At Bailey HQ Gearing Up To Leave On The Bristanbul Tour

Today I set off on a 21 country tour with Bailey of Bristol
Today I set off on a 21 country tour with Bailey of Bristol

Monday, 09, Apr 2018 03:27

By William Coleman

So the day is finally here! Today I will be embarking on a multi country tour covering 21 countries in 21 days with the Bailey of Bristol team. I am currently sat at Bailey HQ going over the mountain of kit we are taking away and to say I am slightly excited is an understatement.

I set off from London this morning at around 7am and was quickly met by a storm of thick traffic on the M25 which made the journey 3 hour and 40 instead of the pleasant 2 hours 20 I have become accustomed to.

Once I arrived at Bailey HQ in Bristol, at around half 10, I meet the guys and see what preparation we needed to do before we set off for Portsmouth to hop on the ferry over to France. I have done my fair share of holiday prep work before but I certainly underestimated the work needed to get three touring vehicles and 2 touring cars for a 21 day tour across Europe and back, a tip of the cap for the sheer amount of work that has gone into planning this trip. The guys at Bailey really have thought of everything and were still working away crossing the T's and dotting the I's when I arrived.

One thing that Bailey have provided all of us going on the tour is a goodie bag full of touring essentials. When travelling across the 21 countries I am sure we will encounter many different types if weather, so we have been provided with a waterproof coat, and size up jacket, caps and 2 different towels, for those rainy days. As well as that we have 2 watcher bottler, thermos and a fantastic backpack to carry it all in. They are taking great care of the crew going and we have not even turn an engine on yet.

At this stage we are almost all prepped and ready. Now the Pegasus, GT70 Ramini, Pursuit 550-4 and the Advance 76-4 are all packed with the gear we are almost ready to drive away. We are completing some final safety checks and making sure we have not left the kettle unpacked. At 6pm you can tune into a Facebook Live Broadcast on Bailey's official Facebook page, CaravanTimes will also be sharing the broadcast to make sure everyone gets to see it.

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