I have a tendency to sleep in. Still, travelling done I had arrived at the centre, which was also the centre for something else but I’ll come to that later. So I arrive and a friendly chap tells me to park up on the wash bay and as soon as I have got myself and my tank bag off he starts washing my bike. Once he has finished thoroughly washing the areas of where the kit is going to be applied I’m instructed to move the bike inside the workshop, manoeuvring past a Lamborghini Gallardo being valeted, I parked up next to a long table as directed by the friendly chap whom, after reading the name on his polo shirt, was called Phil.

Phil sets to work peeling off all the excess bits from the pre-cut shapes on the sheet of film, I say film, Phil did explain to me that it wasn’t really a film as in plastic but something else but to be honest I have forgotten. He also told me that it was developed originally to go on the tips of helicopter rotor blades to stop them from wearing away so quickly, if only the VFR went that quick. Now that Phil had the sheet of film ready he picked up one of the many bottles he had and sprayed the front of the bike in a soapy solution. He then explained that this was necessary as the soap acted as an inhibitor to the adhesive on the back of the film and allowed him to position it in the correct place. After a bit more spraying and positioning Phil was happy that it was in the correct place and started to use a small piece a hard rubber to squeeze out as much of the excess moisture as possible. As he was doing this Phil explained that because the film was micro-porous it would take about 7-10 days for the film to cure during which time I should keep smoothing down the edges and where the film went over decals.

Attention to detailIt didn’t take long for Phil to finish doing the rest of the front during which time I looked around at all the very nice high performance cars in the workshop one of which was a Pagani Zonda. Most of it was covered over but the rear was all exposed where the gearbox had been removed as it was having a new clutch fitted. After looking around and taking a few photos of the Zonda and other cars I went back over to Phil as he was finishing off the front of the bike.

As I have a baglux tank cover fitted there was no need to fit the tank parts of the kit but so I wasn’t short changed it was agreed that I could have the film used on the back of the bike around the pillion seat. However, as there wasn’t a template for this area Phil had to mark out and cut each part by hand. He did this with the same attention to detail as he did whilst fitting the pre-cut elements for the front resulting in a fit that looked as if a machine had done it.

Now that all the bits had been fitted the next stage was for Phil to go round every piece using a hot air blower and his hard bit of rubber smoothing down each bit again ensuring that all the edges were stuck down. He then, using a microfiber cloth, went round the whole bike again and polished off any water marks leaving the bike shining like it had just left the showroom when it was new.

Hardly see the edgesWhen you consider how much the kits cost then add on the cost of a pro fit it is easy to see why some might say “its nice but a bit expensive” but to those people I would say that the cost of having it fitted is worth every penny. The service you receive is fantastic and, as for the film, apart from it protecting your bike for chips, scuffs and abrasions it also lifts the shine making the bike look great. For example, my seat cowl was really starting to look its age what with boot scuff marks and rubbing from my Ventura bag yet after Phil gave it a little polish with some fine compound and then fitted the film it instantly looked like it was brand new.

In short, I can only urge people to get their bikes covered. It is well worth the money, the service is fantastic and with all the loose debris on the road it just makes sense. I know I’ll be a lot happier when we are on our Journey to Russia knowing that my bike is as protected as it can be. Thank you Phil you did an excellent job.

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April training run takes us (me) home.

Ready for the off – again – as we prepare for the April training run. We’re heading to Celyn Brithion back home in Wales.

It’s a beautiful spot right at the heart of a beautiful country (not that I’m biased). I’m really looking forward to the long corners and steep bends that the road up to Dolgellau offers. We may even have time to drop in on the family.

The run is only around 188 miles one way, but that should be more than enough to blow the cobwebs out and get used to long days in the saddle. I’m trying to work out at the moment if we should blast across the A40 all the way to Breacon and then go up and over the hills, or if we should go up along-side the M1 and M6 through Birmingham and Shrewsbury and then break across mid-Wales. Perhaps we’ll do both – should make for an interesting ride!

Stunning Photography

We’re very luck here in Journey To Russia towers… we have a genius photographer with us. His name is Stace and he can’t half shake the right end of a lens around.

Here are some of the amazing shots he took of our Dartmoor run – he wasn’t even trying to take brilliant shots as we were all for the most part just worried about where the next cup of tea was coming from.

You can see all the photos from the run on our Flickr stream – make sure you comment 🙂

The beauty of Dartmoor

A safe distance

Its morning

Nice line up

Sunset

April Training Run – almost ready

We’ve chosen the location, we’ve bought new kit, and we’re ready for the off!

Well, almost. I still need to change my sprockets and chain, Stace needs to re-configure his luggage after buying a new 2 second tent with a smaller ‘wing factor’, and Patrick needs to ride-in and make sure his recent head bearing replacement has taken.

Next week we’ll also be announcing a stunning partnership with another site… so keep your eyes on the RSS feed 🙂

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