UK ADV March Moon Meeting 2011 in Powys, Wales

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Pumpy, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    Last weekend saw yet another of those brilliant trail riding events which involved having a craic, a few beers, evening meals and two days of "let's do some lanes while we are here".

    As so many UK Advrider meetings before, this gathering was organised by our trail legend Timpo :clap

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    ... hosted at the Green Inn in Llangedwyn...

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    ... where we were camping or van-ing

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    ... indulging in delicious food

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    ... and having a great time in general. Here is our Cloggie quota enjoying themselves

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    Apart from some fog on top of the hills, the weather was surprisingly gentle with us during the weekend

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    I had the great pleasure of leading an All-Girls-Group (well, almost...) along the superb trails in the area

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    Let me introduce you to the fearless ladies (in alphabetical order so that no one feels neglected...)

    Ange - climbing up Waterfall Lane

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    Danielle - making progress on Ladies' Lane

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    Dr JM - splashing out on Schoolhouse Lane

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    Honorary 'Dirty Girl' Jo - on Bastard Ruts Lane

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    Sarah Teach - tackling the slabs on T'yn-y-pistyll Lane

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    Short 'n' Spikey - doing the Bombhole

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    Welshbird - giving it some after Pwynt Ford

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    We were treated to plenty of stunning trails...

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    ... had some strange encounters...

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    ...experienced a couple of falls... :augie

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    ... but luckily none of those (sorry, 950Taxi... [​IMG])

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    And all this in the glorious Welsh countryside!

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    A big thank you to Timpolino and lovely Sarah for perfect organisation, preparation and execution!

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    Another big thank you goes to Emma, Scott and little Efa Mae at the Green Inn for their hospitality - we'll be back! :thumb

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    And a third big thank you to everyone for your company, for your help when it was needed and for making this weekend such a great event. :clap

    I have many more pictures to post but I thought I'd get the ball rolling as long as the impressions are still fresh in everyone's memory... :evil

    Bring it on!

    Ela
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  2. Windy

    Windy Been here awhile

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    As usual I forgot to take any good pictures, so this will be a bit dull after Pumpys Tour De Force, probably best to skip to the next post :D

    anyway, on with the rambling...

    I was up early Friday morning, the excitement of a weekends trail riding slowly being replaced with trepidation about riding there and back on my CCM.
    As preparation for the WYOA Trip to Portugal a shakedown trip was in order.. and this was it!

    Last minute checks quickly turned into two hours of faffing so I hit the usual Friday afternoon traffic around London I had planned to miss :doh.
    Endless miles of filtering and motorway monotony ensued along with plenty of funny looks at the idiot on the dirt bike screaming down the motorway (me, not the bike!) but as I rolled into the Green Inn car park six and a half hours later I was pleasantly surprised how (relatively) easy the trip had been... who needs a van eh?

    The tent was set up, and a good evening was spent in the pub, seeing old faces and meeting a few new ones, any worries I had about Saturday soon disappeared as Knobby told me I was in his group and it would be an easy days ride.. only to later realise I would be in Muddy Mat's group which by all accounts had some kind of marathon trail ride planned :eek1

    Saturday morning came round none too soon - My choice of summer tent and down sleeping bag wasn't one of my best ideas :baldy
    but breakfast supplied by the Green Inn hit the spot and was just what I needed to get going, and before I knew it our group set off at 8.30 for the days ride.

    The next few hours passed slowly like some kind of horror movie, I was riding like a ****, rapidly getting knackered, thoroughly disappointed in myself and wondering just WTF I was doing here!
    The rest of the group very patiently helped me out, picking me up, dusting me off, opening and closing all the gates. Clarky very kindly rode ahead of me for a good part of the day helping me pick better lines, giving me tips and advice which were all sorely needed!

    120 miles later we returned to the Green Inn, I've never been so glad to see a car park!
    I couldn't believe how I'd managed to get through the day, I was really pleased with how much I'd improved during the day, and both dreading and looking forward to doing it all again on Sunday.. but not before dinner, a couple of pints and some chin wagging in the bar.

