The porker gets all the hot chicks!
Stunning pictures flash.
And it looked a great day out. :beer
yeah ash we had a good ole time will be sorry to see the little rasher go ,:ear
looks like he had a great time in the south Flash, crackin pics:rofl
Smashin job Flash!
Flash that was brill .... been there many times myself and had some great nights out there.
Where is the little pig off to next then ?
Great photos and captions. Thanks Flash! :clap
Well done Tony. Feckin great reports. :clap:clap
thanks aiden ,all in a days pork as they say :wink:
el piggy shoud be in the uk again, will be waiting from reports from the right honorable mr trippy :clap:clap:clap
He arrived safely.
I was working nights and went to bed this morning at 7am only to be woken by a little knock on the door at 11.30.
He doesn't travel light does he.
Poor little chap was shattered after his long trip so after unpacking he went back to bed with my lads Horsey.
Euan was excited to see him when he got back from school.
And wasted no time in introducing him to cricket, although he does seem to favour holding the bat like a Baseball player.
So where in the UK is he hangin then?
Is he visiting me on the way??
He might want to try my mini Honda chop out for size :)
The famous barn filled with various bikes in need of a bloody good tidy up :D
Don't think this one will be going anywhere for a while!
He even gave Bacon his old hip bone to suck on :puke2
Proff knows his stuff and gave my Basic a little tweak to get it ticking over nicely.
New plans now for my coming rest days so not going to get out, is there anyone here in England who would like to host Bacon for a week or two?
PM me and I'll pop him in the post.
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
AWESOME guys and thanks for Showin Bacon such a great time. :clap :clap
May even be over in the UK around Easter so could pick him up.....
That pink pig gets more ass and drinks better whiskey than anyone I know. :ricky BACON:ricky
sent you a pm trippy
Trippy - remember there's quite a list of people waiting for Bacon :wink:
Bacon should be in Norfolk now, he left here a few days ago.
Decent ADV'rs might not otherwise see this project since the
thread lives in the depths of depravity, Jo momma. So please
enjoy the following brief review.
The meeting of ADV mascot celebrities, August of 2008.
Bacon, I'd like you to meet Pooey. Pooey, this is Bacon.
Pooey's path through all states and provinces in North America.
The T-Shirt signed by many North American Riders.
add Hawaii and on to Australia.
Australia so far.
Pooey will have traveled approx 22,000 miles before arriving in New Zealand.
After Australia and New Zealand, Pooey is scheduled
for Turkey, then India through Sept of 2009.
The entire Pooey thread is: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=341891
If other countries want to join the fun, PM GTomic.
why is it that bacon seems to have no recollection of the meeting? just looked back over the month of august and see nothing. he seemed to have met quite a few new friends, but no pooey
did pooey slip something into his drink and take advantage of the poor young porker? hog tied him in the barn and...? blackmail?
why is this now being brought up? what is the incubation period for an ostrich?
in the Pooey's World Tour thread:
Pooey does have a, let's say, checkered past.
He is and will be out of the jurisdiction of the USA for the foreseeable future,
and if I understand Ostrich, he just said "Screw everything."
Bacon arrived here in the flatlands of Norfolk.
Got a couple of days of activites planed, but started off by showing him around town. First of was to see Thomas Paine's statue. A man of letters but known by the locals as a keen darts player.
Then around to the Black Prince. One of Queen Victorias friends !
Had a sit by the river and a relax in the sun for a few moments.
Wandered past the old flint and brick church on the way up to Thom's birthplace.
This is the old gaol where our ancient petty criminals were held after being found guilty of the most horrible of crimes. Poaching game to feed their poor starving families and then suffer the injustice of being deported to Australia
for life !
Wish they still did that, I'd be out with my poaching jacket on first thing in the morning.
Just down the road a few steps is a classic example of a local peasants dwelling, slightly modernised but still nice to look at.
And again, a few more steps and we have our oldest pub. And its 1624 and not 1694.
Ok so thats the town, next time out Bacon gets to earn his keep and in exchange gets to meet some of his cousins, watch the yanks flying and gets a ride in a proper race car. Bikes off and on road will follow.
You had the weather, Noddy.
Is pig going to watch any racing at Snetterton :ricky
To earn his keep Bacon was seconded into becoming a bus conductor for the morning run. We arrived at the depot to see an impressive line up of luxury coaches. Bacon was well impressed.
He had a look around and thought he was in for an easy ride.
He was then led around to the back of the yard and shown the oldie that he would be working on.
He tried it for size but had to settle for ticket machine duties.
