Dominiques blog

DMCH visit and Tom W last day with us   31 October, 2014
29th of October 14 Day 11 We got up bright and early to avoid the traffic on the way to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. As often here, it didn’t happened quite that way, we waited for Dr Mohib to appear. Apparently, they had to check about...


From Jessore to Dhaka   31 October, 2014
Tuesday 28th of October Day 10 no Ride Thanks to Dr Mohib who stayed with us all the way, we set off to reach Dhaka at 8ish, we felt that we were an inch from our life many times because of the speed we were going. We could see the countryside ...
From Kolkata to Indian/Bangladeshi border then Jessore   31 October, 2014
Monday 27th of October Day 9 of Riding The morning start was difficult, we are all tired and there is a lot of tension about crossing the border and getting there.               ...
From Jamshedpur to Kolkata   31 October, 2014
Sunday 26th of October Day 8 of Ride We woke up to the sound of rain and the thought of riding on slippery road was not appealing. We also had a dilemma about which road to take, as per usual, nobody agreed among the locals. “This road is ...
A day in Tata’s world   31 October, 2014
Saturday 25th of October Day 7 No riding The kids were delighted to get some “European” food. It has been probably the most difficult thing for them, coping with the local food and the abundance of chilli. It has been the same for Tom W who...
From Bodhigaya to Jamshedpur   31 October, 2014
Friday 24th of October 14 Day 6 of Ride   Sad to leave new friends, we were happy to get back on our bikes. We left with the kids riding pillion, happy not to have a long ride ahead of us or so we thought again, and again the estimation...
In Bodhigaya   30 October, 2014
Thursday 23rd of October Day 5 No riding   We stayed there one more day for a well-deserved rest. I have to admit that I was glad we had a day off riding. I couldn’t feel my bum, after the potholes treatment. One can try to avo...
From Kesariya to Bodhi Gaya   30 October, 2014
Wednesday 22nd of October Day 4 of ride We were about to leave when we saw a row of children on the car park. They were calling me with their hands. So I went to talk to them obviously they wanted money so I gave them pens to their surprise. I wa...
From Janakpur to Kesariya   30 October, 2014
Tuesday 21st of October Day 3 of ride   Alex had recovered by the morning so we started off early . What a day on the road, first we lost Tom W when we arrived sat the border because he had run out of petrol. Of course we found h...
From Hetauda to Janakpur   30 October, 2014
Monday 20th of October Day 2 of ride The plan was to leave at 7 am, after breakfast at 6h30, with few delays added : like Sian Phone dying in the night , so no alarm , I finally woke them up but it was later than planned , then we got to breakf...
From Kathmandu to Hetauda   19 October, 2014
Sunday 19th of October. Day one of Ride   We had a long chat the night before about the possibility of not being authorised to cross the border, but we tried to get visas from the Uk and got told we could get them on the border even on ...
Saturday   18 October, 2014
Saturday 18th of October We all got up rather late a part from Tom W who had not yet grasp our group dynamic which is a combination of highly motivated but equally a bit disorganised. Although we can’t be that bad, after all we managed to organi...
The Handle Bar   17 October, 2014
17th of October We didn’t stop too long, but that time we all looked like zombies because of the lack of sleep fore everyone with some extra exhaustion for the adults, running around getting the trip ready. Despite all that we were focused on...
Leaving   15 October, 2014
What a crazy day yesterday, trying to get the house in order and pack what was needed. I was determined to have my bag done before going to bed to be able to concentrate on details in the morning. I did it finally at 2 am. We finished packing ever...
Dom: With passengers   27 September, 2014
I made some chocolate brownies and we are of to Uplands Market to promote the trip again. I meet my friend Jo Ashburner who run a company designing Flags http://reddragonflagmakers.co.uk/contact . She and her team made us a beautiful Interburns Flag....
Dom: Out with Alex   23 September, 2014
Alex and me are going on a short bike ride to see how it feels. It is quite different when you have someone on the back but I soon get use to it and Alex is very well behaved. So success!  
Dom: Mod 2 test   3 September, 2014
Test day for Module 2, We get to SMART riding school first to ride before the test, Ianto takes us to possible places the examiner will take us. When we get to the centre, someone is first so I go on another bike ride with Ianto . I already know t...
Dom: Mod 2 training   1 September, 2014
Training for module 2. Ianto is with us again, we get on the bikes and will be riding round Swansea the whole day, by the end , my legs are a bit wobbly but I feel ok . I think I am ready.  
Dom: Mod1 Mod 1   28 July, 2014
Test day for Module 1. This time, I ride my bike to the test centre and I feel quite calm compare to the last time. I feel confident about my riding. I arrived and met Ianto who told me in his usual flowery language that I’d better pass it this ...
Dom: More Mod 1 training   27 July, 2014
Training for the dreaded module 1 test. This time Ianto is in charge, one good news, we have brand new bikes and they are much nicer to ride Ianto make me do everything lots and lots of time until I got it right. He is very skilled at showing us o...
Dom: Retreat   17 July, 2014
My lovely husband had book me to go to the Lam Rim Buddhist centre for a quiet retreat, it was wonderful to enjoy 2 days on my own in peace with the forest around, the lovely ladies running the place  were really kind . I felt refreshed and ready to...
