Life Begins at 40?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DeeGee, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Truly humbled my friend, thankyou. I'm really glad you came along for the ride. If you ever visit Europe you be sure to look us up :thumb

    Thanks Bert, we had an amazing time and we both really clicked on the trip, I realise I've found my soul mate :D

    You ready to roll? Won't be long now will it? Ride safe.
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  2. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    We're off next Saturday morning. If it doesn't rain, nothing can go wrong. :D
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  3. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    So here I am just about to set off for the Equinox Rally down in Wales, this event is organised by a couple of fellow in-mates geared for people of all abilities riding off road.

    Last minute preparations for the bike

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    Haircut as prescribed :D

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    Don't worry I did cut the other half :wink:

    Wardrobe and digs

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    And ready to roll!! :ricky

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    Stay safe guys and I'll catch up on Monday!!

    DG
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  4. Dave J

    Dave J Still no Fi

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    Top report Gav, have a good w/end at Equinox.

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  5. samuraider

    samuraider eurasia-riders

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    DeeGee, Good morning
    in far east is lunch time:D
    lets look what happen Equinox Rally down in Wales
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  6. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    It must be good evening to you now? I've just got up as I've got a physio appointment at 9 am, I got in at 0.40 this morning as I met my wife and two of the kids in a town on the north west coast to see a gig they'd bought met tickets for my 40th. It was easier than going home and then coming back to the coast, plus I had more time to ride on the dirt :wink: it was a tough weekend, I ache all over, but it was great :D

    Photos to come soon. :deal

    DG
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  7. samuraider

    samuraider eurasia-riders

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    wow good job DeeGee:clap

    I must sleep now i hope to see your report morning :rofl
    good night
    samuraider:beer

    (i hope chubbyThumper is ok for picture:ddog ?)






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  8. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    The old bugger in action :thumb


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  9. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Cheers for the pics Louis :freaky

    As I had road based tyres on I had to get some new rubber fitted, or in my case second hand rubber, this came in the form of good friend and fellow inmate Shep532.

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    I stopped off at his house en route to get the tyres swapped over and then we were going to hook up with another inmate Rockhopper and ride down to Wales together.

    New(ish) Rubber :D

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    Shep showing me how to put the front brake pads with the wheel on :deal

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    Then it was time to get the bikes packed up and hit the road.

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    Setting up camp with team orange.

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    The first lane we rode I put my feet down in a massive muddy crossing and both my feet were soaked. Then we crossed a small river and I took a lay down as the front tyre washed out from underneath me on the slippy rocks. I had just managed to get the bike upright before the cameras came out :D

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    Fellow Team orange member Rob giving me a hand.

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    Then we did the Stata Florida and I'm happy to say that it was the lowest level that the water's been for a long time :clap

    We had to ride a tricky descent to get to the beginning

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    Steaming off.

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    After the Strata Florida one of the guys got a puncture.

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    We were soon rolling again.

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    The day was drawing in as we rode the last lane of the day as the sun started setting.

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    Team Orange :ricky

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    Back to the campsite for a shower and then it was time for the pub :beer
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  10. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    What a lovely report, DeeGee!

    I hadn't seen it before (sorry...) but thoroughly enjoyed reading about your European travels! :clap :clap :clap

    Your wife seems to be a really good sport - is Jack riding herself? I think she would make a great 'Dirty Girl'... :D

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  11. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    She's a great woman, but the nearest she's got to riding herself is half an hour riding at the NEC at the bike show a couple of years ago. She says she's happy to sit on the back soaking up the views and enjoying the ride. :D

    Thanks for the comments Ela :thumb

    DG
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  12. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    I did say on the first page that I would try and keep the report going. Well a couple of weeks ago I was searching the net to find any war memorials near to where I live, as it was approaching Rememberence Day. During my search I stumbled across a WWII site and came across a couple of Australian guys who are trying to collate pictures of headstones for the fallen soldiers of their regiments during WWII. These gravestones are dotted all over the world and there are a number within a 60-70 mile radius of where I live.

    I took a ride out and collected a few pictures for the gents. I felt good about myself and showed what an amazing world we live in today, with the simple aid of the internet and digital photography I was able to help a stranger on the other side of the planet! :D

    Just a couple of pictures.

    Yeadon Cemetary

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    In this cemetary there was a section just for the war graves, everything was immaculately tidy.

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    This was the same too in a small leafy Village in North Yorkshire, Barmby-On-The-Moor.

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  13. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Great photos
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  14. adv rider max

    adv rider max I'm spartacus

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    well done old chap love all the pic's:1drink
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  15. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Welll I helps a friend of mine with some catering dinner he had on last night and when I finished I went to get my gear on, I thought I'd just check on the bike first and was met with an empty space where I'd parked it.

    That beautiful machine that carried my wife and I across Europe, the machine that I've come to cherish and love and be a very proud owner has been stolen by some low life thieving scum!

    I am truly and emotionally gutted! :cry :cry :cry
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  16. motolocopat

    motolocopat When in doubt gas it!

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    Splendid!
    Where to next year? Spain & Italy?
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  17. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Husqy pilot too...

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    LOVE, LOVE the Church of Bones---and the chocolate pics. This is my brother's back yard. How lucky is he-- and you for having the great name of Gavin (my 12 year old son is named Gavin). Great report! Nice pics.
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  18. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    Sweeeeeet ride, and great idea! 40's pfheeeeeeee :lift
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  19. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer Supporter

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    That is so funny, I too was in Brugge in September, the 12th, and saw the very same thing! :D

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    Thanks for the great ride report, it takes me way back to my first European trip by motorcycle, althiough back then (27 years ago) it was on a Bonnie...

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    Oh and Happy Birthday.:1drink
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  20. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer Supporter

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    Wow you're joking! I hope you get it back, I am so sorry to hear that news.:cry