spins, trips, rants, raves, fotos, messin around and all that kinda stuff....

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by mka, May 23, 2013.

  1. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    yes...sir.......CKJ888.......well spotted.................this is a v-strom 1000 dl...............i took all the stickers and stuff off it one moody day............!!
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    thinking of spraying the silvery bits a matt black too.................but that will have to be another moody day..
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    next morning..........monday i think it was.............up early to catch the worm................this time to go up the east side of the lake...........again bestbikingroads dot com was to be my guide........and sunday i had already checked out the west side of the lake........................!
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    big eco bike friendly breakfast of straw....hay................and some nuts................perfect.............!!! the ladies on reception were, well, they were just fine, so I smiled and waved, smiled and waved, and in return i got almost but not quite a smile................maybe it was a sneer..............but maybe it was a disguised smile too....!!! perseverance pays off....!!
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    my good friend here tells me.............when entering a pub....smile at all the ladies............be friendly...........after all you are only going home with one of them.....!! (if lucky )
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    so after a filling swilling i head out and up the road..............it was cloudy and the further up i went the more so..............it was getting silly but maybe i would go above the clouds...!!!
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    i was making my way for Bocca di Navene (!)...............famous place bikers stop and shoot the breeze.............and eventually I found it in the mist
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    it looked closed and shut up but i ventured in to see what the crack was..............little old lady and a man just sitting there so i order coffee (to help wash down the straw stuck in my throat) and a bun/brioche/croissant
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    from this place there is supposed to be a magnificent view of lake garda and mountains etc but i could hardly see the end of my flute

    it is supposed to be 5,000 feet straight down from here (not to my flute !) to the lake !
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    so on and on.........lots of chalky white rock and steep drops to one side.............not easy to make out always as the mist clung (!) very thick in some spots.............but it
    was great fun anyway.............talking up a storm with myself.......both of us in good humour.............maybe the hay for breakfast has a low g.i. as our energy levels were soaring...........scooping round perfect bends.........!!.....maybe it was the third cup of coffee/jo at Bocca di Navene ?
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    this gives an idea of the tunnels/rocks etc................not a sinner anywhere, just us two...............not even animals were out............bit eerie but must be amazing when there is some visibility.
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    then i came out to a clearing.....fields.......etc..............and out of the mist come some.............COWS............yeah..................and back into the mist they strutted as if it was just another sunny day........
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    i stopped as i had nearly hit one as i was going 'too fast tommy, goin too fast' in the bends for the visibility.....i also thought it must be time to take of the sunglasses.........i do like to look very very cool (after all this is Italy !) but sometimes one needs to be practical.
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    gotta go.................the hay is going round my belly like a spin drier...........the straw has found a way out................oh and the nuts..........the nuts they hurt right now............
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  2. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    back again.....agus arais aris anois
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    the bocca navene run was really good even in the mist and next up was to be passo telegrafo..............!!!! this i thought was amazing, i may have been travelling a bit too fast
    now but it felt okay and there could be no other dickhead out on the windy tracks/boreens in this thick cloud !!!
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    passo telegrafo..........up the mountains on east side of lake garda..................mega, and the mist had cleared to reveal these kind of roads....they only got worse !!
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    there were some sheer drops here and the scenery was so incredible you would get distracted and plenty of areas where the barriers were gone............it was a pity i could not share
    this with another human........but who gives a shit...............i was having a good time (and me too !) (wanker)
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    parts of the trail were very steep which became more apparent when i stopped !! you know what i mean....!
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    at one stage i pulled up and took 5 to have a look down at the lake looking up at me looking down and then got going again............no big deal i hear you say............yeah no big deal i hear myself say too.........but when i tried my back brake on next twist down.....well how do i put it.....................there was no back brake.............nothing..............shit shit shit !!
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    what to do..........use the front use the gears use the head..........but she's starting to smell.......burning...............fu*k this ............i'm 3 mile up at least can't freewheel.......i think it was the shock of having no brakes that pissed me off......................no big deal but the bike is not a happy bunny right now..................and i don't want to have to walk down.......
    the bloody hill and find help in a language i cant speak.........aahhhhhhhhhhhhhh shit................!!!
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    with some very tight turns and just gravel surface with big rocks (fine normally) this was work now..................after about 5 to 10 minutes the brakes started to work a little and then a little more.........and now i could feel them having an effect..............thank f**k....i wont have to deal with having to walk (it was mega hot too )
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    eventually they kicked back in and i don't know why this happened but at one stage i was stopped and parked at a stupidly steep angle facing down and maybe the brake fluid flowed out of where it normally resides into an overflow thing........???...........i haven't a feckin clue actually..............but maybe as the angle eased out as i came down it flowed back into where it
    normally resides and decided to do it's f**kin job.........???!!!
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    this is her when i get back to more stable ground...............cooling off.............and letting me know who's boss...............!!!
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    better road surface now...
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    she's the boss...yeah, she's the boss.................been good to me long time now................sputtered a bit high up in alps............like coughed a bit........might have been the
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    she may have a big ass but i like her big ass..............she never complains.............ever...........the bike never complains either...
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    the lake in the background
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    so........back down to the main road..............and up that road like mad..............great road skirting the lake all the way north to riva again...........road was empty as it was just
    after lunch time and any decent person would be chilling out..................so the road was clear..............!!
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    back into riva...........i pulled in to the marina again just to get a ice cream or a beer or something
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    see the outline of the mountain in the distance.........it was looking like rain was coming soon..............very humid and close...........
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    i was trying to avoid going back to the eco hotel with its shitty bed and nothing else to look at.............but the drops were starting so i moseyed over and parked in their
    secure underground bike parking facility.............at least i was taking up a shedload of space........hahahahahaha.............!!
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    up to my abode and then the skies opened...................rain..........we know nothing about rain...................this was biblical................truly ferocious rain.............it bounced off
    everything.............bigger drops than i thought possible...................it rained for forty minutes and forty minutes and forty minutes..............it never quit for hours
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    the power went off in the dingy room.........it was a deluge................

