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Discussion in 'Europe' started by Timpo, Mar 21, 2013.
Holy s......now :eek1 Wales has its own Yeti
Hey, Andy n me really enjoyed the whole experience
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
i really did enjoy the whole experience
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
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
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!
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.
You are not a soft-boiled egg, Dene, are you?
Always hard, but thank for asking.
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...)
... 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...
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...
Skis would actually have been quite appropriate, as suggested earlier...
Karin seemed to rather enjoy the whole experience and captured it all on film (can't wait to see the videos!)
Oops, the snow didn't always guarantee a soft landing - but heyho, there's still enough space for two fingers...
Overall, the downhill journey was a lot quicker and rather relaxing...
... and we even had time to admire the countryside
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.
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...
It seems I missed out a great weekend of snowriding, steaks and beer DAMN
Hey, you got some new wings on your new bike
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.
Hope to see you all when the weather warms up!
Sleeping in the tent was the easy part. Getting out of it in the morning was more of an 'adventure'.
A week ago,
* I was playing in the snow
Think this was the first time that I've seen so much snow together, as far as I can remember
Friday went to Wales, the closer to the destination, the more white / black was the view.
Tent set up on a layer of snow.
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:
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
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.
with the encouragement of some polar bears
5 men and 3 women in our group
Both with not so smooth snow equipment, tires and it weight made ​​it difficult.
the moto continued stabbing and the men could start pushing
once up after the climb
the road was too slippery to ride back and then we turn it back down ...
advantage of the thick layer of snow, you could just park your motorcycle in a track:
and you footrests were stabbing in the snow
I have a short drive first, no trace to drive, I would not last long :eek1
A Dutch tradition?
OOPS, I had better not say anything
And then .... drive the other two dirtgirls back to the pub, and I ....went further riding ....
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!
where we know that? Husaberg's not like that their numberplate
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
We have for about untill 15h white lanes ridden, then refuel and return, tired but satisfied at the pub
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
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 °
First eat, and try that mass English coins to get rid
Pardon? do the dishes
Breakfast: in the room, with very high important visit
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.
Great stuff Karin. They were very tough conditions!
Good photo's from everyone.
Just come back from a muddy Wiltshire & Berkshire ride with Loz, conditions couldn't have been different.
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...
I hope that it's as dry, as the tour that I've ridden yesterday?
I look forward to it
Glad you all enjoyed it.
Well done Timpo
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.
Thanks, Mike F