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The 2nd day - preparing Jess's MP3 and getting acclimatised.

Jess who lent me his MP3 500 (Fuoco), had installed the highway peg brackets I'd arranged to be sent to him but not the pegs themselves, so Patrick and I fitted them. I raised the windscreen to my preferred height, and adjusted the mirrors for maximum vision. Then attached the GPS - the power line had to be gaffer-taped to the side, but hey, it works. I bet it'll need Goo-Gone at the end of the trip though.

Patrick and I walked down to their little village, and had crepes for lunch - lovely. After that lots of techie talk about engine mods, then I set off for my cousin Pauline's - a whole 2 miles away! And a lovely house it is, with just the right amount of interesting clutter. Lots of family chat, and a pizza arrived soon after. Beer was attacked, and I'd been up to the shops to get some whisky in - J&B seemed the best available, not too shabby. Then I got around to making plans for my next two days before setting off for Kristin's - not much SF exploring as there'd be too many tourists, but I intended to get out on the open road anyway.

Kristin was now in Portland being plied with booze by her girlfriends at a beer festival, and computer-free, so no emails in the meantime.

Pics of the bike I'd be riding, complete with DSSC sticker!:

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