    it washed away all the unrepentant.......unrighteous.........overly zealous.........crazily religious........................disgustingly pious..................morally atrocious.........mega f**ks from
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    man...it rained down....i went outside when all others looked on..............and the feeling came down, down from above, and it moved within me.............and i was cleansed
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  3. ckjj888

    ckjj888 Been here awhile

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  4. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    yo yo yo yo...............delay guardia my fault big time................ ckjj888 appppooooooolooogiessssss.........
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    cleansed............yeah.............washed clean...........washed deep.................'way up to caledonia' ............. and the e street choir ............. san anselmo and here comes the night
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    and it stoned me to myself......just like jelly roll...........jelly roll soul..........here it comes..........here comes the night.............
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    a flower to celebrate, just an ordinary simple flower..............ah been workin'.................ah been workin' so hard
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    so dere we was all cleansed up and feelin righteous and good..............ready to eat some of god's food...........some soul food............ready
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    and the rain rain rain came down down down in splishing splashing sploshes.................
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    back to earth now................just a hummin and singin and dreamin and thinkin and generally schmoozin......but i'm back now.............yessss sssiiirrr.............eeeeeeeeeee...
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    so i ate and i ate and it filled me to my soul..................and i went to bed and covered my head and didn't come down till morning.............then
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    i combed my hair with the leg of the chair.............and way on up to caledonia.......
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    checked out of the california jelly roll soul eco hotel after hay and straw and some nuts..........it was time to head homeward bound...........
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    the sun came up on the lake and it looked good....this be Salo area I think.
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    my last long look at lake garda was the spin down the west side of the lake early............i had planned to had back to Varenna area by going over 'the high mountain road' all around the bloomin heather...........
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    so one last look at the lake..........see behind the pool some old ruins from long ago
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    right so............i head for Storo and then Bagoglino (i say these names like i know something about these places but i know nothing....nothing)
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    going over passo di croce domini and passo di vivione...........lots of wrong turns..............a few silent f**ks................and many happy scenic views..........!!
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    small village en route.................stopped for a coffee to wash down the remnants of straw stuck in my teeth.........dismounted ma horsie.......and moseyed inside.....dark....just
    three souls here........ordered ma coffee..........no milk.........latte..............milch..........f**k i cant drink it black.............but i had to drink it black...........the three ignored me awhile
    i watched......seems one was a travelling salesman..........other two were man/wife gent/lady s/m boy/girl top/bottom............speaking of bottom, she was cute out.........and still they ignored me another while..........i could just sit and watch...........the two were buying or thinking of buying mountain boots and deep in discussion.............must be some sort of man/woman private bedroom game thing going on.....who knows.......................couldn't possibly be for walking in, no way.........i should look into this in the future...
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    bit of a lake up in the hills
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    i must have been on the high road to nowhere i took that many wrong turns.....i didn't meet a soul, not one, after the threesome earlier...........so i just chatted to myself....mostly inconsequential boring harmless chit chat and the time passed as it does when you are faintly amused at the state of affairs you find yourself in.
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    a bit ugly a bit fugly a bit weird a bit strange but a bit like a kiwi too................?
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    as i roved out and moved on i came toward passo vivione.......i think this is near here...........time was moving on and i suppose i would have to speed it up but i didn't want to spoil the mood that had taken forever to get into...............so i just said f**k it and kept going my way.........
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    i suppose i should have made an effort to talk to more people while touring around but it didn't seem right and..........the one numpty who did talk to me.stefan. well...........enough said about that conversation............
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    the high road was a lonesome freakin place afterall...........not even a cafe........hardly any cows..........and lots of clouds and mist
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    lots of twists and turns and ups and downs and all that stuff.................i was thinkin more about home now..........inevitable when your trip winds down and your time is up.....!!
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    skinny road this one..
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    cloudy day....
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    i made my way over hill and down dale and round corner too...................slowly winding my way back to the start and therefore the end of this spin out and about.............i suppose i was at this time nearly done................ready to go back to the real world............a world full of worries/problems/shitstorms/hassles/crap.........but it was getting nearer..........i could smell it now.........it was in the wind.............my time was nearly done................my ticket nearly punched.......no way out..............face the music..........but i would start to plan the next trip immediately i got home...........keeps the sanity and pushes the madness back down to where you don't realise it lurks.................!!
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    i make my way through a big town with a big castle (no i don't know the name....possibly Brieno...Brano ??)
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    went through another town Edolo................and wound my way towards Sondrio and Morbegno and on and on...............it started to piss down by now................great lumps of sky were falling and hitting the road all around me................but inside my world - within my lid - all was cosy all was well all was magical
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    pissed down all the way back to Varenna but i didn't buy into it..............wet or not wet...............it's how you look at it.
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    phoned my buddy H and we would meet up at varenna caffe for a slap up feed.................he came over in his red boat, me on my horsie.............caught up on old times.......chewed the fat........rosso rosso rosso...........eyed the hunnies.........had some coffee...............chilled out
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    next day...........i had to give horsie a bath...............clean between her legs..............oil her up good..................and polished her face............
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    tied her up (she likes to be tied up).................left her..................took train to milan
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    and did everything in reverse..........flew from malpensa..........to dublin...............pick up car...........drive home.........12 hours from horsie to home...............!!!
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    did around 2,000 km approx............horsie was totally at ease nearly all the time....................no bother at all
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    so, all done..................thank you for your time and your infinite patience..................this seemed to go on forever..............i would appreciate your comments no matter how foul or otherwise they may be...................how else am i going to learn anything...............i don't always want to have to say DOH..........!!!
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    now.....................where to next time..........................????
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  5. windmills

    windmills Gnearly Adventurer

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    Mate! I don't care where you go, just make sure you share it with us.
    Love your work, most entertaining. :D

