Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The late blog

Hi All,

Wow... what a 10 days or so its been since I last blogged. Sorry there was no blog on Sunday. I had a very busy day promoting Arctic Ride 2014 at the Bikewise show in Durham. More to come on that in a separate blog though.

The reason for the delay in blogging are aplenty. First of all I've been trying to move house and on Saturday morning I encountered a massive issue which caused Kirsty and I to spend the whole day looking for a new house. This then saw us prepping for the Bikewise show until 11.30 pm! Which is never fun when you have to be up at 6 am the next day. Then of course there was Bikewise all day Sunday. I thought on Sunday evening that I as I'd had a stressful day that I would do my blog on Monday evening... WRONG AGAIN Gordon... the luck gods had obviously decided I needed to be brought back down to earth after my fine day at Bikewise and decided the best way to do this would be to make the clutch on my car break on the way home from work... 4 hours later (9.30pm) I finally got recovered back home.

My poor C1 getting picked up
So as my car is out of action the only way to get to work was on my trusty Suzuki... now this isn't a bad thing at all but those luck gods tried to punish me again on Tuesday morning. Getting ready for work I packed up my pannier boxes and Kirsty came out to help me fit them to the bike. Stupidly I had put my bike on the side stand on a slight slope... so as I fitted the righthand side box (which was full) it pulled the bike upright off the stand and then the slope carried the bike forward! Luckily Kirsty shouted that the bike was moving and I managed to grab a hold of it by the topbox to stop it falling while Kirsty straightened up the the handlebars before I shimmied round and put it back on the stand.... then the same thing happened again! So I put the bike on flat surface and let me heart stop racing.

And to top it off... today (Wednesday) my iPhone died for no reason and wouldn't turn on so I couldn't ring around garages getting a quote for my clutch work (1st world problems I know but its still been a very frustrating week).

So back to what happened before the weekend. I spend most of the week organizing the stickers for my bike while Kirsty order some Arctic Ride baking supplies (you'll have to wait for the Bikewise blog to see those though). I ordered the stickers towards the start of last week to allow them to arrive on time and they finally arrived on Saturday.


As I write this blog my cat Cleo decided to jump on my shoulders as she wants come food. Haha! Arctic Cat.


Thats all for this week. Big thanks to Sandra who donated to the total this week!

What out for my blogs later in the week on Bikewise and Cerebra bear!

Ride safe.

Gordon

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

NEMCRC

Greetings!

Welcome to another edition of the Arctic Ride 2014 blog. For those of you who are new to the blog basically in May and June of 2014 I will be riding my motorbike 6,000 in 3 weeks to the Arctic Circle and Nordkapp from my hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne all to raise money for brain-injury charity Cerebra.

I've had another very busy week (I know I need a holiday right?) and not only has it been busy but rather successful. On Thursday evening I set off from my house around 8pm on what was a warm summer's eve with my destination the North East MotorCycle Racing Club (NEMCRC). I was kindly invited by Bruce Allinson to present to the club about my adventure.

Parked up ready to chat to the NEMCRC committee
After chatting with the guys and gals of the committee for an hour or so the club kindly offered me a place on their stand at the BikeWise show in Durham on Sunday 28th July to help promote my trip and get my my story out to the wider biking community. not only that but the club also agreed to become a sponsor of my trip and you can see their lovely logo on the right hand side of my blog as well as on the panniers of my bike. Please check out their website and twitter to see what they are all about

www.nemcrc.co.uk

Next I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has viewed my video and suggested names for 'Cerebra Bear'. As there have been so many good suggestions I am going to run a vote as I can't decide. So watch out for that vote and check out the vid if you haven't already.

On Sunday of this week I went to visit a bike show not far from my house at North Shields Fish Quay. I managed to miss most of it not only because I got the times wrong but I managed to miss the entrance (there will be a vlog to follow this) but I get this video just as all the other bikes were leaving.



If you haven't seen already I have a new section  of my website (does not apply for mobile users) which is my 'This week's featured video' - This week's is my latest Vlog where I ride the Northumberland coastal route with my mate Ant. -------------------------------->

That's all for this week... Ride safe.

Gordon

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

A week of sun and fun :)

Hi all,

Welcome again to my blog. If you are a new (or new'ish) visitor, be sure to check out the other parts of my site including 'What is Arctic Ride 2014', 'The Route', and 'Merchandise' along the top banner.

Things in the Arctic Ride space are starting to come together and I've been getting busier and busier having meeting and putting a lot of time and effort into making this trip as success and this week has been no different.

On Tuesday afternoon I had the pleasure of finishing work early (no, my employers weren't being kind but I started early to finish early) and it was a pleasure not only because it was 24 degrees and perfect biking weather but I was off to visit Jon and Phil at MPH Studios in Gateshead. I linked up with MPH Studios on Twitter and they very kindly invited me in to their office for a chat about how they can help with my trip as they were really interested in what I am doing. As hopefully you know by now I am videoing my entire trip to the Arctic Circle with the aim of producing it into a full film to help raise further funds for brain injury charity Cerebra. My meeting with MPH Studios was around how they could assist in this aspect of my trip. We are still in discussion at the moment but watch this space for more information soon.