Soon got the hang of that.
The passengers and their children absolutley loved him and there were a few kidnap attempts but he held on tight.
Bus trip was soon over and we were off for the days adventures.
First stop was the USAF airbase at Lakenheath. They understandebly get a bit spooked about people taking photos of the base so we settled for the public viewing point and watched the planes coming and going.
Some taking off...........
Some coming in to land..........
And some getting restuck...........
Bacon enjoyed all of that but was eager to move on and have a chat with some of his cousins. So a short trip up the road and he was soon busy telling them all about his travels.
Whilst they were chatting a train came past and some of the older ones seemed to get a bit confused about the correct way of making new bacon.
We could hear the sound of high reving engines in the distance and decided to run up to the motor racing curcuit at Snetterton to see what was happening. Sorry no bikes, bit early in the season, but it was a practice day for proper single seater open wheeled race cars.
Bacon was well excited after his ride in a NASCAR family saloon car last year. But did suggest that if you take the stickers off one you could go to the supermarket and not be noticed. Take one of these, he said, and you would be a hero.
He was a bit confused when he realised that we have two kinds of bends, left and right and on the same track. But he was enjoying it all.
A few smoky brake and tyre moments...........
We had a wander around the pits and chatted to the friendly Renault team. They were quite taken with Monsieur Bacon and his travel storiez and agreed to "Tek Hem fer a few larps in theeir superier moter"
Bacon had to be tucked out of sight, but bravely held on whilst the car was twisting from lock to lock as the driver used all of the engines power and his instincts to battle against the clock.
A jolly good day out, and just time for a quick wash and brush up in time for afternoon tea.
Next report will be Bacon meeting with our local chums for an off road ride around the estate and the local byways.
Bacon and my to do list
Way to go Bacon! You're knocking off my to do list faster than I can.:pynd
I bet they didn't reach 165mph either, Bacon's record still stands here in North Carolina! Hero? Two words; Richard Petty.
Glad to see the wee lad having a great time, keep up the efforts:clap.
Having raced at Snetterton, spent time nearby in East Wretham, and enjoyed some of the local bitters, I can only state that I share a little of the joy that Bacon has. He has seen a lot more of this planet than most of its inhabitants. Thanks to to everyone that shares this experience with all of us.
great pics and report noddy :clap:clap:clap
Great post! spent the last two days getting through the thread..
Someone needs to add a link to all press releases and articles!!
Off road day started with the usual bike prep, Bacon got busy lubing the rear brake pins as they were starting to get a little sticky.
A short trip down the road to meet up with the other riders, do a bit of tyre kicking have a look at Pete's new Yamaha, he was quite positive about not wanting to get it to dirty. Mike had just fitted a brand new set of knobblies to his drz and had trailered his bike over from the midlands to try them out.
Bacon was well happy about being out on a bike again. But not to sure about being cable tied to the bike by his ears.
Most of the trails around here are flat, wide and sandy with the occasional very boggy mud. We decided to ride one of the tight rutted trails first.
We set off and soon turned onto the first trail. This is a bit rutted and before we had gone 100 yards Mike and his new tyres had come a cropper.
He lay there moaning about his shoulder, after the usual laughter, photos and piss taking we thought we had better have a look.
Yup, one broken collar bone! Shit. Got him up in the end and walked him back to the road and called for an ambulance. Reported the details, explained the injury, said there was no urgency and was told that an ambulance had been dispatched. Few minuets later and we could hear the sirens in the distance and then an ambulance arrived. Then more sirens as a paramedic 4x4 turned up. Then more sirens as a second pairofmedics 4x4 arrived on the scene.
Turns out it was a very quiet saturday morning and they often get called to bad motorcycle accidents on the local bendy roads.
One of the guys started to attend to Mike whilst the other five chatted.
Bacon thought all this was quite amusing, and insisted that we get a photo of poor mike in the ambulance
Couple of the guys went of to sort out Mikes bike and trailer and arranged to meet up with us further around the trails. And we set off again.
Met a little line up of hard core 4x4s battling against the extreme conditions.
And stopped for a touch of maintenance on Petes new bike.
Stopped again for another touch of maintenance.
Met up with the other guys again.
Bacon was really enjoying it now.
Pete had forgotten his keep it clean intentions.
We stopped to get some lunch. LOOK out Bacon, its behind you!
Can't agree which way to go
How the hell ?
We had to laugh when we spotted this, somebody shouted that its Mike, and he's been well plastered.
Anyways, a good day had and time for a shower and off down the pub for a deserved pint.