    Highlights this time...
    Stefan, beautiful, beautiful scenery, posh old places, great roads...
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    Wow!
    And COWS!!!
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  6. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    hey WINDMILLS...............thank you kindly for your positive comments.............it helps big time...........as good as another tablet........
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    and sometimes i feel like a motherless child...............im feelin fine.................would or could.............and when i heard and ................... touching warm...reaching out....sweet caroline
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    im feelin fine...................good times never felt so good.......................
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    so i am planning another spin out.......flights long booked...............excuses made.............ducks all in a row................time to go.............mid september.......
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    fly to milano...........collect bike - this will take couple of hours - then head east towards slovenia.....bovec.......lake bled.........ljubljana.......sorted out some best biking routes..............this is the only real point of trip............ljubljana to postojna to jelsane and so to senj in croatia...............???
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    so, croatia and on down west coast to zadar keeping to coast trogir..............to split and maybe makarska
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    on to dubrovnik.................supposed to be nice place.................then on towards montenegro and herceg novi area..............bit of exploring here hopefully.......nice girls ??
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    then probably head back northwards generally..........go through bosnia................here many moons ago in another world...in another time.........fado fado
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    would like to head back up the to slovenia and stop on return near or on lake d'Iseo at foot of alps.............then back to the stable with horsie.............gotta get her wormed
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    i was told never to say where i was going but instead say that i was going toward wherever................?

    so i'm hoping to go towards these places..............?
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    this is just a notion and nothing is cast in stone..................
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    nothing seems ever cast in stone but for the stone that will stand above us for all eternity........yeah that one is truly cast in stone.......
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    and life they say.........life is for the living, not for the dead
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    and the phone rings and rings and rings....................and i ignore it and i ignore it and i ignore it.............pray to a god i don't believe in....................and the phone stops ringing
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    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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  7. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    so much for 'up that road..........'
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    i didn't make it to glen' this week as we had a new arrival at the house.................another baby so to speak..............or more to the point another mouth to feed.....!!!
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    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..............!!
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    the kids fell for it.........been looking forever..............whole crew say they will wipe its ass..........teach it to speak etc etc ..............but i don't know..........
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    so it was a short spin this time...............and why not Leitrim.....................lovely Leitrim..................why not indeed..............??
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    it was hot (hot for us anyway...23 degrees......phew...!!) and muggy and rainy and sunny and lots of other stuff all at once.............
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    you'd be sweatin bullets while riding then get off bike and freeze (arseways i know but thats what it was)
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    below is lough melvin...................home of some cannibal trout and fish that don't exist anywhere else................gilaroo trout...........?? i know bollox all about fish as most things but maybe you could foogle it ?!
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    so i'm traipsing round lovely leitrim looking for some mischief to get into.............but hardly anyone about..................very low population density in leitrim (foogle it)
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    it seems leitrim doesn't like frackers..........!!! as in 'NO FRACKING WAY...' and 'FARM NOT FRACK' and 'FRACK OFF...!!'
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    it seems to be a kind of shale extraction method for getting gas etc from deep underground but can cause damage to water etc..........you guys in the big old US know all about this
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    even the fish object to frackin' and fish object to frack all usually............!!
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    it seems in fermanagh too the whole fracking thing is a no no ............ !! dead right i say ....................... it has frack all to do with me but i say up the rebels and let them all f**k off
