Our RTW is complete!!!

After we dropped the bikes off at Air Canada cargo and being separated from Streak and Storm, we feel like we have lost control of our destiny, in limbo. We have not quite finished the trip, yet this is another milestone – we can’t even work out how we feel. It is a strange time.

We get back to the UK on the 12th September after an overnight flight from Montreal, via Halifax. Clearing the bikes from Air Canada at Heathrow is quick and painless (except for an additional unexpected charge – from customs or Air Canada, not sure as each one claimed it was for the other…). It was still a very good deal overall, so no complaint, especially considering it was all done in 15′ and after a sleepless flight, we appreciate being reunited with Streak and Storm so quickly. We are lucky with the weather, clear blue skies, and we are able to repack in no time, even earning a congratulation from a truck driver who has been watching us from his cab. This friendly guy even offered me the use of his cab to change from as he saw I was about to take my jeans off. That is the least of my concerns, decline and I am back in my riding pants in no time.

Our first port of call is BMW Oxford, where we bought our demo bikes from. We thought they’d like to see the bikes after their round the world tour as the had commented when we left that it was nice to see that their bikes were going to be used for what they had been designed. We also wanted them to complete the bikes’ 36,000 miles service (we had already done the oil change and cleaned the re-usable K&N air filters).

A few hours later, we head for our hotel half way to Anthony’s sister Tansy in Dorset. We are exhausted, thought we would not be much company after an overnight flight, we didn’t want to ride too far and needed a long sleep before seeing family again.

I sleep for 11 hours and wake up refreshed – not so lucky for Anthony with his itchy skin. It looks like our last leg will be done in the rain. We rug up as it is cool too.

One last leg and the trip is complete

One last leg and the trip is complete

I recall how I had thought how long and boring the motorway journey to Dover nearly 15 months ago had felt – and it was our first day only – how will I cope with riding all around the world?!?! It seemed like such a massive task ahead of us. And we felt so green and inexperienced: we hadn’t even finished the beginner’s off road course and our motorcycle maintenance experience was next to nothing! Now, on our last day, the trip seems like it happened so fast and easily and it is just about over. Although it is raining, I am savouring these last couple of hours.

Welcome back to the UK!

Welcome back to the UK!


Approaching Verwood, Dorset where we started from

Approaching Verwood, Dorset where we started from


We approach Tansy’s home, the sun is out, the butterflies have reappeared, we see Tansy on the doorstep looking out for us, spotting us in the distance and waiving. What a sight. What a feeling. One last turn right, onto the gravel driveway, stop, the poppers and streamers go off, engines off. Wow. We have made it!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, the 2 Slow Speeds have just gone around the world on motorcycles and made it back with Streak and Storm, the 4 of us relatively unscathed. Our grateful thanks to our trusted companions, Streak and Storm, and our many guardian angels who can take a well deserved rest now.

We have made it!!

We have made it!!

Storm and Streak have made it back!!

Storm and Streak have made it back!!


What a great welcome back

What a great welcome back

Awwww

Awwww



I saw a little saying yesterday “what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”. It made me wonder what I would do. I am so glad the YouTube videos of roads in Russia, Kazakhstan, India and Myanmar didn’t put me off – they terrified me, the videos that is and I dreaded riding in those places. But the experience was different, they made me feel alive. The people we met, the numerous generous actions of strangers, the friends we made – worth absolutely everything. And the whole trip was so easy really. We were never threatened, never robbed and never felt unsafe. I am so glad my fears didn’t end building barriers to a most amazing experience.

We finish our trip being so much richer than when we left, with our brains full of memories, hearts bursting with the kindness of people the world over and looking forward to seeing family again. We will be coming out of our retirement when we return, having spent a lot more than planned because we didn’t camp as much as originally planned and stayed in better hotels. But one thing is certain, we have absolutely no regrets.