    Sunday came around and with it.. marathon day two! Ian was only there for the Saturday so the group was down to five.
    Luckily some of Saturday's experience had stayed with me and I wasn't quite as crap, although Clarky told me he was going to change my name to Cindy if I didn't speed up a bit so I had to pull my socks up!
    Unfortunately Roger had to return to the (fire and a pint :wink:) Green Inn as his shoulder was giving him trouble.
    The foggy morning and slick roads cleared up and we had a great day on the trails, I even managed to find a few more gears and was fairly whizzing along (ok, ok, some of the time)

    We got back around 6.30 to an almost empty car park, the rest of the group packed up and headed off, and it was far too late to set off home, so I retired to the bar for an evening with the Cloggie contingent and then hit the tent for a well earned rest.

    If you thought Friday night was a bit chilly, Sunday night was freezing - I woke up to the tent all covered in ice and my waterproof socks frozen together!
    Time to get a move on and hit the road.. and so, the only picture I took, the 404 freshly mud scraped, packed and raring to go

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    I Left the Green Inn about 9.30 just after Bert and his gang and slowly made my way back home stopping at pretty much every service station for 250 miles eventually getting home at 5.30. who needs a van?... I do :rofl

    Thanks to:

    Timpo for organising the weekend and providing petrol at the last minute Saturday morning
    Mat, Roger, Dave, Stu and Ian for a great two days out and all the help above and beyond the call of duty :thumb.
    The Cloggies for keeping me company Sunday night and helping me tighten all the wobbly bits on the bike before I set off.
    Andy C for letting me lock his bike up for him :augie.
    Last, but not least, everyone else for the great company, see you all again next time I hope!

    Phil
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  3. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    Windy, I got a little worried Monday morning, you looked a bit skinny, as if you hadn't had any food nor sleep for a few days.
    But now: :clap:bow
    Some may call you crazy for what you did, but it shows you got the adventurerider spirit.
    Looking forward to see you in Portugal.
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  4. duibhceK

    duibhceK duibhce Kaelann

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    I was a bit worried as well when I saw you leave Monday morning, Windy. Especially after the freezing cold night in your little ten. Even a cardboard box would probably have been warmer... :eek1

    But glad to hear you got home ok. :clap

    And Pumpy: glad to meet you, hope you guessed my name. :D
    Looking forward to more of your pics.

    I didn't have the chance to take any myself as I was too busy trying to stay upright :lol3 and picking up the Ten when on occasion (ahum) that did not quite work out as planned. Or rather, wait for someone to come and help me pick it up. Thanks to the many girls (and Louisa, Roberta and Christina) that came to my rescue on every occasion. So far for my initial plans to be a perfect gentlemen. :shog

    Anyway, I did have loads of fun, I learned a lot and had the chance to ride with a bunch of lovely people. I'll be wearing my honorary title with pride. :babe

    A big thanks to Timpo and Sarah as well for organising a perfect weekend.

    Oh, and Sofie is sitting next to me at the moment scouring through 2nd hand websites looking for a bike to hit the dirt herself next year :p3rry

    As soon as I finish processing the pics I'll upload some of Monday morning to give y'all an idea of what Windy went through. :yikes
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  5. ChrisUK

    ChrisUK Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the great weekend: Timpo for organising, Rick/Timolgra for Sat and Ela/Roberta for Sun, everybody for being great fun and the pub for being super hosts. The bike's getting some major tlc tomorrow.

    cheers
    Chris/Christina
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  6. Short'n'Spikey

    Short'n'Spikey Back in the saddle!

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    I have to second that -who knew that something so thoroughly exhausting could be so much fun!!

    It was an amazing first ride out with you guys - thank you all for being such great company and showing a newbie the ropes.

