Kind of late putting this together, but here it is, camping in Bavaria in January
Sunday, 27 December 2020
Monday, 21 December 2020
As we face a winter of discontent I thought I'd cheer myself up and hopefully some of the readers by dragging out some photos from our 2008 trip to Romania, David T and I on Commandos (proving Classic bikes can be a viable alternative to adventure bikes or worse, a van) .
Today the French are stopping movement across the Border which is quite depressing, the virus is mutating so its all a bit shit for everyone, mind you I have seen people mutating after too much alcohol and that too is dangerous.
I hope despite the constant barrage of doom and gloom you can all raise a glass at Christmas (and New Year) and any day in between to remember absent friends who for whatever reason never got to enjoy old age, those that are enjoying older age, keep it up, keep riding your bike and planning the journeys, its never been more important!
The Romania trip was conceived in the Winter of 2008 and David decided to join us, he left a couple of days earlier than us and enjoyed sunshine all the way, we enjoyed pissing rain until we met David in Slovenia then it was great after that. En route to Slovenia Fi and I had a coming together which needed repairs to both bikes, luckily near our friends Tomas and Andrea's house in Germany. From Germany we headed to Austria, Slovenia to meet David, Croatia to meet the worst biting insects ever, Bosnia to meet suspicious people, Serbia to meet very grumpy border guards and then Romania to meet most of the people who now live in the UK.......
Pictures as always, better than my narrative
|Nice scenery in the mountains|
|David preparing his breakfast|
|Croatian border, issues with a sticking throttle|
|Sun is out so a happy Fiona|
|Camping at "The Swamp"|
|Memories of the recent conflict|
|Had to get the Nortons in the picture|
|Looks nice but the most horrendous toilet facilities|
|Camping with a girl we met from Northumberland|
|B&B in the mountains|
|Draculas castle overlooking my Norton in Brasov|
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Back in a time when you could travel the world freely, before we became victims of the new world reset, we spent some time in Denver with our friends Peter and Micky Allen and were joined by Fi's mum and dad who came out to visit us.
Peter rode his HRD 500 to the local classic club meet and I joined him on the BMW, Fiona chauffered her mum and dad into town and a great time was had by all, sunshine, old bikes and beer, what could be better?
Peter had just finished putting a new cylinder head on the bike that day, I thought it would be a gentle ride into town but it wasn't, the poor Vincent got a good Thrashing, the following day we rode to the top of Mount Evans with some friends, over 14,000 feet and there is a two lane road all the way to the top, we can't even manage to keep the "rest and be thankful" open when it rains! To put it in context the Bealach na Ba is just over 2000 feet! Think on.......
|The early arrivals|
|Fi and her mum in the bar along with Peter (no surprise)|
|Nice old Honda and Hinkley Triumph|
|Peters Vincent leaving its mark on the pavement|
|This looked cool|
|Nice place to have a meeting|
|Top of mount Evans|
|Peter and I at the top|
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Since the nights "are fair drawing in" and its turned very cold (Ice at the weekend) the bikes sadly never turned a wheel last weekend. Good news is the Mk1 Le Mans is coming along and hopefully very soon will be ready to enjoy in 2021.
The virus still blights our lives but try to ignore it and get on with your lives as safely as possible, today a look back at the Kilmac / IOM trip in 2012, a time when pubs were open, you could enjoy a meal and a drink and politicians were totally ignored for being the bunch of self serving halfwits they really are.
Heres looking forward to 2021, sunny days, good company and old motorbikes and maybe an ale by a roadside tavern......
These are in no particular order
|Fi mastering the kickstarting of Peters Vincent|
|Top of the Healey Pass with Alex|
|A bunch of reprobates at the tip of the Beara Peninsula, a Scotsman Irishman and American walk into a bar |
|Ready for the off|
|Fiona, Alex and Sandy waiting for the ferry|
|On the pier at Kilmac, Guy Boffe from Belgium chatting to Sandy|
|Peters Vincent which later emigrated to the USA to be with its owner|
|All hands on the BSA|
|At MacCarthys bar|
|Fi's Commando looking good|
|Marc Connoly's Summerfield Manx |
|Heading back for the ferry to the IOM|
|Back to the future anyone?|
|Copy (I think) of Mick Grants Kawasaki|
|Don't trudge it, Rudge it the saying used to go|