March Moon 2013. And the weatherman said......

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Timpo, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Karin

    Karin Adventurer

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    Holy s......now :eek1 Wales has its own Yeti :D

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  2. youaintseenme

    youaintseenme n00b

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    Hey, Andy n me really enjoyed the whole experience :freaky

    apart from the freezing cold night in the van
    and the piste bashing that knackers you in seconds
    and the sweat cooling down as you hang around waiting for some other poor sap to bash piste
    and the smell of cooking clutch

    oh wait

    i really did enjoy the whole experience :wink:

    cos I didnt get cold in the van with my two sleeping bags and my big sheet of tri-iso 10 super insulation
    and what a laugh it was piste bashing when you have to sit on the rear mudguard in order to get the front wheel to ride over the snow a bit and get max traction on the rear
    and why would I worry about sweat when Im in my awesome 'fireman sam' outfit. Its fabulous stuff for winter riding and all designed to keep you warm n dry but not too hot, good for getting cars to move out of your way when playing in the traffic too.
    And it wasnt my clutch cooking anyway :D

    And so cool to see all those familiar faces from previous encounters.

    Hey, I'll be back ( if im allowed ) and a huge thank you to Timpo for putting it all together
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  3. Rondini

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    Excellent time playing in the snow chaps! Thanks Timpo for organising such a good bash in the face of serious adversity - looking forward to the next (warmer?) one already!
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  4. red66

    red66 Dene

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    Thank you so much, I was realy pleased to be part of it. All the parts to a real adventure, grest company, challenging terreane and plenty of memories. Just wanted to say thank you for organising such a great event. Would like to try a sunny one next. :D
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  5. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    You are not a soft-boiled egg, Dene, are you? :evil
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  6. red66

    red66 Dene

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    Always hard, but thank for asking. :wink:
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  7. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    Ok, on with my report of the weekend:

    You may remember, we hadn't even reached the end of our first lane when another obstacle was identified.

    And while Ilse was still inch-ing her way up the hill - actively supported by ChrisUK (and morally by Dene...)
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    ... Robbie C reported that the tarmac road to Bwlchyddar was just un-ride-able and that we had to turn back the way we had come... :huh

    Trust me, Ilse, gravity is your friend... :evil
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    Just let the bike roll / slide under its own weight, engine off, brake by adjusting the grip on the clutch lever and leave your feet on the ground... :D
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    Skis would actually have been quite appropriate, as suggested earlier...
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    Karin seemed to rather enjoy the whole experience and captured it all on film (can't wait to see the videos!) :ear
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    Oops, the snow didn't always guarantee a soft landing - but heyho, there's still enough space for two fingers... :augie
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    Overall, the downhill journey was a lot quicker and rather relaxing...
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    ... and we even had time to admire the countryside
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    Ilse and I decided that we'd had enough fun at that point and returned to the pub - while Karin held the Dirty Girls flag high and continued to Mount Pleasant and three more lanes with the boys. :clap

    We had managed the stately distance of 5.3 miles in three hours - but I would like to point out that we were not the first ones back at the Green Inn!

    To be continued...
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  8. IamTRooPeR

    IamTRooPeR TRooPER from Belgium

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    It seems I missed out a great weekend of snowriding, steaks and beer DAMN




    Hey, you got some new wings on your new bike :clap
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  9. 118118

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    Well done to all that made it to the pub and who battled throughout the weekend. I would like to say i'm sorry i missed it but for once I'm glad i was nice and warm at home. I love the photos and videos, it passes an hour or so.
    Again, congratulations to all that slept in tents and made it through the adventure. :clap
    Hope to see you all when the weather warms up!
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  10. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    Sleeping in the tent was the easy part. Getting out of it in the morning was more of an 'adventure'. :D
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  11. Karin

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    A week ago,
    * I was playing in the snow

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    Think this was the first time that I've seen so much snow together, as far as I can remember


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    Friday went to Wales, the closer to the destination, the more white / black was the view.

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    Tent set up on a layer of snow.

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    with plenty of warm sleeping bags

    Yet around 3hrs at night I woke up, my tent was collapsed by a thick layer of snow, which I tried to push snow off, but did not move
    ** Then just lying flat on start searching for the exit, which was completely snowed.
    After vigorous shaking of the tent came back in some form:

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    But I was very glad it was only the snow on my tent and was not thick branch of the great oak, which collapsed under the weight :eek1

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    On Saturday morning long doubted whether I would go ride, I would at least try, I stood there now so far in Wales with my motorbike.

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    with the encouragement of some polar bears


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    5 men and 3 women in our group

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    Both with not so smooth snow equipment, tires and it weight made ​​it difficult.


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    the moto continued stabbing and the men could start pushing


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    once up after the climb

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    the road was too slippery to ride back and then we turn it back down ...


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    advantage of the thick layer of snow, you could just park your motorcycle in a track:

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    deep track

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    and you footrests were stabbing in the snow

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    I have a short drive first, no trace to drive, I would not last long :eek1

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  12. Karin

    Karin Adventurer

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    A Dutch tradition?:evil

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    OOPS, I had better not say anything :D

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  13. Karin

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    And then .... drive the other two dirtgirls back to the pub, and I ....went further riding ....:D


    The speed of the men was significantly higher, have almost no pictures taken, I had too much to hang the throttle. :eek1

    A high steep climb, succeeded! :clap

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    where we know that? Husaberg's not like that their numberplate :wink:


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    Up there somewhere in the snow, it was already noon, luckily someone had candy bars, energy we could still use

    Back down the thick white layer on to the brown suds, terribly well kept my motorbike right there:D

    We have for about untill 15h white lanes ridden, then refuel and return, tired but satisfied at the pub :1drink

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    The owners of the pub had pity on us and let us sleep on Saturday evening in the pub, tables / chairs to the side, rows of mattresses and sleeping bags in place, earplugs and :snore:snore:snore:snore:snore:snore
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  14. Karin

    Karin Adventurer

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    Sunday, the parking lost after some 4x4 help, increasingly empty.

    Now, a warm goodbye to the pub owners.

    Driven back, and at the third attempt found a place to sleep, great shower, great beds and heating at 23 ° :D

    First eat, and try that mass English coins to get rid :lol3


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    Pardon? do the dishes

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    Breakfast: in the room, with very high important visit

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    It was a SUPER weekend, much toil, much fun, again a great experience richer: snow driving

    Timpo Thanks for the invitation to this very adventurous trip.

    And a big thank you to Gazz, I could drive in your group, we still have some distance done, difficult, but fun.

    And thanks for the other men in the group, for the patience.
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  15. Gazz

    Gazz In a rut

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    Great stuff Karin. They were very tough conditions!
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  16. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    Good photo's from everyone.

    Just come back from a muddy Wiltshire & Berkshire ride with Loz, conditions couldn't have been different.
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  17. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    Great pics and story, Karin!

    Glad you had fun overall and found the long journey worthwhile.

    Hope the weather will have slightly improved by August... :D
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  18. Karin

    Karin Adventurer

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    I hope that it's as dry, as the tour that I've ridden yesterday?:D

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    I look forward to it:clap
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  19. robbie c

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    Glad you all enjoyed it.

    Great weekend,

    Well done Timpo :clap:clap:clap
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  20. mfredrik

    mfredrik Riding this weekend?

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    Meeting in the Green Inn car park at 9.00 for a 9.30am depart on the bikes. I'll be doing a decent loop and hope to return to Green Inn at 5.00pm latest.

    See here for details, and if any of the MMers want to join me - there's room for a few more.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21099355#post21099355

    Thanks, Mike F
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