We’re not really the romantic-dinner-and-cheesy-card types (although I would never say no to chocolate!) so instead we went to the MCN Motorcycle Show at the Excel Centre in London. But since it was Valentines, we had a bottle of Prosecco for breakfast. Yup that’s right, straight from the bottle, classy as we are 🙂
First we went to see Lois Pryce. She gave an inspiring little talk about her recent trip to Iran at the Adventure & Travel Show across the hallway from the bike show. I cannot wait to read the book! And in April she’s going out there again… awesome! After her talk we went to bug her with lots of questions in the cafe next door. Was really nice to finally meet my hero! Whats not to like? She’s bubbly, cruises around the planet all by herself on a motorcycle and writes real funny books about it, played in a band called The Jolenes and lives on a canal boat 🙂
Then we thought we’d finally leave Lois alone and go have a look at some motorbikes. Coming Through! Here a sample of the wired and wonderful machines we found:
Then it was time to try and find a few things we wanted to buy
Well, actually more like visors for our helmets, dust covers for Pippa’s forks, small ratchet straps and a hat for Aidan. The mission was pretty unsuccessful and we just found lots of random stuff instread.
Visors were too expensive, so we’ll just keep our old scratchy ones for now. I really, really wanted a new pretty helmet! (They are lots cheaper at the show, but still an extra £250 thats not really necessary….. Aidan refused to let me have it 😦 ) He did buy me a really pretty – and also unnecessary top as a little Valentines prezzy though 🙂
And we said hi to Graham and Sam of course.
Sam, always the business man, promoting his books and the HUBB UK Meeting, was soon chatting away to some customers, so we didn’t have a chance to ask whether he wanted a beer too, when we went to fetch a pint for Graham and ourselves. (We found out later Sam is more of a coffee man anyways.) Graham had some really useful info re the Stans for us, since he had just been there too (can’t wait for that book – Ureka – either!). The guy must have been thirsty, cos his was gone in no time! We left with lots of “Good Luck!” and “Have a great trip!”
One last trip to “the loo with a view” and then it was off home.
From up there we saw Graham scurrying off from his book signing stand. I have a sneaking suspicion it was to fetch another pint 🙂 What an awesome day!