And a tasty little snack for Bacon.
East Anglian road trip to be posted soonest.
That pig knows how to live...
Great write up and pics Noddy.
you are showing that lucky pig all the sites :evil
Today is the first East Anglian ride out of the year. Our region is made up of four counties. Norfolk (north) Suffolk (south) Cambridgeshire (west) and Essex (a bit more south than Suffolk)
Plan is to meet up en route and then ride into Essex for a very English tradition of afternoon tea and scones.
The Norfolk's met in Thetford. http://noddy.smugmug.com/photos/491877839_UPt2k-M.jpg
We then rode to Bury St Edmunds to meet with the Suffolk's at Fressingfield and ride together into deepest darkest Essex.
We arrived in Essex to find a welcoming party gathered.
It was soon time to saddle up and head out together to the tea rooms at the Tiptree jam factory and tea rooms.
We followed the Essexers through some fantastic riding country, ups and downs and great twisty roads till we all arrived at Tiptree.
Bacon got introduced to the Essexers.
And got friendly with a shy little Badger.
Made a bit of a pig of himself with the scones, cream and jam.
We then decided to take Bacon down to the south Essex coast for a look at the seaside.
He then insisted on having a paddle in the sea. He got a bit wetter than he thought as a wave came in and he started to float away.
He was ok though and we set him out to dry on some old police bike that was parked up.
Interesting Bike, imported genuine ex San Fransisco police bike complete with all the lights and a very noisy siren. Somebody will let us know.
last and final report, coming soon, is a ride along the North Norfolk coast line.
Last day in East Anglia and a trip around the north Norfolk coast line, been nice and warm the past few days but today was overcast, windy and cold. A quick run north to start the day.
Tractors, don't you just love them. All day to go nowhere and nothing to do when they get there.
But no matter, this is our first stop. A very old sea port.
Going to these other places later on today.
We enter the town through the old gatehouse.
Pause to look at the old book shop. Interesting local building material, Carstone, lots of it around this area.
And around to the 16th century Customs house.
Bacon decided it was time he got back into the show.
We nipped around to the ancient Tuesday market place.
Must have been on Tuesday then.
Time to be moving on. Next on the list was the Queens residence at Sandringham. Hmmmm, she has locked the gates. Damn she must have been down the road at the market getting her fresh veg.
But he found a friendly squirrel eating his lunch.
Oh well, her loss at not meeting Bacon.
Next port of call is Hunstanton, known as Sunny Hunny and a very popular sunday ride out meeting place. Almost deserted on this cold day but jam packed on weekends.
Up to the noth end of town for Bacons first view of the cold north sea. And it was very cold. Tide was out showing the dangerous sand banks.http://noddy.smugmug.com/photos/493544486_Kopf6-M.jpg
To cold to stay here for long so we moved along the coast to Holm.
Looks like a nice friendly place !
Not many people there today. We could see the remains of an old ship wreck in the sands.
And a very deserted beach.
We moved on to some of the small fishing villages along the way.
Passed the old mill.
Passed one of many pubs in the area named after our Lord Nelson, a son of this area.
And along to an old round towered church. Not many of these left now.
Nice view over the bone yard across the dunes to the sea.
A quick stop of at Holkham to see the great Hall.
Turn our heads to the sun that had started to break through and to show the fresh water lake right next to the sea.
Admire the herd of Deer.
Took a photo of the gate houses.
And then shoot a couple of miles along to one of my favorite places. Wells-next-the-sea. The sun held for a short while and we got these fantastic views from by the coastguard station.http://noddy.smugmug.com/photos/493544705_7NkRz-M.jpg
We ran back down to the harbour for a photo as the cloud came sweeping back in.
Continued around to Blakeney where you can take a boat out to see the Seals. But only when the tide is in, and it wasn't.
Just before Sherringham we find the most strange of places.
Still Bacon found it great fun.
Into Sherringham and the sun has gone again and the cold creeps back.
The coast from here into Cromer is blighted by these awfull summer caravan parks.
But we find a nice view of Cromer Pier.
We are both cold and hungry so decide to cut for home for warmth and some food.
Been a good day out.
Absolutely fantastic Noddy!!! :thumb :bow :clap
Todays the day for Bacon to be moving on. Tried to organise a relay to get him there, but it couldn't be done in time for his next adventure.
Bit stuck trying to decide how to send him. Then had a thought.
Yup, its an adventure, so tie an address label on him, stick on a first class stamp, stuff him in the postbox and see what happens.
Will he make it ok ???????? I hope so.