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    so........... i ride on and the sun slips its shine out and in behind the puffy boys scudding across the blue stuff............it's mighty weather for the time of year.
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    i couldn't help myself.................i damn near fell off the bike when i spied these beauties.................just lollygagging around..............i was near gagging too...
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    be still me beating heart.................but on such a fine fine day all aglowing with a sheen on her coat and the russet hue from her haunches...........it was a delight to behold.
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    i stheadied meself and slid on a bit.............thinkin of the beauty that surrounds us...............but i was dying for a drink of frackless water..........over a wee bridge and slurped some
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    this countryside bees full of weeds..............weeds to us and flowers to you................and dinner to the little bucks that fly all about
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    i spied a wee flying buck working her way round the flowers and such............says i, there's a fine arse on that one if you happened to be a wasp............and even though i didn't
    happen to be a wasp i still thought 'there's a fine arse on that one'.........................well, she was that busy buzzing and all, she didn't even see me approach..............so i admired
    from afar and let her carry on with her merry search.........................beauty is all around indeed and i'll let you appreciate the pose upon which my gaze landed and i know you'll agree
    ..............what a beauty from behind indeed...........!
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    as i was scudding along the back roads it came to me there wasn't one bit hardly that could be called a straight true bit of road..............not one..........i think this to be true more in
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    one bright spark to figure out what to do with them............he came up with the ingenious idea of building roads.........but roads with loads of bends and twists..............loads of them........
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    and this bright spark got the roads built and lo the signs were verily used up right quick and soon the bright young spark rose through the ranks of leitrim county council and on and up and his name
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    as is the way with this world of ours mr not so bright spark got promoted too and i think he became a priest......................ha ha ha ha ha ha.............
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    ah yes................i was wondering where my other self was...................your'e back...............hello.................fu**k off you............. ah come on don't be like that
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    downhill...................downhill indeed now he's here.............and i was getting all arty farty there for a while............well...that's shot to shit now......
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    no i will not let the ould bollox in with all his negative comments and corrupt ideas............so i'll be back once i can get the fecker back into the box he jumped out of.........
    it may take some time.............!!
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  8. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    grand................he's off up to the pub to annoy some other poor fecker............good riddance.............but..at times he has a point in his outlook, definitely...
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    ......the natural green hairy bits and the hardness of her skin............by god i was taking it all in right enough...............it made me a man to feast my eyes on all her amazingness.................i was getting a right good hard look at her for sure................just me and her............in nature..............alone and all...........oh my god indeed.............but jaysus she looked well hard in the bright sunlight...............just looking back at me...............hhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..............!!
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  9. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for taking us along on that wonderful trip! If ever I get the chance......Just beautiful, all of it:clap
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  10. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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  11. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    trouble with him...............it went a bit like................'you sick perverted bestial excuse for a man.............have you no dignity.............no shame...............no morals..........do
    you wish to rot with the devil for eternity.................' a lot of that kind of chat, you get the picture
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  12. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    sheepishly................she says, all coy................hhhhhhhhhaallllllloooooooo...................i'm all out of superlatives and just grin back at her like a brain dead neanderthal........
    ...........i'm all out of words at the best of times...........just the stupid grin............................then she waves, smiles and rides on............into the sunset or whatever...
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  13. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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  14. windmills

