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Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1748



I thought that this would be a bit different, so as it says Let the mayhem begin!!

If I was given a choice of anything I could do, I couldn't think of a single thing that could better the day we had today.
Great people, and miles of trails..... Heaven.

Trails

I was running early after leaving the house at 08.45, so decided to stop off for a break [warm up] and picture opportunity about 12 miles short of our RV.

Upon arrival, I was greeted by Dan and OB1, so 3 down 3 to go; we didn't have to wait long before Outsider, GB and Udders showed up, and by that time the morning sun was starting to warm up nicely, so the Gods were smiling upon the first ATR trail ride.


A mixed bunch.... A couple of pics of the runners and riders,

An ATR sticker anyone?

Udders took the lead through Thetford, followed by GB thereafter; and a big thanks in advance to them for showing us some great trails.
A couple of miles of road, and we soon had some dirt under out tyres, some familliar trails lead us to the A11 crossing, followed by the duck yer head underpass which passes under a railway line.

Udders

OB1 with Dan demonstrating how low the underpass is.

Dan and GB

And Outsider.

The trails were in fine condition which was mostly firm with some sketchy loose shale and the odd bit of sand, all punctuated with luscious grass and with the endless East Anglian sky's providing the backdrop to a perfect picture, I couldn't help but smile to myself**, and think how lucky I was.

** Mind you I don't think I was alone in that thought.

GB enjoying the conditions.

Udders and his beautiful GS.

Outsider creating a dust cloud.

At the end of the first segment we stopped for a break at the Desert Rats memorial, this was both unexpected and moving, unexpected because of it's location in the forest, and moving because of the inscriptions on the memorial, a nice tribute to brave men.

The boys and bikes at the foot of the memorial.

Fords I

Now trails are good, but throw in water and they become great.
There is just a certain something that adds a little extra fun and excitement; is it the challenge or the jeopardy, or just the way the water splashes like thousands of diamonds reflecting in the sunlight? I don't know but the smiles on the guys faces said it all.
We arrived at Castle Acre [according to local myth] on the 'wrong' side.
To explain it was a common belief that the far side had a ledge that was unclimbable, due to height and sheerness of it's face, so bikes would either approach from the 'right' side or cross the bridge.
Not so our intrepid bunch of adventurers, Phaa myths; We take your myths and substitute them with our own ... (a variation shamelessly stolen from Mythbusters, so quite apt); and so Outsider bit the bullet and bravely went... OK a bit much, but he went first and cleared it with ease, followed by the rest of us in turn, and not just once but two or three times each way... fantastic fun.

Testing the water... OB1 checking out the conditions.

"Is it deep?"
"The divers say it's not too bad!"

Outsider the Guinea Pi first to cross.

Me on the drop in.

OB1 Mid crossing.

GB Mid crossing.

Dan dropping in for a splash 'out'

OB1 Comes back for more.

Dan enjoying some watery fun 'return'

Outsider on the return leg.

Trails II

After leaving Castle Acre, GB lead us all again into some awesome trails, a couple of which I'd wondered about, but never realized them to be doable, [alongside the A149, to Hunstanton] a much travelled route for motorcyclists.
At one stage we were heading up parallel to, and on the nearside of, oncoming traffic, God knows what they thought when they saw us.

The aforementioned trail, The main road is behind and below us.
Left to Right OB1, Udders, Dan, Outsider

So many wonderful trails, and GB lead us down into some deep sandy sections where a certain GS broke traction and spat it's rider off... Could I get to my camera before it's pilot picked it up? could I fu hell so with a bit of luck someone might have it on film!
Part of the way through this one there were couple of puddles to play in.

GB and the fantastic 800 GS having a splash.

Dan getting the Aprilia's wheels nice and wet.

Never one to pass up a bit of water, Outsider has a play.

Winged Pigs

Now I know it was probably a strange turn of phrase in the title, but believe me the saying Pigs might fly came to fruition on this ride; with no exaggeration (OK just a little) there was a whole squadron of them flying above the trails of Cambridgeshire.
If you were reading the preamble to the ride here.. www.adventuretrailrider.com/forum/8-whoo...rmac/910-peddars-way
you might have noticed these famous words..

Udders wrote:
Me.

And I'll tell you all now, yes, I'll be going ROUND any puddles. Ok.


Due to a ahem, miscalculation on GB's sat nav we ended up at a fantastic little trail, which once in there is only one way out, and that's forwards!
Hot on GB's rear tyre we both dropped into the stream.. yes STREAM! and rode along it to the end, what a hoot it was a dream playground gin clear, with a gravel bottom with the odd expected rock thrown in for added interest.
So that was two of us at one end of the trail, so four to go.
OB1 cleared with no problems [sorry mate didn't get a picture] as you weren't far behind me.

Then.... Que the Dambusters music and the sounds of flapping wings of the Pork variety, we heard the distinct engine noise of a GS 1150 sploshing it's way in our wake, and here's the proof.

I couldn't swear to it, but I thought that I heard our parentage brought into question!

Udders exiting the stream, with GB pointing the route out in the background.

So now two to go; then after a bit of a wait we heard Outsiders GS, but this time there was no accompanying splashing, to our surprise both he and Dan took the higher dryer route, up to their sumps and axles in thick black chocolate gloopy mud, which seemed to get thicker and more slippery the further they went, dropping into the stream which unless by accident just wasn't an option as it was a sheer drop some 4 -5 feet below, so on they quite literally ploughed on.