Bye Bacon its been great, take care of yourself.
He looks so sad hopping into the post box all stamped up.
Safe travels to your next adventure Bacon.
OK, Bacon has arrived at Timpo's house.
Early bed tonight though as he is back to school tomorrow with Sarah Teach. Her class wants to meet him......... Owl and Ratty are looking after him.
Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday he will be attending the UK ADV March Moon Rally in North Wales.
Watch this space.......
Looks like he made it O.K. :rofl :rofl
You guys are doing a great job of showing Bacon you're part of the world.:clap :clap
:freaky :freaky :freaky :freaky
OK, Friday morning and it was a 0630hrs wake-up call for the pig.... "Oink-off!" he shouted to me....... charming!:D
On went the school tie and he went in to class.
The children were thrilled to have such a seasoned traveller visit them.
They had a day of patato printing, maths puzzles and poetry, and then a meeting with Pete The Duck, class mascot.
Straight home at 1600hrs and into the Land Rover. The UK Advriders had a rally organised for the weekend at Graigfechan village, a medieval drover's trade route. The venue was the old Inn called The Three Pigeons.
Bacon soon had his trotters under the table and was snout deep in a pint of guiness.... or two!:slurp
And if it goes in, it must come out......
Bacon seemed to be getting on very well with the ladies, a very smooth operator I'm sure.......
And I asked him for some tips.......
Sarah Teach and Bacon headed off to the van for bed, the temperature was dropping severly, so I found them both snuggled up when I returned to the truck......
The next morning I pinned back his ears and he listened to the rider's briefing for the day's riding ahead.......
His ride was a 2008 Yamaha XT250 Serow, with Sarah Teach at the controls.....
The ride went well, with only one small off, but his hide was unscathed.
At the end of the day, he celebrated with buying a round of drinks for the UK Advriders, and he settled in with the men.......
So, we're home now and relaxing, I'm back in work tomorrow, so Bacon is going to a newsprint recycling plant to see how we turn waste paper in to newspaper.
Sunday he will ride in the Wirral Egg Run with several thousand other bikes.
Hope Bacon is having a good time over there, and not being led astray with too many guinness.:freaky
Great going guys. I've said it before and no doubt i'll say it again. Top report and thanks a million for showing Bacon a sensational time.:clap :clap
I cant believe the ground he has covered in just 15 months..... :D
The stay at Timpo's is coming to an end......
This lad called Bacon is a lucky liitle pig.......
Is he some sort of Weather God? :super
This weekends plan was to join in the fun at the Wirral Egg Run. Thousands of bikers converge to New Brighton, and ride a lap of the Wirral Peninsula to deliver Easter Eggs to Clatterbridge Hospital. The event has grown over the years and now it is some spectacle with every possible make and size machine attending.
I only saw one pig though, our Bacon.
So, it was a 0900hrs departure from home and a trip up the motorway. That alone was like the opening scene from the Wacky Racers.
Getting to New Brighton for 1000hrs would give us an hour to watch plenty of bikes arriving from all over the North-west of the UK.
The sun was beaming down and only a few clouds were in the sky....
Bacon insisted he had a small momento from the run, so I fitted him with a pin badge, he was very pleased.....
And within two shakes of his curly tail, there wasn't a single square metre without a bike on it.......
1100hrs and it was time to move out. I had heard that Tarka from UKGSER was leading the procession with his Ural Combo.
It took about ten minutes before our bikes were rolling. Bacon had a perfect view of the proceedings riding on the front of Sarah Teach's 650GS, Oly Owl and Rick Rabbit were on her rear. I followed up on my 1200GSA.
The route was lined with thousands of spectators, it really is great when the sun is shining.
Once we arrived at the hospital, we deposited our goodies and made a hasty get away. It was getting really busy with the thousands of bikes arriving behind us.
Seems the sun was out we headed to Eastham Ferry.
A small pub there called The Tap is a very popular bikers venue, and today was really busy.
Over the river is the city of Liverpool and the history of the Easthan Ferry area was that people travelled by stagecoach along the A41 trunk road to Eastham, there they took a ferry to Liverpool and then on to a steamliner destined for America.
Bacon liked the smell of the salty sea air, but we needed to go home and get him ready for the next chapter of his trip...........
Great report Timpo, well done to you and Sarah for looking after Bacon so well :clap
very cool! great pics :clap
Nice write up Timpo - you're not a full shilling are you....