    windmills Gnearly Adventurer

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    Oh mate!
    What a hairstyle!
    Thank you.

    Keep up the good work... I really enjoy dropping into your thread to see whats new.
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  15. windmills

    windmills Gnearly Adventurer

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    ps: I shall make it my mission to find the most stunning of English cows for you. Haha.
    pps: Congrats on the Beemer, very tidy! (Tigger is even prettier though... )
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  16. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    ...........dedication and the love of riding..........!!
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  17. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    so i head over towards donegal bay and end up skirting up around cliffoney and mullaghmore cos you never know what fillies be out and about these parts
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    ........like a vision from heaven..............i heard the angels
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    this appeared on the road (to damascus -small village in the next valley !!)............right in front of me.
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  18. Shooby

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    Be well
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  19. windmills

    windmills Gnearly Adventurer

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    Ok, so I am a London boy, and therefore not altogether up on farming and all that...

    But... this shapely young beastie seems to have the same number in her ear tag as "my" cow.
    How does that work then? What are the chances of that?
    Standing by to be edu-ma-cated. :D
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  20. Gham

    Gham Long timer

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    I'm only on page 2 (back from Scotland) and kick myself for not finding this sooner.
    Great job on the pics and report.Love the history lessons also.I'll likely catch up by this weekend,just wanted to say hello and how much I'm enjoying your travels.:clap
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