Round the world - on two wheels

PUBLISHED: 07:16 12 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:59 22 October 2010

For both of them, it was a question of “Love me, love my bike”. A love of motorcycling and motorcycles was one of the main interests that brought them together after they met on a police training course.

For both of them it was a question of "Love me, love my bike." A mutual love of motorcycling and motorbikes was one of the interests that brought them together after they met on a police training course.

Now, 28 years later, they are putting their two-wheel skills to the ultimate test as they set off this month on a three-year trip around the world on a second-hand, but pristine, BMW GS1150 Adventure that cost £8,000.

In that time they expect to clock up about 200,000 miles on a meandering route that will take them through the USA, South America, Aust-ralia, Europe and Asia.

It's a far cry from their first meeting, when Nick Poole was a PC with Norfolk Constab-ulary and Lesley was serving in the Suffolk force. Both remember it best for a heated argument about whether the great motorbike racer, Barry Sheene, could be beaten on two wheels.

Nick proposed to her 10 days later. Lesley's response: "What took you so long?" They have been together ever since.

Lesley, now 49, is leaving the police to concentrate on being a housewife and mother.

Nick, just coming up to 50, went on to become a full-time police motorcyclist and earned the distinction of being the youngest police instructor in the country in 1984.

Their ambition to bike around the world started to become reality last Septem-ber when Nick retired after 30 years' service.

They have turned one of the rooms in their home on the Harts Farm estate at Wymond-ham into an operations centre, with a huge map of the world filling one of the

walls and showing their route - planned meticulously over three or four months.

Everything is almost ready for their departure on June 25 from Gatwick Airport for the flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where they will pick up the bike - being shipped out this week - and head across Canada for Alaska. They aim to be on the road on July 1.

Nick said: "This is the fulfil-ment of a lifetime's ambition."

Lesley added: "This is the first time in our lives that we have not been tied to anything. With that comes a wonderful sense of freedom, which is very liberating."

Their two sons, Daniel, 25, a surfing fanatic who survived being swept away by the tsunami in Sri Lanka and is now in Australia, and 20-year-old musician Ian, are backing both parents all the way.

Nick and Lesley plan to do some form of charity work on the Sri Lankan leg of the trip to repay those who helped Daniel after the disaster.

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