....I can't believe you didn't bring him with you to join us on Saturday..:rofl
just catching up today
what an adventure the little pig has had! lots of fun to read, with great pictures from around the world to boot!
i'm excited to see what happens next. :clap
Stop-press: Bacon is now in Oxford.
He arrived yesterday escorted by Timpo and Sarah Teach
They apologised for coming in the car - but Hobbes had refused to travel in the top box...
No offence to his previous carers - but Bacon definitely needed a bath
"Do I really have to? All this lovely dirt gathered on the roads and trails in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales..."
Stop whining, Bacon, we are not taking you to Europe looking that filthy!
"Mmm, you might have a point..."
"Bl**dy Germans - that's not what I meant when I said I wanted to hang out..."
Tomorrow Bacon will be introduced to the sights and delights of Oxford and then we'll take him to the continent to see France, Belgium (& Advrider Blackbert), the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark (& Bummer of this parish).
To avoid disappointment, I must tell you that there won't be a lot of motorcycling for Bacon until next Friday - my arm has still not healed completely and we both will have to ride pillion with Possu. :eek1
Mind you, this could also mean more photo opportunities on the move. :D
Watch this space...
It's been said before- but that's one lucky pig.
Bacon would like to wish all Adventure Riders a
Cracking report Timpo and Sarah,you two are nuts :rofl it was nice to meet Bacon at Craigfechan,he looked like he was enjoying himself...and after looking at the pics you can see why he opted to ride pillion with Sarah :augie
Pumpy,looking forward to your report :thumb
Thanks for the reports from the other side of the pond. Today I enjoyed some sausage links and bacon in an Easter breakfast. I hope BACON wasn't offended.
Looking forward to more. . .
See that you are coming my way!!
Getting anywhere near The Hague (Den Haag) by any chance??
Would be great to see Bacon again and meet you guys as well...
(I met him at Collector when SYDADVGS handed him over to atgreg :clap , see post #124)
This is me and Bacon:
Let me know!!! We can have a :1drink somewhere near the sea...
Bacon goes to Oxford
After sharing my Müesli on Saturday morning, Bacon was ready to explore his new surroundings.
Possu and I live on the outskirts of Oxford, so we had to walk quite a bit. Our first stop was the parish church of Headington Quarry
... where Bacon wanted to visit the tomb of a notable resident
"C.S. Lewis was one of my favourite authors when I was little...", said Bacon.
Unfortunately the church was closed, otherwise we could have had a look at the Narnia window inside
This pit doesn't look very special but it once was one of the Headington Quarries where most of the stones for the university buildings came from.
Just in case Bacon was missing America...
Bacon really liked all those little alleys criss-crossing the town. In Old Headington we picked up Cuckoo Lane, an ancient route that is possibly over 1000 years old. It leads straight to the city centre - avoiding all major traffic
South Park offers the best view over the Oxford skyline - unless you are a pig that can fly, of course... :D
A closer look
The Plain, gateway to the city centre of Oxford. Seems like Bacon has taken a liking to washbasins after all... :wink:
"This looks like fun! Can we go punting please?" Sorry, Bacon, if my arm was strong enough to punt yet, we would be out on the bike instead of walking around...
Oxford University actually consists of 38 independent, self-governing colleges. This is the gate of one of them - Magdalen College, founded in 1458
Oxford's facades are also known for their grotesques and gargoyles
"Oh, can we climb the tower, please? Your legs are ok, aren't they?" Yes, Bacon... :rolleyes
But then something else caught the little fellow's attention... :D
So we went to the Covered Market first...
... where Bacon could watch how cakes are made
"Look, look, there is proof - even piglets can graduate from Oxford!"
"I want to go to university. Can we buy a hat and a gown for me?" Mmm, I'm not so sure about the cap...
Fortunately the helpful shop assistant supported my view - and Bacon has now a proper Oxford University shirt in his souvenir collection...
Personally, I thought Bacon's idea of being a student was a bit too nostalgic...
"I would live in a little chamber high above the rooftops of Oxford..."
"... read a lot of great books every day..."
"... and then I'd go to the pub with my mates. C'mon, Pumpy, let's go to the pub!"
Ok, Bacon, we can go to the Turf Tavern for sight-seeing...
... but we're not having a drink - it's not even lunch time yet. I wonder where he has picked up those bad habits... :rolleyes
The Bridge of Sighs was probably the most appropriate monument to look at after that... :wink:
"Why is there is a statue of Thomas Pembroke in front of the Bodleian Library and not one of Thomas Bodley?" That's to confuse the tourists... :augie
"Wow. That's the reading room of the Bodleian?" The Radcliffe Camera
"Oh, and there is my tower again. Can we climb it now?"
