Ready to head to India

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 living room in Sharjah

Our dining area in Sharjah

Our dining area in Sharjah

 

View from our lounge in Sharjah

View from our lounge in Sharjah

 

Such flower arrangements were dotted around the apartment

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!

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

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

Having our standard tin of tuna and dry bread for lunch in our luxurious appartment

After we 'moved in'

After we ‘moved in’

Sorting what we're sending home from Dubai

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.

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

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

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

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

Heading back across Dubai from Jumeira

Riding back to Sharjah from Dubai before the afternoon traffic jams

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

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

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.

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

Anne’s lovely cream jacket after 3 months on the road

After 2 washes

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

Mostafa from our hotel very kindly took us out to dinner with his daughter Aya

Time to leave our fantastic hotel:

Lovely Anastasia

Lovely Anastasia

Ahmed in the centre and some of his staff

Ahmed in the centre and some of his staff

About to leave our hotel, clean and refreshed

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

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

Storm is all packed up

Streak is ready for shipping too

Streak is ready for shipping too

Streak and Storm get picked up tomorrow morning and will fly to Delhi with Emirates' Skycargo

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…

Yellow car!!!!!

Yellow car!!!!!

I was allowed to sit in this Bijan Edition Phantom Rolls Royce!!

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…

21 comments on “Ready to head to India

  1. 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

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  2. 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!!

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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

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  5. 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.

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  6. …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?

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