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Old 10-23-2012, 07:20 PM   #166
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #167
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So here's Terry "Old Blue Eyes" Brown

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Old 10-24-2012, 04:49 AM   #168
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Great past adventures man! Makes me want to drop my job and family and spend whole summers thrashing my way across continents, but Im sure Id be returning to neither in the end, so Im content to watch yours. Bring it on!
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:04 AM   #169
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post
On 12th May, Rick and I met up at the Ace Cafe in London, bikes loaded up ready for action, and made our way up to Terry's place, near Cambridge, where we would spend out first night. The ride started ominously. Rick got lost trying to find the Ace Cafe and then I ran out of fuel on the way to Terry's place. But we made it and settled in for some Indian take away.
Shame I hadn't known you guys would be in Cambridge otherwise I'd have ridden out to wish you well and introduce the Africa Twin to some of it's descendants ;)

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Old 10-24-2012, 08:28 AM   #170
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Poland to Ukraine

We woke up at Movistar's place ... were fed a lovely breakfast, then asked Robert where we could find a bike shop to get a replacement front tyre to replace the one Rick burnt a hole thru. Robert went into his shed, and pulled out a brand new 90/90x21 knobbly and showed into Rick's hands.

"How much do you want for it mate?" we asked Robert.

"No, nothing. Just take it."

Arguing followed of course. Robert won. He refused to take any money.

Eastern European hospitality had well and truly begun.

It was sunny when we left Wroclaw, and we headed down the E40 motorway towards the Ukraine Border, a days ride away. Before long, it began raining, and for the second day we rode mostly in the wet.

We pulled into the town of Rzeszow about 80 km from the Ukraine, in the pouring rain, and decided here is where we change our tyres... put on the knobblies. Due to the combination of pouring rain, the cold, the evening darkness setting in, and the fact that Rick hadn't changed a tyre before, we decided to find a tyre shop and get them to do it.

Actually we half did the tyres and they did the bits that require the tyre machine.

Then in the pouring rain, in the dark now and on fresh knobblies (a great combination), we headed down some back roads for the border town of Przemysl, filled up with fuel and made for the border. Over the course of two hours or so we crossed the borders, got ourselves some Ukrainian cash and insurance and finally got underway into the Ukraine ... now around 9pm with the rain still pelting down.

The rather attractive girl who sold us our insurance had recommended a hotel in the first town that we should stay at, 8 km (5 miles) down the road. One of us, cant remember who, suggested she join us for a drink at the hotel bar, but she assured us she had to work until 6am on an all night shift, and would not be able to join us for a beer or several.

We found the hotel, a new place on the edge of town, and they happily gave us a triple room for about 10 bux per person per night. Down in the restaurant, now changed and dry, we enjoyed a nice meal of pork steaks and beer.

We had made it to the start line ... The dirt turnoff was less than 5km (3 miles) back towards the border. It was pissing down rain, but we were now warm and dry and hopefully tomorrow would bring us sunshine.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:19 AM   #171
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Stumbled on this thread just yesterday while at work.

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Old 10-24-2012, 01:38 PM   #172
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:42 PM   #174
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post
and the fact that Rick hadn't changed a tyre before
Holy shite? Dunno if I'd attempt a long off road ride without a bit of practice at home. Geeze......some balls you got, Rick! Wait.....are you kidding Walter??
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:19 PM   #175
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:05 PM   #176
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Oh yes! Can't wait for the rest:)
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:35 PM   #177
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Holy shite? Dunno if I'd attempt a long off road ride without a bit of practice at home. Geeze......some balls you got, Rick! Wait.....are you kidding Walter??
Something tells me Walter is not kidding.

That being said, I will always remember the first time I changed a tire on my DR. It was hell breaking the bead off of the stock rims. It was the stock Trail Wing and subsequent tire changes became only a smidge easier. I run Maxxis Deserts and the sidewalls are as stiff as can be and the bead on the stock rims is always a challenge..

I'm interested in hearing if Rick shed any gear along the way!

Looking forward to updates, but knowing Walter's style I know we will be enjoying this thread for more than a bit, not that I am being critical.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:08 PM   #178
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Totally in! Colebatch not only is a true adventurer, but he also is a pro at making a ride report come alive.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #179
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As a lifelong jazz musician now at 50 yrs of age, sometimes have to sell my bike to keep a roof over my head, an

adventure like this will never be a reality for me (what the hell do you folks who pull this off do for a living anyway?).

So here I find myself subscribing to a thread for the very first time.

Doing what I do I've been fortunate to see a lot of the world and once even had a boyhood dream come true when before

returning to the US after an extended gig at a hotel in Singapore, I spent every bit of my savings from that gig and went

jungle trekking in Borneo for 12 days. So count me in! I'll be the little green guy over here in the corner, thankful to be

brought along

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:03 AM   #180
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post

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Unfortunately, Rick realised he had tied his front knobbly a little too close to the exhaust ... it was now useless. We would have to find a replacement the next morning.
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