Not yet, Bacon. Aren't you hungry? Let's have some lunch in the townhall first
"That's the longest slide I have ever tried."
Bacon making friends with the locals: "What are you reading there, mate?"
"A perfect place to hold court, don't you think?"
Bacon pondering over the city's motto: Truth is strong
Lunch - at long last... :dg
And then we were finally going to climb the tower of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin
Bacon was impressed...
"That's quite a nice roof. I wonder how it would look in my sty."
Sorry about the blurred photo but I didn't want to use a flash. The first entry on this list dates back to 1204...
And then, when it came to climbing the stairs: "Can you carry me, please?" Okay... :rolleyes
The Radcliffe Camera again
All Souls College
Looking down the High Street (with South Park in the distance)
Looking up the High Street (with Tom Tower, Christ Church and Oxford Cathedral in the background)
The High Street with the tower of the Lincoln College Library
Brasenose College, Exeter College Chapel and St Michael's Tower
"Oh dear, and all these steps down again..."
A last souvenir photo with some gargoyles
"Phew, this was a long day. Can we take the bus home, please?"
Not a bad idea, Bacon. From the bus we even caught a glimpse of the Headington Shark
And when we got back Bacon was so knackered that he went straight to bed.
He was probably dreaming of being a student - I wonder what subject he would choose... :D
Nice trip Pumpy.:1drink
Thanks for the thought though. :thumb
One of those gargoyles looks a bit familiar...
Too Funny!! I missed the little piggy the first time. Nice work!!
When I come to England...
These places are on my "to visit" list!!!!!
Fantastic architecture and history, yes this is me with pig envy.
OMG...that was one of the funniest posts yet..and there was not even any bikes around. Great stuff, made my night.
hey great stuff pumpy really enjoyed that ,note to self gotta visit oxford :clap :clap :clap
If Bacon is ever coming to Belgium, I'd gladly show him around my little country :clap
Thank you all for your kind feedback. http://126.96.36.199/forums/images/s...osiecheeks.gif
If you ever come to Oxford just give me a shout - I'll be happy to be your tour guide. :thumb
And as soon as we get back home, I will continue reporting on Bacon's ventures into Europe...
Bacon in Belgium
Originally, our plan was to spend a week's holiday in Europe on our two 1150 GS's:
- take the ferry from Dover to Dunkerque
- meet Blackbert there and explore the back roads of Flanders with him
- travel to Luxemburg together
- then into Germany and up through the Eifel to my little sister in North Rhine-Westphalia
- tour the Sauerland with her and her friends
- then carry on through Northern Germany towards Denmark
- meet Bummer at the border
- stay on the island of Rømø
- work our way up to Skagen, the most northern top of the country
- and then come back to the UK via ferry from Esbjerg to Harwich.
Maybe not the most exciting motorcycling countries but still interesting enough for an entertaining ride report. So we thought.
The first setback was that my broken arm took a lot longer to heal than anticipated. So plan B came into effect: riding pillion with Possu and carrying Bacon in my jacket. Not ideal but better than not going at all.
But a couple of days prior to leaving, Steve’s mum died unexpectedly, meaning that we had to change our plans. Steve went to stay with his dad, both trying to come to terms with the loss of a wonderful mother, wife, friend, and sorting out the formalities. I cancelled the ferries and informed family and friends. We then thought it might help us to clear our heads if we went to the continent at least for a long weekend and met some friends. So Possu came back to Oxford, picked up a few clothes and me, along with bits and pieces for our mates in Belgium. We were both not in the mood for a motorcycle trip; too much luggage to carry on only one bike and too many miles on a straight, boring motorway.
Considering the sad circumstances and the fact that we were not riding our bikes, my first notion was to leave Bacon at home. But then I thought that I didn't know how he would ultimately travel on from the UK and that this might be his only chance to see the White Cliffs of Dover and taste Belgian chocolate. So I put Bacon into my rucksack and took him with me.
Checking in at the ferry port of Dover
The harbour is fairly busy with 62 sailings per day between France and the UK - and that's in addition to the Chunnel, the undersea rail tunnel...
Personally, I prefer taking the ferry for the real flavour of travelling between England and the continent
At first, Bacon was a bit anxious about going overboard...
... but after we had told him what to do in case of emergency...
... he started to enjoy the wind in his hair, erm, ears
... and got quite excited by the sight of the White Cliffs
"Pumpy, when we get back to England can we have a closer look at the cliffs, please?" We'll see...