In other news this week I put out a request for help to all my readers and follows. Please check out my blog post on this for more information by clicking on THIS LINK. <---------------- :D

On Saturday, I treated the wife by taking her to the Triumph open day in Newcastle (yes I am that kind). ha ha I met my buddy, Andrew from REALRIDER :) and had a good chat about how he is getting on and what he is going to be up to in the next few months. If you are attending any bike shows and he or is team is there, go and chat to him, he's really canny and they have a great app to help all bikers, especially when travelling alone. You can also follow them on twitter @realrider2011 :)



 It was nice to see lots of bikers turn out and look at their bikes :)






It doesn't look like there was many there from my photos but trust me, they were just hiding when I took that photo!

I also had a good look around the showroom and taught Kirsty all about Triumphs and why they look so cool. :)



It would definitely be nice to have a Rocket 3 in the garage one day, very spangly!

Sunday (Today, if you are reading it today) saw another hot day up in Newcastle and a trip out with my little bro, Robbie, mum, the wife Kirsty and my cousin Caitlin. We went to the Tynemouth Fire station Open Day. They do it every year and its great fun. All the emergency services are there and you can see demonstrations and play in all the vehicles. :) Robbie loves going because a lot of our family are in the emergency services, with particular mention to my gramps who was chief of Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade and  a real hero of mine. :)

I know that a lot of people have enjoyed the videos of Robbie so here's one of him today, looking cool :)



We also watched a few demos, one of what happens when u put water on a chip pan..




and also a demo of the Fire Brigade rescuing a volunteer out of a car using the jaws of life (if any of you watch Fireman Sam, you will know what those look like!)



So as well as the fire engines, like I said there was also a police van. Robbie and I got in the back to see what it would be like if we got arrested! Luckily the police officers let us go! phew!!





This is a pic of Robbie and I with  Dennis Fire Engine :)

Then Kirsty decided to try her hand at being a Fire Lady and model her pink helmet courtesy of the Fire Service Charity :)

Was a great week this week in the world of Arctic Ride and have been taking full advantage of the sun this weekend! Hope you enjoyed all the pics too for this blog! Don't forget to link on the link and help me out with my request.. ;)

Until next blog.. Ride Safe

Gordon

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Friday, 12 July 2013

I need your assistance

Hi All,

I hope you are well and enjoying the nice weather.

So, once again I'm deviating from my Sunday blog to bring you a very special video message... Please watch this video as I really need your assistance to make something awesome happen and please comment on the video if you can.


That's it for this blog. Look out for my next blog on Sunday.

Please keep spreading the word about my trip.

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Ride Safe,

Gordon

Monday, 8 July 2013

Introducing... Mrs Arctic Ride

Dear all,

Thanks for tuning in! I'm very happy to announce that summer has truly arrived to the North East of the England. The weather has been perfect for riding, dry, warm (but not too warm) and, best of all, the roads are full of bikers.

I don't live in Seghill but my iPhone thinks that I do

This week has been another busy week. I'm still super busy at work and I've been busy planning Arctic Ride stuff as well as doing usual life things! In fact, on Tuesday I was so busy I had to fit my Arctic Ride stuff in between finishing work and visiting the physio about my hip. The only solution was to hook up my hands free kit (a sat nav holder and a pair of headphone) and do the call from my car on the drive from my work to the hospital.

My call was with Stuart from Nomad Biker. Nomad Biker provide adventure motorcycle travel, survival, and hostile environment training for bikers and travellers and have kindly offered to put me through a course to get me ready for my trip. Now I understand that I'm not riding my bike through the Middle East, Somalia, South America or North Korea, but Norway and the Arctic Circle have their own challenges and its the the sensible thing to do to get some training and knowledge from the experts. During the call with Nomad Biker, we decided it would be a good idea to have the course focus on the kind of things I will be doing rather than some of the usual course content of being kidnapped or bribing coppers (I'm guessing thats what Hotsile training means). My course will focus on wild camping (as I plan to do a lot of this in Northern Norway), solo first aid (in case I fall off the bike or set my hat on fire while cooking) and how to use the motorbike as a survival tool (yeah I hadn't thought of that either). I've also asked for wild animals to be on the agenda as I want to prepared for any wolves, moose or any other of natures delights that might be trying to share my food with me while I'm wild camping..GORDON DOESN'T SHARE FOOD.

The plan is to imitate the conditions I will have in Norway so the course will involve me getting packing up the bike and riding up to Scotland and doing some wild camping of my own. To keep all the knowledge I will gain fresh in my mind, the course will take place next Spring just weeks before I depart for Nordkapp :) Fro more information about Nomad Biker and the services they provide visit their website www.nomad-biker.com  you never know, it might just save you life!

The other big news of the week is that I finally got my wife Kirsty to jump on the back of my Suzuki. I've had the bike since March but as I hadn't fitted my top she refused to get on the back for a ride. As the weather has been so good, and the top box is now fitted, Kirsty rode pillion for the first time this year and recorded a Vlog ot treat you all. Check it out below.




To round of this week I wanted to let you all know that my ride last week with Ant to Bamburgh Castle won REALRIDER® ride of the week. REALRIDER®  is an web and mobile network for bikers where you can record and share routes amoungst other things. Check it out!

So thats all for this week folks. Thanks for tuning in and viewing my blog. Please keep spreading the word about my trip.

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Ride Safe,

Gordon