Can you imagine trying to do that today? The only easy bit would be driving across Europe without its borders like an illegal. LOL.
Push a broken van onto a plane with a forklift? Arriving at the airport with a bike, tools and spares with an hour to spare? Then imagine the problems with the USA immigration officials and getting the bike released from quarantine.
Different times for sure and a fantastic story of a riders dedication to his chosen sport. Thank for finding that for us Monsieur Le Frog.