Dom: Uplands Rugby Club Fundraiser   12 July, 2014
Since April we have been really busy, organising The Interburns, Kathmandu to Dhaka Hog Roast and entertainment evening. When I say we, I mean our family but also lots of my friends who kindly offered their help and did a great job. We got amazing...
Dom: Hubb 2   20 June, 2014
It was great place to meet people and possible sponsor. We will give you update on this. You also realise How difficult it is to find help if you are not a celebrity. I had a very disappointed feedback, spread by someone in the motorbike world. No...
Dom: Hubb travel festival   19 June, 2014
We went to the Hubb travel festival in Donnington , Fantastic Event really mellow atmosphere, nice people but not too many. It was really fun to listen to other people amazing adventures and it gives you a great boost of confidence that yes, we are a...
Dom: Interview with Swansea Life   12 June, 2014
Interviewed by the Swansea life Magazine’s lovely Journalist Lisa. They are planning to write an article about being a nurse, the work we do with Interburns and the challenge of learning to ride a bike to go on Motorcycles from Kathmandu to Dhak...
Dom: My own bike   6 June, 2014
Tom and me areriding to Shrewsbury to pick up a very cute Suzuki VanVan. We make a stop over in Clun at our friend Roger and Burkhart. We rode together all the way back to Swansea with a stop over at the West End bikers café in Llandovery. I alre...
Dom: Test day for Mod 1 Third Attempt   27 May, 2014
Are you ready for this! This time, I have not slept a wink, I am feeling sick, I feel light headed. I get to the test centre and realise I have yet another examiner and he is very intimidating, he wears a strange hat, look very stern. I get on the...
Dom: Test day for Mod 1 Second Attempt   14 May, 2014
Nerves have gone up a notch.  I am physically unwell. My mouth is dry and legs are not any better. I get another examiner, manage to do the whole test and touched again a cone at the avoidance exercise, one I never messed up before. I am so annoyed ...
Dom: Test day for Mod 1   7 May, 2014
Saying that I was nervous is an understatement.  I normally can keep it together in most situations. I finally got on the bike with my legs feeling like marshmallows. So there I hit a cone right at the beginning, which is a fail but the examiner was...
Dom: Touratech Event   4 May, 2014
Annual Touratech Event . We are there again to meet people and try to find sponsors and help. We meet Tom Woodrow , Nick Plumb , Sam Manicom , Graham  Hoskins and more
Dom: Planning the fundraiser   23 April, 2014
Meeting with Phil Owen , Manager of Uplands Rugby Club House .  When I finish explaining what we do and what we are trying to achieve , he tells me that we can use their venue for the fund raising , we secure the 12th of July , I will later on meet ...
Dom: The challenge   3 April, 2014
The previous story was also to explain, the Kathmandu to Dhaka trip is not coming from a bunch of mates wanted to do a motorcycling ride in that part of the world. We first chosen the route because it is where a lot of the work we do is happening and...
Dom: Bangladesh with Interburns   4 February, 2014
We carried on our journey to Dhaka in Bangladesh, where we have started a project with the government to improve standards in Burn care. It is early days for Dhaka which unlike Indore is a government hospital of 100 beds with 400 hundred patients, mo...
Dom: India with Interburns   30 January, 2014
I am off to India and Bangladesh for Interburns Few goals to achieve but the training centre is taking shape with Doctor Shobba Chamania and her team in Choithram hospital in Indore. The burns Unit is getting more help( 2 residents , a plastic sur...
Dom: Back to Work   14 January, 2014
It took over three months to finally get a starting date to work in the Burn Centre. After all that time, the unbelievably slow administration to processed my application. I was very nervous. I have not worked in intensive care for a very long tim...
Dom: Camping Weekend   22 October, 2013
Bonding camping weekend in the freezing and wet Gower Peninsula. The whole team meet in the field of friends ‘s farm to see if our two families can work together. Tom Woodrow comes too to take some shot , it is a really fun weekend and we have a...
Dom: Trallyn Primary raise £350   18 October, 2013
Greg Healey has cycled round the world and following his lead a local school Trallyn Primary has raised money  350 pounds for Interburns through a bike ride they’ve organised.
Dom: Interburns with Austin Vince   9 October, 2013
Fantastic evening in London for the Launch of Austin Vince film Mondo Sahara, Austin invited Interburns to show the Promotion video for the Organisation.   The guests have shown an overwhelming kindness and generosity. 1700 hundred pounds were rais...
Dom: Starting Work   21 September, 2013
14 years ago, I left my job as a scrub nurse to look after my new born baby, then decided to stay at home to raise our two sons, not having any family support and a rather busy husband. I went through Return to practice program and you need to really...
Dom: Learning to Ride   20 June, 2013
It is a long way to mod 2 First time ever on a bike, “all the gear no idea” as Ianto said. Well I am wearing protection being aware of the dangers of riding. I passed the CBT. From then I know I am going to love it . But it takes time to...
Dom: K2D   1 May, 2013
The Kathmandu to Dhaka becomes a bigger enterprise, Sian and Crag family are joining us on the trip . So we decide to all meet at the annual Touratech event in Ystradgynlais. It is also the place Tom met Tom Woodrow who is coming  with us to do the ...