I decided that I must make more effort to build up some experience if I am to make this big trip without too much stress or injury, and so today I took a little spin out into town - I'm proactively trying to get more exposure to busy roundabouts and complicated junctions - I don't like them, but I cant avoid them so I might as well get used to them.
I noticed I was getting a little low on 2-stroke oil so it seemed like a good excuse to pop into Gransport. Dan was as welcoming as ever and didn't even smirk when I told him of Scotty and my plans for Italy (I am very conscious of perhaps appearing the naive nu-boy)
We got round to talking about spares needed for such an epic journey and before I knew it, dan was piling the shop counter with essential parts.
Do I really need 3 replacement gear/throttle cables? AND 2 replacement brake/clutch cables?
Dan painted a scenario for me where I was stranded on the side of an Autostrade with all cables snapped (??!!) .... He was right, I would need all those cables (??!!)
And 2 spark plugs, a handful of cable nipples and 8 replacement bulbs!!!
I wasn't going to doubt Dans experience and hard-learnt wisdom but I was surprised at just how accepted it is that all these bits are likely to be needed. In the end I didn't think that 30 quid was too bad for a complete backup kit
So, I've got MY spares. I hope Scott is bringing more than just a spare pair of sunglasses with him