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Old 05-11-2012, 12:45 AM   #31
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That's no good Bala...hurry up and get better fer chrissakes.

You're one in a million and you've got a ton of fans.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:49 AM   #32
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Fuckin hell I just came back from burying my dad and now this...

Positive thoughts to bala - greatest Irishman who ever lived!



His fish curry

Spot the Irishman
I do have some good shots and one very good shot but cant find at the mo.

AL58 was at his Australianisation ceremony

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Old 05-11-2012, 01:00 AM   #33
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Great Bloke! Bare foot Bala from the TTT is how I know him.
All the best for a speedy recovery.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:05 AM   #34
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Such a great person shouldn't have to go through this. I wish him well.

Get well mate.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:27 AM   #35
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I met Bala at a Karuah river rally a few years ago; even when he found out who I was he was up for a chat......Get well soon, Bala.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:08 AM   #36
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WELL Wishes

Get well mate. Our thoughts & postive energy are being ridden down your track to recovery.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:41 AM   #37
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Great Bloke! Bare foot Bala from the TTT is how I know him.
All the best for a speedy recovery.
The story goes like this - a whole bunch of us left North Richmond to go to the TTT. I was planning on waiting for Bala at North Richmond but those who knew him well said if he is not here by now don't wait for him (Bala is notorious for being late). So at Oberon we stop, have a pie etc and lo and behold Bala turns up on his X Challenge with Matt in tow.....

We all saddle up and Bala is still having a chat and yarn to someone and that was the last we saw of him until....

Come evening at the TTT, everyone is half tanked - we've eaten and getting warmed up around the fire - and out of the dark a lonely X Challenge turns up: Bala , but without Matt. They got lost and managed to go down a slimy dead end trail that Matt could not get out of and so he had to stay the night and get rescued in the morning...

Bala has obviously done a few creek crossings - his boots and socks are soaked, so he took them off and in near zero conditions starts wandering beer in hand around the camp saying hello to everyone, telling the story in his hilarious way and making new friends



But in temperatures in single digits and falling Bala is walking in bare feet



In the course of the evening Bala returns to our campfire and decides that his socks need drying...



Once that is done, he takes them off the grill - and Burnie turns up and wants to cook a steak :



Everybody watches in silence........

Burnie gets his meal ready, tucks in and then we tell him...

Next morning spots Bala with his camera, taking pix - in bare feet again (we had a frost that night). He shows how cool it his (and how cool HE is) by standing in ice



Looking back, one now wonders about circulation in the feet......
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:47 AM   #38
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Never met the man but have only heard good things about him. Never an ill word spoken.

Bala, get well soon and get back on 2 wheels.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:48 AM   #39
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bloody hell, hang in there Bala , never forget him wandering around bare foot all night at the TTT , funniest bloke Ive ever met
And then putting his socks on the BBQ plate to dry them out. (Andy strapz was impressed) then Bernie comes in late and cooks his steak on the plate ala Bala.

Oh yeah and who was it that he left to survive the night alone (Matt)

Get well mate u are what makes rallies and riding so enjoyable
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:55 AM   #40
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I was only thinking I hadn't seen Bala on here or about the tracks for a while.

Now the mystery is solved.

Chin up mate.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:27 AM   #41
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My thoughts are with Bala and his family.

Will only put positive thoughts in, let us know when he is well enough for visitors Viz.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:58 AM   #42
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Never met Curryinahurry but have heard some of the stories before and he's one of the guys I am looking forward to meeting.

Fingers crossed you can pull through this one Bala and we can bump into each other down the track somewhere.

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:30 AM   #43
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Get well soon Bala
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:03 AM   #44
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Never met the man, read his posts, particularly his eastern euro ride report, came across very much the bon vivant with a strong sense of corp d'esprit and all round good will to all men and women, and of course loves to ride. Hope very much to read and enjoy more posts from his keyboard. Come roaring back mister.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:55 AM   #45
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hell of a thing to have to go through, no matter how common or routine Doctors make it out to be. All strength to him.
What news from the hospital?
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