I woke up at about 1am, and after trying to get back to sleep, gave up and got up about 2. I had a bit of a sore throat, and this would esculate to heavily blocked sinuses and a very muzzy head as the day progressed; it would seem I was having an allergic reaction to the desert – all the dry air and the dust from the storms. We had arranged to meet with Ron at 5am for some testing. I set out to ride over to his place just after 4:00 – I’d brought my lights with this in mind! At that time of day the temperature was still warm, but nice rather than hot. It felt good to ride after the plane flight and then not riding yesterday. We loaded the bike up and then drove round the corner to a new housing development that gave us a traffic free circuit to use. I did a few laps with the top off to get a little used to the bike, then we put the lid on to practice starting. The rules state that the vehicle can only be assisted for the first 15 metres, so we marked this out. Dave had fitted the bike with fairly low gears to help with starting, and we did three or four successful starts, all within the allowed distance. Then we headed back to Ron and Lori’s – 6:45am and my work was done for the day! There had been a slight rubbing from the rear wheel during testing, so I left Dave and Becky to look at that whilst I took a shower and a nap. Nice not to have to worry about caring for the bike as well as the engine! I was feeling really quite lousy by late morning, so when we got back to the hotel I basically spent most of the rest of the day in bed.
Wednesday 28th June