It was everything we could have hoped for….and more…..other than my idol Lois Pryce not making it….but so many other inspirational people in our journey were there in the flesh to share their wisdom and encouragement. Sam Manicom (I now have signed copies of all his books to post home) met us with his camera at the ready to document us…..OMG he knows about us…..how cool in that? I just about went to pieces when I met Austin Vince (husband of my idol Lois) and got him to sign my adventure jacket… along with Chris Scott – yes THE Chris Scott (Chris actually took the photo of us with Austin). I gave Austin a couple of our stickers and he shared some of his invaluable advice on getting visas for Iran. Sam introduced me to Elsbeth Beard – another legend and idol…..unbelievable! Everyone was pleased to see us and most encouraging about our plans. I also met the editor of Overlandmag (Paddy) who encouraged us to keep in touch – asking if Vince takes photos and I write! Who know what lies ahead……….We had an amazing day and a great send off from the Ace for the start of our big adventure……bring it on……stay tuned!