A synopsis of how we spent our time in Sharjah…
Our amazing apartment, thanks to Anastasia and courtesy of her managers, as it looked when we arrived!!!
Our living room in Sharjah
Our dining area in Sharjah
View from our lounge in Sharjah
Such flower arrangements were dotted around the apartment
Our cleaner Khin kept leaving us such amazing towel sculptures – love how she made the bear’s little eyes!
We were upgraded to ‘room’ 1621 – lounge/dining at the front, bedroom at the back, plus kitchen, bathroom and powder room
Such luxury doesn’t change us though …
Having our standard tin of tuna and dry bread for lunch in our luxurious appartment
After we ‘moved in’
Sorting what we’re sending home from Dubai
One of our priorities was to get the bikes serviced and cleaned then crated for India. But first, we had to collect the new tyres and collect our new Sena S20 bluetooth system.
Anne’s back tyre after 13000kms. The puncture plug held well for 6380 kms but time for a new tyre nevertheless as we expect to do another 8000 kms before the next service.
After picking up our new Sena S20 and new Heidenau K60 tyres, Touratech Dubai wanted a photo of us
We couldn’t have wished to meet a more helpful BMW service manager than Noel. He was fantastic. No wonder he is popular with all his customers – one of whom invited us to meet some of his friends at the Bikers’ Cafe in Jumeira, Dubai.
Noel, front right, our wonderful BMW service manager, with a few other BMW riders we met
We rode around Sharjah and Dubai a few times
Riding around the edge of Dubai to get to Touratech
There is still quite a lot of construction going on in Dubai:
Heading back across Dubai from Jumeira
Riding back to Sharjah from Dubai before the afternoon traffic jams
Streak and Storm got a proper service at BMW
Storm is lifted up for visual inspection at BMW prior to some maintenance work
Streak is having a valve clearance check – it felt to me like it was having open heart surgery
BMW Dubai sell 10-12 Rolls Royces a month! I’d never seen so many together before.
We washed our jackets in the bath twice:
Anne’s lovely cream jacket after 3 months on the road
After 2 washes
Hotel staff couldn’t do enough – Mustafa took us out to dinner to a fantastic Moroccan restaurant one evening with his daughter Aya
Mostafa from our hotel very kindly took us out to dinner with his daughter Aya
Time to leave our fantastic hotel:
Ahmed in the centre and some of his staff
About to leave our hotel, clean and refreshed
Having left our bikes and panniers for crating, here is what we are left with:
Our luggage for the next 7-10 days, includes 2 pillows, 2 sets of toiletries, 2 changes of clothes, all our medication for the next 3 months and all our essential paperwork
Today was bike crating day:
Storm is all packed up
Streak is ready for shipping too
Streak and Storm get picked up tomorrow morning and will fly to Delhi with Emirates’ Skycargo
Look what we saw today while we were crating the bikes…
I was allowed to sit in this Bijan Edition Phantom Rolls Royce!!
We leave tomorrow night, arrive Wednesday while the bikes leave 2 days later and should arrive on the 3rd October. Our next post will be from Delhi sometime…
Oh I wish I was as to join you in India for a ride across the country. Jamie would just love it
And how we so wish you and Jamie could have joined us too. South America next year?
Looking forward to our next Skype call
Do you miss streak and storm? It must be like losing an arm!
It did feel very odd. They arrive in 2 days’ time.
SO organised!! Travel safely and hope you have many more happy hours riding.
We can’t wait to explore India on Streak and Storm!
The simple things in life… tuna and dry bread whilst in the midst of grandeur… love it! Looks like you got through that huge “To Do” list and met some lovely people along the way. Travel safe and look forward to the instalment from Delhi xx
Did the whole list plus some except the dentist so Anthony has to be careful. Xx
Have been thinking of you LOTS and especially as you said goodbye to your babies Streak and Storm – it must have felt so strange : 0 Bonne chance on your next leg xxx
J’adore la voiture jaune, trop drole!!
Tu as raison, et en plus nous sommes partis avant nos bébés :-(. La voiture jayme, c’était pour toi bien sûr!!! Xxx
You will have a fantastic time in Dehli I know a bunch of folks in the city let me know how I can help. The folks in Dubai sounded great.
Thanks John, will do. It is a week of festival here so will be interesting.
Yet another fab experience and yet more friends made. What an example you are to the whole world. Keep safe. And mind the cows on the road. xx
You’re right, whatever happens, we must not hit the cows !! Xxx
We do so enjoy your accounts of your travels, even if we don’t reply very often! Enjoy the next leg of your fascinating journey.
Thank you both. India will be a totally different experience again!! Xx
…strewth! Before you could say “Percy Grainger” I suppose there was a fellah in a long dress and headscarf tripping across the 117 sq metres of marble and wanting you to be Caliph? Was that when you woke up, Diggers?
Woke up ok… with the bite of a cockroach last night!! Ha! Welcome to India….