St Margarets at Cliffe, where Possu's dad was born
I wasn't sure if Bacon would get seasick but fortunately the crossing was calm...
... and soon we were approaching France
Dunkerque, to be precise - if you look closely, you can see the name written on the cranes
Quickly we got off the ferry
... and half an hour later we were crossing the border
Now, I have to admit that apart from riding through Belgium on the way from Germany to England and vice versa numerous times, I didn't really know a great deal about this country...
So, be honest, what crosses your mind when you think of 'Belgium'?
... or the English saying "Belgium will be a nice country - when it's finished..."? :augie
There is a lot more to the place... :nod
... as we were soon going to find out when we arrived at Blackbert's
"Ah, some bike stuff at long last..."
Bert's latest toy, brought over from the UK four weeks earlier
Have a guess in which room we found this warning sign... :evil
Bert then showed us the sights and delights of Beveren
Spot the piglet!
While the boys settled for some drinks...
I thought I'd rather contribute to Bacon's cultural education and show him the Castle of Cortewalle
"If I had a few horses this could be nearly as exciting as riding a motorbike..."
I hope we didn't commit an outrage against the Belgian national pride here... :augie
"I can see Possu & Blackbert!"
Possu had been making friends with the locals in the meantime...
Still life with castle suspension bridge and piglet
Back home at Bert's...
... we were treated to a delicious dinner
Oi! Hands, knives and forks off Bacon!
Homemade mousse au chocolat... :yum
"What are you three having for dessert?" Nice try, Bacon... :rolleyes
And then it was bedtime...
As it is now and here - good night! :wave
More of Bacon's Belgian adventures to follow tomorrow...
Splendid hosting Pumpy and Possu....
:clap :clap :clap :clap :clap
Thanks, Chris, we wouldn't have met Bacon without your efforts to bring him to the UK in the first place. :thumb
Bacon's Belgian Adventure Part II
After a delicious breakfast the next morning (no food photos here for a change... :D ) we paid a visit to fellow Adventure Riders Rose & CrazyIvan
CrazyIvan looked still pretty rough after his little tumble during the International Dutch BMW GS Easter Meeting
“Well, the bike looks comparatively better off than its rider…”
“And judging by this well equipped workshop I would think that the KTM is also a lot quicker back on the road again...”
"This leads us to one of the big philosophical questions in life - how many engines does one human being need?"
Rose’s famous DRZ, faithful companion in many rallies and competitions
Possu’s delight – you should have seen his eyes when Steve spotted this prime example of fine craftsmanship and engineering
He pulled out all the stops and tried every single trick out of the seasoned salesman skills box to get them - but CrazyIvan stood firm: too much sweat, heart and soul had gone into these beauties...
“Can I have a pair of clogs as a souvenir, please?” Well, Bacon, I’m not convinced they go with your hair… :augie
After an opulent lunch (Dank U!) we left Nurse Rose and her patient to focus on a speedy recovery (get well soon, Wilf!) and headed towards Belgium’s capital Brussels.
Bert had arranged a splendid tour guide for us – his friend Celine, who impressed us deeply with her vast knowledge of the city... :bow
We saw an open air concert in the square of Sainte Catherine
Brussels Stock Exchange
The varieties of chocolate... :yum
Bacon thought he had gone straight to heaven...
The Grand Place in Brussels is one of the World Heritage Sites
... and attracts tourists of all sorts... :wink:
The magnificent buildings show the power and wealth of the guilds - the Museum of the City of Brussels was once the Bread House
The gothic Town Hall is meant to have been founded by the butcher's guild
Sometimes I wish I had a wide angle lense... :rolleyes
St Michael – the legend says that touching the bust of Brussels' patron will bring you luck and long life
Another of the many delights in this country - Belgian Waffles
“Oops, I thought he would be bigger…” 'Manneken Pis' or 'Petit Julien', one of Brussels' most famous landmarks
And for equality reasons we also visited Jeanneke Pis
Suddenly Bacon quite fancied the idea of getting really drunk…
… in the hope to meet other pink animals… :rolleyes
Fortunately there are many distractions in the centre of Brussels
Little alleys… “Look, like in Oxford!”
And beautiful architecture
Place d’Espagne “This Don Quijote reminds me of someone I know…?” :scratch
The Cathedral of St Michael and Ste Gudula
And finally Bacon got into his pub – the notorious 'A La Mort Subite'
“Are you really sure that I will die a sudden death when I drink this cherry beer?” Well, Bacon, it says on the tin… :augie
We'd better get something to eat now - and a restaurant that can be highly recommended is the Arcadi Café
Very nice atmosphere...
