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Old 09-09-2012, 06:22 PM   #421
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Very interesting BRAVO
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:33 AM   #422
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The pictures are great....looks like everyone is having a good time.


It's a good one of Thelma, but OMG I look somewhat tubby in this photo

Don't think any of us see you as tubby
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:27 PM   #423
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The pictures are great....looks like everyone is having a good time.


It's a good one of Thelma, but OMG I look somewhat tubby in this photo

Don't think any of us see you as tubby
I think you need to take a closer look at the picture in question
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:46 PM   #424
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Yep, I was off to the BMW MOA Rally in Sedalia, Missouri. We rode up in groups from the Ozarks and gathered in the GS Giants Camping area



Ryan wasted no time in getting his hammock up- except that his KTM wasn't sturdy enough for the job and he had to borrow someone's GS as a tethering post




Some of the guys found a place they felt more at home



and put their tents up in the shade inside the Swine Barn...

There were so many things to do, including a Welcome Dinner hosted by Vince Winkel



Lots of fun and laughs, and I got to meet a female motorcycling legend...Voni Glaves, who has ridden over a million miles on BMW bikes.




Meanwhile, they were using JCBs and trucks to create an off-raod skills course next to our campsite, it was starting to look like this



But to be honest, I waited until it was getting dark for my first trial run



the nervous smile says it all as I surveyed the scenes of carnage, where bikes had fallen all along the course




But actually it's Thelma's rear tyre the camera should have zoomed in on, as it was decidedly smooth looking...
and was that mud and...gulp, sand out there on the course
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:03 AM   #425
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There is a lot to see and do at the MOA Rally, including the rather bizarre firing of a heavy item into the air every day at 4pmI'm not sure what that was about.

Plenty of talks and seminars and also all the exhibitors, including several old friends, so I had quite a social time.

An evening in the bar with the GS Giants



Houston had his tattoos on display



Meanwhile, there was some "work" being done at the off-road course



The sneaky sods are making everything wetter including the already deep, slippery and tricky mud section. Step forward the driver...



Yep, it's that Sonny Johns from Texas - he had a bit of a telling off from me about making the course more difficult.

The next day I tracked down a bike similar to Thelma



Her owner agreed he had the same wheels as me, and then while he was looking the other way, I proceeded to remove the rear one.



I popped the wheel onto Thelma and went for a practice run in daylight



Although the tyre was well-worn, it was a good deal better than the tyre I already had and so I negotiated to borrow the wheel for the competition. Step forward Scott "Voice of a Choirboy" Nogrady



Owner of the GS in question and who happily agreed to share his wheel with me, the only slight obstacle being that he was also competing, so we would need a bit of slick work in the pits to swap over the wheels between bouts.

COMPETING???

Yes, the woman who does not like competitions and hates it when people are watching her ride had agreed (over a beer or two) to take part in the GS Giants competition. As the smallest person and sole female competing I wasn't in with a chance but I hoped I might inspire other women to take part. Everyone was very supportive and now that I had the offer of Scott's wheel, I would at least be able to get Thelma around the track through the mud and sand.

The competition was due to take place the next day so we all went out to discuss tactics...in the bar However, the guys were distracted by the karaoke



and proceeded to bring the bar down with their singing



Even after the DJ had tried to finish, the guys were still passing the microphone aorund the table...Green Day's Closing Time will never sound the same again to me after its raucous rendition by the GS Giants
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:26 AM   #426
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Competition Day dawned bright and dry (this is the Mid-West in summer)

A big fry up for breakfast to get me in the right frame of mind...they didn't seem to know what I meant when I asked for fried bread- another Brit culinary delicay that has yet to make its way onto the menus of America.



First I had to race off to the other side of the Showground to give a talk about my travels to a group of about 150 people



(Don't tell my Mum I was riding in my sandals)

Racing back it was straight into the pits, Scott had completed his ride and with some willing helpers, I swapped over the wheels





Then, bike gear on and I was off to the start line,



Watching with increasing trepidation, the other competitors






Did I mention the mud??!!




Many fell



It was looking scarier by the minute



I was joined at the start line by Jeanae, who, upon seeing me enter had decided to take part as well...girl power!



We swapped stories and tips



And then it was my turn.
My stomach was churning, my race number was called out as I rode past the score keepers



and onto the course










Thelma did me proud and stayed upright, I only put a foot down once and that was in the dreaded mud. I have to be honest and confess I didn' take the hardest route through the course - I would need knobbly tyres to even think about that.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:11 AM   #427
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Very captivating....I trust we'll get to see the rest of the run?
Thanks for sharing..... :)
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:26 AM   #428
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Thanks Tiffany for posting your travel adventures I'm really enjoying it, like your style and humor and you inspire me.. Thanks for this girl power flavour (among the many testosterone, and often very nice, ride reports !)
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:14 AM   #429
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:15 AM   #430
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Glad you're all enjoying the RR.
Not many more photos of my competition run.



I think this one was taken by Kevin, shortly before I narrowly ran him over- well, if he will stand in the middle of the course in a bright yellow t-shirt....
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:53 AM   #431
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Laugh Couldn't Shake Off Those GS Giants

I was wrong, I've just had it pointed out to me that there are other pictures on Facebook, where various people had their cameras out on the track.


In my defence, I would like to add that this was during my late evening practice run with the wornout rear tyre (the front one has a LOT of tread in comparison) and so it's not surprising that Thelma wasn't keen on getting through the sand.


Back to the competition and Scott was quick to take back his wheel



Whilst Clayton checked out the dismal state of my brake drum



Then it was time to relax, I'd finished my minor bit of competing...and in front of a crowd I'd like to thank all the GS Giants for their fantastic camaraderie and support - not just for me but all of us who were there and whether we competed or not.

I headed off to the Airhead Beemers Club



They had the right idea..a marquee with sofas, rugs and they were serving beer.

They very kindly checked over Thelma's brake situation



I can't remember exactly what the guy in the socks was doing, but at one point there were five blokes with their hands on Thelma.


I was relieved to hear that the verdict was..nothing to be done about it, just be careful when I'm braking.

With my tyres looking dismal, I went to see the nice folk at No Mar.



Steve and Sue, the owners, took one look at Thelma's tyres and very generously offered to replace them with new tyres for free
Fantastic people. The guys got to work



I didn't get all their names



But I would like to thank them all very much.



Thelma's looking great.


Back to the Adventure Summit,


where some well-deserved trophies were being handed out

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Old 09-18-2012, 12:01 PM   #432
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:14 PM   #433
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I opted for L- as that was the only one without a number. does it mean Lounge?
Was it the lowest level?
Maybe the preceeding HEL fell off.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #434
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:26 AM   #435
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Score!!

I'm an Airhead too, nothing like them.

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What do you nmean function over form- Thelma is a beautiful bike and she performs fantastically well, especially considering what I get her to do

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Maybe the preceeding HEL fell off.
I like that one better than Lobby.

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Great RR
For a moment I thought you were one of THE Bordens (Sandy, Terry and Jack) and then I saw the Canadian bit. Isn't Borden an Army Base over there?
As for the tyres, doing well so far, but bloody hell they're noisy
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