Monday, 14 January 2019

The journey begins

So sitting in a hotel before work I look at this blank page trying to start my first ever blog entry. First off this isn't my blog it's also for the two other brave souls, braver than me as they will have to put up with me during this journey to Prague. Thanks in advance for your patience and not leaving me at the side of the road in September go to Karen and John; work colleagues and friends.

As I say this is my first attempt, not sure about the other two's experiences in blogging so please be gentle.

How did it start?

Well, in the beginning, it began with a conversation with someone who was about to embark on this rally a couple of years ago and thinking "sounds good, should give it a go". Then like many good ideas they get put onto the back burner to simmer, sometimes to just sit and boil themselves dry.

Maybe it was a midlife crisis moment - at 53 I am due one. Actually midlife crisis could be good, you often hear "oh he's found a younger girlfriend" or " the sports car is his midlife crisis present to himself". Well if it is a midlife crisis I seem to have got none of those and my car will turn out to be a banger worth less than 500 pounds - not exactly a Maserati, but those who know me will think that's a good thing as I'm not known for looking after cars.

Anyway, a couple of e-mails throughout the office later and we are a team of 3 and heading for the adventure in support of Ward 5 at the Birmingham Women's Hospital. This Ward is where my wife works and looks after premature babies.

So what will this blog be? - who knows? It is intended to be a journal of the misadventures and journey from the germ of an idea to the return home to fanfares and cheering crowds... or maybe just my tea in the oven.

So come September 7th we shall be in St Omer, France and starting out on our epic voyage of discovery to Prague on the Motoscape "Road Trip to Prague" https://www.motoscape-rally.co.uk/ A journey that will take 7 days and cross 12 countries.

Before I forget should anyone peep in here, here is a link to the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ward5bangerrally

Karl




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