    Cant wait to catch up with you all again soon

    Bring on the photos Pumpy! :clap
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  7. hampsterracing

    hampsterracing Devon TRF

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    Another cracking weekend :D

    great venue a truly welcoming landlord. good food and good beer :-)

    even the welsh weather was being kind.

    good to catch up with old faces and meet some new ones.

    great lanes as always.

    cheers to matt and stu for the runs and timpo & sarah for getting off their arses and sorting it as always.it must be someone elses turn soon ..................

    but i cant find a venue at the moment :-(

    A big shout to clarkey for thinking popping up to london on the way was a good idea :D

    this is the only pic i got all weekend as i forgot my camera

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    Roger
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  8. Paul Young

    Paul Young Low Flying GS Pilot

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    Thanks a lot for another brill weekend. Great to see all the usual suspects...:D

    Special thanks to Knobby & AndyC for showing us around & for the patience while I did my first ever puncture repair outside of my garage.
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  9. timolgra1

    timolgra1 Been here awhile

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    Nice arse:wink:

    Wonderful to see old faces and some new ones.
    Great riding as always so thanks to Timpo and Sarah for making it happen:clap

    Ange had a real ball and I was so pleased for her even though she's only just stopped aching:D
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  10. malteser

    malteser Tuareg Rallye 2013

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    great pics...looked like an awesome weekend.

    Sorry I couldn't make it....I almost have full movement in my arm now so should be on the bike again soon.......
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  11. Gazz

    Gazz In a rut

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    It went in about two inches between foot and boot. I never felt a thing, apart from being yanked from the bike that is ...

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  12. Short'n'Spikey

    Short'n'Spikey Back in the saddle!

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    That was far scarier than it looks in the picture - by the time the 4x4 drew level with Danielle the car was at tipping point and we were all either closing our eyes, gritting our teeth or yelling at her to drop the bike and run! I believe what Danielle uttered was :eek1"Oh Yikes! I am beyond petrified!" - Well..... that's the polite translation anyway! :augie:lol3
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  13. duibhceK

    duibhceK duibhce Kaelann

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    It did sound ever so slightly more agitated than that :lol3
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  14. IamTRooPeR

    IamTRooPeR TRooPER from Belgium

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    2 weeks ago, I was very looking forward to this event,
    especially with my 640adv, which had a new carb, FCR39, so that would be a blast.
    And indeed, it was a blast, a week before the MMR, my bike suffered much pain and it needed open heart surgery. BUMMER.

    Nevertheless, why do we need friends for.....
    I got the first 640adv I ever rode on before and could use it for the MMR. Thx mate. I just had to find the electrical problem for the rear light (and as I am speaking: being FIXED and cleaned the bike like never before)
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    And that's why Blackbert & McB said to me:

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    McB with a very big smile, but that would change later.... y'll see.

    Search for the 7 differences :
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    Early arrival on friday,
    and who are Blackbert & Timpo smiling at, instead of keep working on the bike:
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    Sofie's first and last time taking a bike WITHOUT KNOBBLY's out of the van in Wales. :clap
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    Is this Timpo's new van ? I wonder what bike goes in there ?
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    And McB is showing us ..... I honestly think he doesn't know it either:rilla[​IMG]


    I wonder who sleeps at the top ?
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  15. IamTRooPeR

    IamTRooPeR TRooPER from Belgium

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    Earthmover was thinking: Time to go ahead,
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    Luckily the weather was dry for the last week, nevertheless,
    with a heavy bike (950adv) , this hill is a huge pain in the ass
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    Mr McB is already :shog
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    Nice style:
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    Gate after gate after ....
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    950Taxi was thinking about dinner: Henry nr 6 Lamb Chops
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    but still we had to do lots of tracks:
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  16. IamTRooPeR

    IamTRooPeR TRooPER from Belgium

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    we were not far away from it:

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    BEER 'O' CLOCK , and any

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  17. IamTRooPeR

    IamTRooPeR TRooPER from Belgium

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    sunday morning,

    first heading for some fuel and lunch:
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    a helping hand is always welcome when you don't have a sidestand and it's your turn to close the gate
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    time for a smoke:
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    time for some paddle:
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    I was glad to be in the 640 group, just perfect riding, not too hard,
    not too soft,
    weather was great, good company,

    Thx Timpo & Sarah
    and all the other ADV riders to make it a great weekend again!
    See ya next time
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  18. duibhceK

    duibhceK duibhce Kaelann

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    shortly after it had magically transformed (pic sneakily stolen from Pumpy :shog):
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  19. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    Great story, Smurf! :clap

    However, can you tell us what was going on here?

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    I am slightly worried about what happened to the little lamb... :huh

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    :hide
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  20. Windy

    Windy Been here awhile

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    I think Bert may know something about it... :augie

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