Since I had participated twice before, I was unsure if I would ride again this year. When it was announced that this was to be the final running, well, that was all the excuse I needed. The legendary french bureaucracy had finally crushed it. That tower of paper explains it. It's the paperwork for the permissions etc. Well now that that's out of the way, let's get on with the show, shall we? This being my third round the guilt factor started to creep into the equation. I had saved all the navigation and mods for the rally from last year so, preparation time wasn't a factor this year. Why not try and save a little of the elusive spinach and ship by ocean? Elizabeth, New Jersey Shipping warehouse. <IMG SRC="/images/spacer.gif" HEIGHT="1" WIDTH="600"> Wow! a sixties Bultaco TSS! This shipper specializes in transporting vehicles around the world so their warehouse is filled with some pretty eyepopping stuff. Actual ship it's on. Yeah, you don't have your bike for 30-40 days so you have time to look for the boat. It ends up being half the price of flying even with the exorbitant port charges in Le Havre. Shipper in USA was very cagey if not disingenuous as to what those charges would be. Picking the bike up in Le Havre entailed a pleasant two hour train ride from Paris and almost $100 in taxi's since there's three locations you need to visit in Le Havre and none of them are near each other. Meanwhile in Paris there's roadbook preparation to do. Careful reading will reveal distances between fuel stops. Make a note on the sheets to spare yourself "empty tank" anxiety. Time to finally hit the road for Saverne. A boring 4.5 hour ride. Not the Hypermotards comfort zone! Without any wind protection, anything over 120mph your head feels like it's being slowly separated from your body. Saverne, the town & paddock. BTW that building is city hall!