Outsider ploughing, with Dan in the background.
Everything was going fine, and to be honest we were still a bit gobsmacked at the chosen route, when it became apparent that a couple of feet more to the right (Outsiders Left) and he could end up down below with a 1/4 Ton GS on top of him as a blanket! Not a situation you'd envy anyone, so with a little help he eventually cleared, followed by Dan.
At this stage Dan deserves a lot of respect for going it on Tourance type tyres, it certainly wasn't easy by any standard.

Oh dear if this goes wrong things might get a bit tricky!

Everyone on the far side... one way or another!

Trails III

We then decided to head over to the Northern part of Peddars Way, and no it isn't all Ecky Thoomp, 'nt Black Puddin!

This really is one of my all time favourite trails, parts of it arrow straight, with a luxurious carpet of grass, meandering peaks and troughs, with open fields on either side,which even in peak Summer is sparsely frequented by pedestrians or other vehicles.

The inspiration for the route, Udders sampling some properly Green Lanes.

Outsider.

OB1

GB

Dan
So for the doubters who thought I exaggerated the lusciousness of the greenery earlier on, I think the pix above should paint the picture.
Just after this we sadly had to bid Udders farewell as he had to head off, so we decided to head to Hunstanton via the long way... Ummm more trails.
Like a water seeking missile GB found us another ford to play in, he hit the nail on the head when he said "Isn't there supposed to be a drought?"

OB1 Creates a Tiger Tidal wave.

Dan coming out the other side.

Outsider getting some mud off of the GS

The XR getting wet again, (my second go strictly for the camera you understand!)

GB Getting wet.
So and all too soon we ended up at the last part of the ridable trail, the remaining part being restricted byway, and with the thought of home cooked meals and loved ones, the guys decided to head for home; while GB and myself headed over to Hunstanton for a well deserved cup of tea.
And then there was one...
So that was it, GB headed home for his dinner, and I stayed on for a while at Hunny reflecting on the day and what a great time I'd had with great guys and great trails.
On the way home I stopped for a break; the truth is those XR saddles aren't built for comfort, and my poor old butt cheeks were aching, but hey time for a last (but one) photo.

The sun starts to set on a fantastic day.



As the last pic says thank you all who came along, GB for the lead ride after the Thetford section, Udders for the lead ride through Thetford and also for taking charge of the camera at Castle Acre, Outsider and Dan for taking TEC, and last but not least OB1, for being OB1
Until the next time, which won't be soon enough.

PS As a weird footnote, I took the first picture (ATR) at 07.15 and the last (again ATR) after getting my wet boots off at 19.15.
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN
Last Edit: 8 years ago by Trevor Pastrami.
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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1750

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and a massive big smile now on my face from just reading this

Looks like there were some visor sized smile under those crash helmets too

Sounds like you all had a fantastic day and this has got me well buzzed up guys

Great Report, Great Photos and Great Weather by the looks of it, perfect
Last Edit: 8 years, 6 months ago by East Coast.
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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1754

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Fantastic write-up again Mark. Awesome pics too.

I'll upload and link the couple of shots I've got later. Pity there's none of me up to my axles in mud, but I thought I might be there for the night at one point. Thanks, too, for putting your arse on the line exhaust , stopping me from sliding out.

I guess you've got some more pics to come. Looking forward to them. Great (and knackering) day. Thanks to all!
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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1755

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Outsider wrote:
Pity there's none of me up to my axles in mud, but I thought I might be there for the night at one point.

Don't worry... I have some of that incident!
May the farce be with you

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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1758

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OB1 wrote:
Outsider wrote:
Pity there's none of me up to my axles in mud, but I thought I might be there for the night at one point.

Don't worry... I have some of that incident!

Excellent, thanks OB1!

Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1759

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That's no way to cross a ford.

Here is how it should be done


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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1761

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Some video from yesterday (sorry OB1, I missed you), available in 720p







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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1764

It looks like with his feet in the water, Mr Pastrami was trying to water-ski across, you'll need a bit more speed than that to get the lift Trevor, think of it as planing dude

Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1773

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Here's some pics for ya!





















































May the farce be with you

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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1775

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Reading this thread brings a big smile to my face an awesome day

Once anagin, many thanks to Outsider for clearing a path through the mud for me to follow otherwise I would have been well fucked stuck!
Take the Byway not the Highway
Last Edit: 8 years, 6 months ago by DanH.
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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1776

Outsider wrote:
Fantastic write-up again Mark. Awesome pics too.

I'll upload and link the couple of shots I've got later. Pity there's none of me up to my axles in mud, but I thought I might be there for the night at one point. Thanks, too, for putting your arse on the line exhaust , stopping me from sliding out.

I guess you've got some more pics to come. Looking forward to them. Great (and knackering) day. Thanks to all!

Oh but there is, just finished the write up so have a look, the last one looked particularly precarious!
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN
Last Edit: 8 years, 6 months ago by Trevor Pastrami.
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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1786

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Great photos guys(feel free to email me some of me ) Glad everyone had a good day, I do apologise if we had to make a few U turns but hopefully it was worth it. I was most impressed with the Outsiders GSA's traction control and fairplay to the Heidenaus as well, a true dual purpose tyre. Dan as well on road tyres deep in the bog, well ridden
A quick thank you to Udders for finding my inaccurate satnav when it flew off, note to self must slow down
Rather be loud than lazy......
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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1791

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Udders is a bit quiet this evening. Don't suppose he's still upset and in the shed cleaning his bike?
May the farce be with you

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Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1792

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Haven't cleaned mine yet . It was a great day and we've got some great photos too. When can we go again?

Maybe I should get one of these:

Re: Trails, Fords and Winged Pigs. 8 years, 6 months ago #1793

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They are awesome Paul, but bloody expensive
Rather be loud than lazy......
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