After 15 years working for the same company I was made redundant last month. In some ways it sucks (self esteem, money, security) but in others it doesn’t. For the first time ever I have free time, and enough spare cash to enjoy it for a few months at least. I’m not thinking too much about finding work just yet. If I jump into a job too soon then I’ll resent it. Better to take some time for myself and get hungry to work again. So, what to do in the mean time! Originally I had dreamt about returning to the Himalayas as I still have my Enfield in Chandigarh. But CV19 will prevent us from leaving Australia any time in the next few months or even years. So needed to plan a trip that kept me in Western Australia (as of July 2020 the borders are closed with other states). Luckily we live in one of the biggest states geographically and there is plenty to explore. Just got back from the South West riding skinny bikes where it was cold! Around freezing some mornings. It’s fun when you are on single trail but don’t fancy camping in sub zero temps for many days. So the obvious answer is to head north. Ten years ago we drove the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley with the kids and a camper trailer. It’s a great drive but I felt that we moved too fast, constrained by work and school to meet targets for mileage every day. This time I want to wander, to explore and to savour the land. There is so far one fixed point - I booked accommodation at Coral Bay in 19th July as it’s busy there at the moment. Planning to leave on Wednesday after a routine doctors appointment in the morning. Here is the route plan. Don’t have too many choices in WA for tarmac, it’s either the coast road or the Great Northern Highway. I don’t want to be on dirt too much as there is limited fuel off the main roads, at least until Derby. I’m joined by Schalk, another gentleman with time on his hands due to the Bat Bronchitis. Been riding dirt bikes with Schalk and family for a few years and he bought an 1190 last year. We’ve talked about doing a big ride for ages, so when the opportunity came he jumped at it. Both of us used to work overseas for large periods of time. The last 4 months have been the longest we have been at home ever - so the families are not too bothered if we skip out for a few weeks. I’ll be on the F800GS. Just bought new rubber for the bike and I’m tossing up tyre choice. Currently have part worn road tyres front and rear. Thinking to change them now and run the TKC80 (F) and K784 (R) all the way, or run the road tyres to Derby and change them just before the Gibb. Big advantage is that I’ll have a set of part worn tyres in a campsite nearby if I shred the off road tyres. But it does mean carrying two tyres a fair distance on the way up. Think I’ll load the bike and see how it feels. Lots to do over the next three days. I left most of my gear in the USA planning a trip across the Divide in April that never happened. Need to maybe buy some more camping gear and definitely sort out some pants. Also doing an oil and filter change, plus maybe brake pads and coolant on my bike.