So how can so many life changing things happen in just 1 year?
January - World acclaimed graffiti artist Bethany Smith from Australia inspired by my story went on to create a special wall piece for Triumph Jack Lilley.
And, oh yes, on the first day back at work, I handed in my notice with no job to go to & just enough money to keep me going for a few months!
March - And then a table reserved for me up at The Ace Adventure Day!And I was starting to write my second book 'Southern Escapades' of the journey last October through the Deep South on another Bonneville!
April - A chance meeting with Alan, intrepid engineer who ended up working on my bike transforming it to a cafe racer and doing all my mechanics over the summer. Thank you!
Little photoshoot with Jack Lilley Triumph - 2 girls swapping their bikes Bonneville & Explorer & seeing how they compare.
So this is how the Bonnie originally looked like
Triumph kindly invited me to appear on their main stand at the MCN Festival of Motorcycling in Peterborough. Great fun with just a few of the people jumping on the bikes!
Finished May with the Kempton Park Southern Classic Bike Show. Thanks Eric!
And oh yes, the Classic & Road Bike Show in Bracknell.
And this just the start!
June - Mark from the Ace Cafe kindly invited me to the Triumph Day where eggs and bacon were sloshed down with lots of tea!
Then there was the Glory Years TOMCC in Medway, Chopstock High Wycombe, a visit to the Hedon Helmets workshop where I was kindly given a couple to use for the trips!, the Overland Show Great Missenden (where I met the legend Ted Simon, signing books next to each other!) & the Hanworth Classic in Bushy Park - phew! I was starting to know how to sign books & natter away😜
July - snowballing is maybe not the correct term in mid summer but this was what was happening with attending more and more shows. Camping was starting to have to show up on the radar with my first exploit at the Independence Rally Alford, nr Guildford where these cool cafe racers just turned up!
Then a little posher at 'Simply Bikes' Beaulieu where I somehow got myself and the bike into the museum!
And the articles started appearing throughout the summer including page spreads in Adventure Biker, MSL Magazine, SE Biker & Nacelle Triumph owners mag ...
But in addition to the signings I was concocting a massive trip with Adventure Peru for 2016 for a small group to travel with me on the roads less travelled next September. Just ask me for the full itinerary & costs - firstname.lastname@example.org
And hey on the way back eating sarnies on my bike in a motorway stop off look who came to snap a pic of me - yes Will Young;)!
Riding down from Bexley Triumph Owners meet, the weather turned and the day at the Bexley Moto Fest was an unfortunate washout. Next to the sea the tent was almost blown away!
August - a wonderful month starting up in Llangollen for the fab Llanbikefest. Incredible scenary and the ride back over the Welsh mountains under blue sunny skies on a Monday morning I'll never forget. Got to be the best work commute!
Unfortunately I had to leave the Bulldog early to race over to Stilton for the Stilton Bike Show but not disappointed- the music was right next to me!
Then back on the road and to the circus, no sorry, the Ramsgate Sprint Revival where great classic bikes were going down along the sea!
Another tea at The Ace with Dave who's organising the Peru trip next year.
September - Classic Hill Climbs were a feature this month firstly with the Shere Hill Climb in Surrey and then the historic Shelsley Walsh Bike Festival on the Herefordshire borders!
Thank you to Rev'it Netherlands, who I met earlier in the year at Bike Shed Paris who designed and produced a special jacket for me with my wings of freedom and heart of passion logo 'on the roads less travelled'
The sun was still shining at the Pistons & Props weekend show (yes more camping!) in Northampton.
October - There's always a first time and this was going to Ipswich. And the summer felt like it was still here! Great, fab show The Copdock and all for charity, even staff volunteer! Really impressive. Thanks for the invite to come back in 2016 - I definately will!
And who wouldn't say no to a bit of sea air and experience Brightona with the guys from Peru Adventures. Our pitch must have had the best view of the pier!
Then it was back to lovely Kempton Racecourse for the Jumble Sales and the very next day to the South of England Classic in Ardingley where I was honoured to be signing next to the racing legend, Jim Redman MBE, six time Grand Pric world champion road racer.
December - what a year! And to round it off what could be better to celebrate it in London with style at KickBack Chelsea (www.thecustomshow) where I officially launched my new book 'Southern Escapades'
Just a few months previously I'd been asked by Lorne of the famous & highly acclaimed Custom Shows to help launch KickBack Chelsea and the interest was phenomenal. Sold out within 6 weeks! A special lifestyle section was also created and a unique art show where I curated some of the best artists around including these 2 beauties below by Brett Breckon 'Cafe Racer Night Ride' and 'Little Queenie'. And next year? Well the show has got bigger and moves to Olympia in London!
'Southern Escapades' published in the USA by Road Dog Publications can be obtained also directly through me.
What a year - it has to be one of the best ever. That decision to leave the 9 to 5 job was without a doubt one of the best!
It's been a true honour to meet so many wonderful, like minded people out on the road this year.
And what is next? Well I don't know exactly but I'm simply just going to work hard on what makes me happy. Freedom of the road book signing (a great number of shows already lined up - more to follow!), more writing & maybe some interesting travels next year! So I'd betta sell a lotta books 😉!
Happy New Year to you all and may all your dreams however small or big come true including health, happiness and inner peace.