I had a short week off from my work as a hospital nurse in mid April and Neil at Alpkit informed me that the Camino could be picked up around that time. It is about exactly a year ago since I started my cross US trip last spring, so I found it to be a perfect way to have an anniversary, a compacted micro adventure, riding from England to Norway. I hadn´t even been to England since the 90s, so that was another reason to do this. I flew to Gatwick from Oslo and hopped on the train to London and further on towards Nottingham, where I spent a night. The following morning I took a local train to put me in the town where Alpkit and Sonder are situated. Neil, their bike guru picked me up at the train station and brought me to their headquarters.
I had bought some camping gear from Alpkit a few years ago and had gotten a sense of the nice way they interact with their customers. This showed well in all the communication with Neil in the time leading up to the pick up of the bike. It made me feel valued as a customer. Once there I was presented to my new love, sitting there all put together by Neil.Neatly put into its own box was a set of various bikepacking bags that Alpkit manufacture in the back. I was given a tour of the facilities and even got to sit down at the sewing machine and put some stitches into a bag of my own. Great fun! I also got to check out all the other excellent products that Alpkit puts together, for many kinds of outdoor activities. What strikes me is the quality of design, manufacturing quality and sensible prices.