… and some of Brussels' best quiches
"Is this all for me?" Mmm, actually... no.
Poor Bacon, shouldn’t have left him alone when I went to the bathroom... :eek1
Unbelievable - and I thought they were my friends! :pissed
Yes, Bacon, I'll make sure that you get some compensation for that cruel treatment...
And some more...
Back at the Grand Place we looked a bit closer at the town hall’s façade
These gargoyles depict the legend of a judge and his nephew who assumed their relationship would save him from being brought to justice. After he had managed to escape punishment for years, he confessed a capital crime to his uncle who was already lying on his deathbed. Apparently there were still a strong sense of duty and some strength left in the old fellow...
Putting things into perspective...
Emerging night life
3 in 1 :augie
Brussels off the stage...
Celine then led us to the Hall of Justice, built from 1866 to 1883 and for which a considerable part of the old Brussels was demolished
The building spans so many levels that you can get completely lost inside (Celine & Bert were talking of experience...)
But the views were great – if you look closely you can spot the Atomium in the distance
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Thank you very much, Celine, for your time and a most excellent guided tour, much appreciated! :clap :clap :clap
We others drove home to Beveren, crossing the river Schelde and briefly stopping to see Antwerp’s cathedral
What a wonderful day – it definitely put Belgium on the map for us. Mission accomplished, Bert, and we had a great time in the process. :thumb
Where is the little chap now ????
We need an update.
I can't imagine who wouldn't want to trade places with Bacon and experience what he has been able to experience thanks to members around the world.
So I will take him to Llangollen this weekend and hand him back to Timpo and Sarah (they haven't finished their logbook entry yet... :deal), who will take Bacon to the 1st French ADVrider Rally next week.
If Bacon hasn't changed hands by the middle of June, he will travel to Italy/Slovenia with us for the 5th European ADVrider Rally where we'll try to pass him on - possibly to the Greek colleagues... :D
I still have some instalments of Bacon's Belgian and English adventures to post but you will understand that we had a few other things on our mind recently... :cry
Apologies that I didn't get round to finish my part of the report before Timpo started to write about Bacon's adventures at the 1st French ADVRider Rally and his stroll through Liverpool.
To keep the journey in chronological order, I will add the remaining days of Bacon's stay with us until the handover in Llangollen to this post. Sorry about the delay...
Instalment I - From Belgium back to the UK
Where did I stop? Ah ja, it was late at night on the banks of the river Schelde in Antwerp.
The next morning came far to quick and we had to say farewell to Blackbert… :cry
Taking our time getting cheap fuel and stocking up on foreign goodies at the local supermarket, we almost missed our ferry… :rolleyes
But the Norfolkline guys were pretty relaxed and let us pass – just 10 minutes prior to departure. :eek1 When we finally reached the deck, the boat had already left the harbour
Careful, Bacon, Possu can act quite weirdly when it comes to sharing his pastry…
We were really lucky with the weather that day
I haven’t seen Dover Castle that pin sharp very often
Bacon showed great interest in the procedure of docking a ferry...
...which is probably a bit more challenging than manoeuvring a motorbike…
“I hope they have checked the brake pads before we set off…”
But everything went smoothly and we arrived back at Possu’s dad early afternoon. The weekend away, seeing many new things and being with friends had really helped us a lot with clearing our heads.
The next day Bacon reminded us of his wish to have a closer look at the White Cliffs...
... to be continued
Return to Scotland
Perhaps Bacon needs to have another trip to Scotland for the beginning of June as it is the GOTC 09 on the 5-7th based in Ullapool. Scenery of the very highest level in Gods country.
This time I would hope that his stay would end on a more cheerful note as GOTC is an event of wicked good humour.
There must be some English Advriders heading for the "Clans" otherwise get him stamped and en route to me.
PS. As photographers go I make a good bike mechanic:D
Bacon needs to keep moving south now ....
:bow Brussels. Thanks for sharing the pictures!!
Pumpy, your Brussels guide wants you to know she enjoyed it as well and will be at your service again whenever needed.
Oh, and she likes your pictures too.:clap
had the good fortune to meet bacon at Llangollywotsit at the weekend.
he now speaks with a german accent.:lol3
i wonder where he got that from. :wink:
He's back with Timpo and Sarah Teach.... some how? :patch
We're now taking him to Florac, Lozere, France on Friday for the ADV France Rally next week.
From there he will probably go with someone else..... Robocab in Guernsey perhaps?
Pics to follow.....
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