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VENTURIDE Newsletter #3 - April 2016
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4 months to go...135 days!!!

Welcome back to my third newsletter and I hope you are well. We last spoke in January. 

Time flies when we are busy…and I can’t hide the fact that the last couple of weeks / months have been extremely busy with the preparation for VENTURIDE and my day to day job. My client project in Glasgow is finishing next week and I will be back on a London project after these 38 weeks spent up north. I will no longer need to take the late Sunday flight or wake up at 4.30 on a Monday morning to catch the first flight and I will no longer need to spend more than 12 hours commuting to Glasgow, weekly. This time saved will be welcomed and the timing is quite good as being in London will make it easier for the rest of the preparation. However, don't get me wrong, the project and the team up there were awesome. 

So what has happened since the last newsletter?


Start Date Confirmed: Firstly, I have formalised the start date with Deloitte and will leave London on Saturday 3rd September in direction of Paris where I will stay overnight before heading east towards Germany.

So take your calendar out and make a note as it would be nice to see you in London before September 3rd or in Paris on Saturday night. I will ask a good friend of mine (he doesn’t know it yet) to organise something in Paris and you will all be welcomed! For the Londoners, we will organise one to one catch ups instead as we have more time.
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Itinerary Revisited:
 
It is known in the overland world that having an itinerary beforehand is good as it kinds of “reassures” you and it was necessary for me to estimate the budget required for fuel, visas… but the latter is rarely followed. Why? Because of geo-political tensions, because of bad weather, because of mechanical issues, or because you meet people along the way. Remember, I am single ;)

You can find the updated itinerary here, and this represents 40 countries, 5 continents and 60 000 kilometres:
https://venturide.com/2015/09/05/itinerary-countdown/
or
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en_US&app=mp&mid=z4Ds0Ejpkq_w.kyGjpGvnIcyQ
Mechanics and Preparing the Bike:

Thanks to my informal partnership with BMW, I have benefited from some 121 tutoring in a London based dealership. In this 3 hour session, I have learnt how to fix the basics on my bike. This includes changing brake pads, changing the wheel, tyre, clutch cable, chain, the oil, the air filter… I am definitely not an expert yet but I have filmed everything and have taken some notes so hopefully I will master all of this any time soon. I knew nothing about mechanics before that.

We have also reviewed with BMW the tools I had previously selected to make sure I take what I need. I have also ordered some spare parts that are likely to break along the way, or simply would require a replacement. At the end of the day, I expect to ride a lot across very bumpy paths so the bike will need to be looked after properly. The challenge with all of this is that I am going on a bike and not a truck so weight and space are things to consider very carefully. I really need to be very cautious and selective about what I take with me. There is huge difference between the “really need to have”, the “need to have” and the “nice to have”. The “nice to have” list is getting huge and these items will not come with me.

So no space for my make-up, my hair aligner and my olive oil and Nutella ;)

 

Off-road and on-road preparation:

Again, thanks to my informal partnership with BMW, the firm is offering me a 2 day away weekend with an instructor. This will happen in May and in Wales. Hopefully, the weather there will be better than in Glasgow. Either way, I am vaccinated against rain now. Also, I have planned a couple of weekends with my dad or alone between now and September to get used to the bike, the equipment and test different things.

Website, Logo and Research Project

As you may recall, earlier on, I had talked about conducting the R.E.A.C.T survey with Citizens of the world I would meet along the way. The rationale behind “professionalising” my trip was to attract potential firms who could be interested in the data or the overall approach. However, none of the firms I have been in touch with have demonstrated an interest in this R.E.A.C. T survey so, after careful consideration, I have decided to be pragmatic and pull out this component of my trip.

I then adapted my approach to make it Deloitte specific and approached the Global CEO, the UK CEO and all of the Global and Local Leadership Teams but none of them were interested in my Deloitte specific research proposal. This means that the firm will not sponsor me but I have negotiated 3 weeks of salary from them.  For those who don’t know, the proposal was to do an around the world tour of the Deloitte offices and understand what makes Deloitte a global brand, what are the difference and local challenges…Anyway, it was a good practice for me to speak and meet these very senior people.

As a result, I have updated my logo and website and you can find the updated website on www.venturide.com

I am now in discussions with some other potential sponsors / partners and will give you an update at the next newsletter. Watch this space.

 

Vaccines, Health and Gym:

I have now completed all the vaccines I need for my trip and this included a lot of needles. The one remaining is for Malaria but this only requires tablets so it is slightly different. From a physical / workout perspective, I have to admit that I injured myself twice since we last spoke which has had an impact on my gym routine but once I get over with this, I will definitely invest more time in this field.
 
What's Next?

I am not going to list the huge list of outstanding items to start / finalise before I go but at a high level, I still need to secure visas, finalise all the various administrative papers, buy the rest of the equipment, test my mechanics, get the bike ready and reviewed by BMW, find good insurances, find sponsors / partners, shipments…and learn how to use my new GPS and amazing camera… to make sure you can feel part of the trip.

I hope you have find these updates interesting and watch this space.

Continue to be happy and live your dreams!!

Thanks

Jean

 
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