The clocks ticking and we've been in Dallas for two weeks now, relaxing a little more than we intended. We are both really happy with our bikes; Janell's 2006 F650GS and Stu's 2012 G650GS. They are kitted out with Touratech seats, panniers and extended range fuel tanks. In addition we have fitted a 240V inverter on Janells bike with the primary purpose of inflating a queen size mattress when we're camping. This is definitely the most expensive part of our trip but its important to get the right product for the purpose as well as quality products that will be resilient and durable for two years of adventure riding. The Texas hospitality and generosity has been out of this world! A number of local riders have taken time out of their days/nights to share their riding experiences, pass on helpful hints and gear and show us some great places to eat and drink in Dallas. We've been fortunate to join part of a ride with around 15 local guys heading North of Dallas. We only went part of the way as we very quickly realised we weren't prepared for the cold windy weather of Texas. A coffee break was welcomed to warm us up then the three of us headed home with a list of recommended clothing essentials for the cold climates and high altitude riding we will encounter on our trip. Interest in our trip, in particular Skyla, has pleasantly overwhelmed the three of us. Last Tuesday we were invited to attend the monthly Dallas Fortworth BMW riders group and give a quick introduction to our trip. Once the formalities of the evening ceased we were able to have a good chat to some members about trips they had done and are planning for the near future. In addition to the ride and meeting, other highlights so far include attending our very first ice hockey match (Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames), listening to Texas music, tasting locally brewed beer and eating at some top star restaurants. To cap it all off, we've been staying at the Residence Inn in Richardson which is a fantastic pet friendly hotel with very happy and helpful staff. There have been a few minor dramas so far but nothing compared to what probably lies ahead of us. On our way through the flight security in Sydney, Stu accidentally left his Leatherman in our hand luggage so it was confiscated, keep an eye out for it on ebay or gumtree! On two separate occasions, Stu also forgot to remove the keys from the ignition, consequently running the battery flat. Luckily the bike was where he left it both times but guarantee it won't be the last time that happens. This is sounding like a 'Stu bagging' so better throw in Janells root canal which was a very unpleasant surprise following some minor toothache upon arrival in Dallas. Skyla's only hiccup has been adjusting to a different brand of dog food...lets just say that the windows in the hotel room don't open wide enough. It just goes to show that you can't plan for everything! To all our new friends in Dallas we would like to say a special thanks for welcoming us and helping us get up and running. Also a special thanks to the team at European Cycle Sports in Plano for their assistance acquiring and kitting up the bikes, our riding gear and familiarising us with the intricacies of each bike. Here are some photos...
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