Posted by: Charley Boorman | Date posted: 28/05/2007
Are we there yet? ©
As the team heads towards Africa, Charley looks back on the European leg.
'Getting up to Scotland was such a whirlwind, what with my wife's lung collapsing and going through all those emotions was quite stressful. That was terrible for her, two days before leaving. And then getting to the airport and getting thrown off the plane wasn't the greatest of starts.
'But it was wonderful to get up to Scotland and staying in Castle May was fantastic, to have this whole thing of being able to ride right through Scotland from the very top all the way down, and that was an absolutely fantastic way to start especially after all the disasters and the turmoil that had happened beforehand - finally getting underway after months and months. We ended up going down through some beautiful places, Loch Ness and down to Ewan's parents' place which was wonderful, and then carrying on down.
'Getting off the tunnel and into France was fantastic because you feel like you have left your island and you're pretty much on your adventure. The first day was pretty good. We ended up not camping but ended up in a hotel, which was OK. We just tried to push on towards Dijon as much as we possibly could, but when we got up the next day, boy was it raining, it was pouring. So I was a bit concerned about our new jackets but they turned out OK - it was the biggest initiation as it rained from the beginning of the morning until just past the Mont Blanc Tunnel, and it was just a nightmare.
'We went to the MotoGuzzi factory, and the sun was out again, and it was nice after the misery of the rain the day before. And the highlight was going around their little race track in a little eight-cylinder TT winner and you really felt the nostalgia of it - Ewan was in seventh heaven as that's where he’d really wanted to be.'