What next is a big question mark. The result of Anthony’s skin biopsy this week (and 4 stitches) will determine what we do in the short term. But we have changed our plans for the next few months, and forfeited travel bookings in Europe to return to Australia next month. It will be easier for Anthony to be in one place over the next few months at least while his treatment is fine tuned. Sadly, it does mean that we will not be able to catch with many friends and family members in Europe as we had planned to. But the last couple of months have been quite horrid for Anthony (without counting his crushed ankle) and he has been incredibly brave to continue as he has. It is more than time to concentrate wholly on his health now.

We are grateful to you too, our followers, for your support during our trip – if we hadn’t written the blog, for you initially, if you hadn’t let us know you were following us, commented and encouraged us for more posts, it would have been easy, tempting even, to stop writing and we would have had no way of remembering all we have seen and done and the names of the wonderful people we have met along the way. After some months, we ended up writing the blog for ourselves too. So, so long, and thanks for all the memories…..

Anne for the 2SlowSpeeds

26 comments on “Our RTW is complete!!!

  1. BRAVO!!! wow! amazing what you two have achieved, enjoy your downtime now, taking stock of all your memories before forging ahead with a new life experience sometime in the future, when the time is right. So proud of you two!! Lil Sis xxx

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  2. Just such a fabulous experience . As I said I have so enjoyed every minute of your blogs, photos and videos . All the time and effort you put into having a most professional blog has been well worth the effort.A treat to have had you to stay , love,love,loved it . May the rest of your jourey be as enriching as the past 15 months . Lots and lots of love to you both.
    P.S. Hope all goes well with you Anthony ! Until we meet again . Take care xx

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  3. What an amaze balls couple you are! Congratulations on achieving your goal, so very proud of you both. Thank you for your commitment to sharing through this blog including your vulnerability. I am all the more richer for your RTW trip. You’ve made me laugh, cry, get excited and dream big. Love you both and wish you only life’s best. So looking forward to giving you a big hug xx

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    • Thank you so much Bev for your very kind words and all your support. So glad you enjoyed the ride with us!! Looking forward to seeing you again when we get home. Take care and enjoy your trip! Xxx

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  4. Party poppers, flags, balloons : what lovely welcome back! Now that you are safely here, I can see the videos I have been a bit too scared to watch while you were still on the road. Job No 1 now is to get Anthony back to his young old self. Look forward to hearing good news on that score. Meanwhile, forget rugby; I think the World Cup goes to you both. xx

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    • Aww thank you M’my. Hope you enjoy the videos now!! Yes it was an amazing welcome back. Thank you for all your support even though the thought of us on the road terrified you. It was so great to see you and hug you this week!! Lolah. Xxx

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  5. You have achieved something most people only dream about, congratulations. Your blog followers need to thank you, we were able to sit beside the two slow speeds as they took on the world in their own georgious/generous/gentle way, so big thanks. See you soon, here is hoping Anthony pulls through his skin complaint.

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  6. It has been a pleasure to follow you on your adventure, and to watch how determination and enthusiasm will overcome some pretty challenging situations!
    We look forward to catching up in Oz somewhere! Hoping Anthony is back in fine fettle soon. Love from Wiz and Jane.

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  7. I am so pleased for you both. Proud I know you. Not many people have the courage to “live the dream” when it is as challenging as a RTW trip on 2 motorbikes (well, 1.75 motorbikes really).
    My wishes for Anthony to regain his peak health, and for you both to savor the next few months before you start to say to each other “What next?”

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    • Thank you Micheal, so kind. Yes, poor Streak didn’t run to its full potential for quite a while!! Thank you for making our extended stay in Chiang Mai so enjoyable – we will be back!! All the best.

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  8. Congratulations on such an amazing achievement. Thank you for the fantastic blog and stunning photographs/ videos. Looking forward to hearing that Anthony is better and that you both have settled in at home! Love from all the Ewart family xx

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  9. Amazing, amazing journey! Your photos and narrative were superb, making us feel like we were with you. Thanks for stopping over in Fort Worth. It has hardly rained since you left!

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