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Coastal Camp 2015 Write up and Photos 3 years, 8 months ago #10766

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Well what an amazing weekend! 20 bikes of all different sizes, from 125cc to 1200cc as well as a quad. Big thanks to Ben, Dan, Tom, TP, Nev, Cliff, Martin, Luke, Joe AKA 'Squirrel tank', Mark, Allen , Martin 125, Andrew, phil, james, Dr Dave, joss, David 'Gator'& Bens mate 'Robot mask headlight'. YOU all made this event possible.

So, i finished work early on Friday at 1pm. Came out of work, pressed the starter and a pop sound! on the TTR600. I had to get one of the doctors to bump my down the trolley concourses outside the main entrance. It still wouldn't fire on the magic button moments later. With one final push,bobbing down from matron i was away. I rode every cats eye i could on the short 9 mile hop home, thus sorting my starter problem along the way. I quickly loaded the bike with all my camping gear and set off for Coastal camp.




I set off and it takes me about an hour following the winding coast road all the way to Sheringham nearly.
I arrive and Mark and Nev greet me kindly. others turn up through out the evening finishing with martin and luke on KTM's just as it was getting dark.













Then Allen turned up with this.....




It was so far in that he was banging his head and neck on it while driving, from London.

Rear wheels had to come off to get her in as fronts only just fitted, with kick !

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We were all round the fire chatting and making new friends til 2am before rising at 8am ready for the off at 10am.




On the start line, Coastal camp is about to kick off. 15 in the off road group and 5 in road ride group.

Me giving the group a pre trails advice on what to expect our on the dirt.



off along the lanes ....




my phone and map stopped working briefly and reboot cause the ride to stop for a well earned fag break.








off we go again...








Wells next the sea for lunch, but not before going over the Wells light miniature railway.






Wells!




Met up with the Road bikes, not planned.






We go off for fuel and i find that its back! I need a bump start...oh no please...not this again

Just as we arrive at pedders way i start to experience electrical problems. I looked every where for cats eyes, but no avail. So, reluctantly i got the tools out.



I soon found an excuse to slip away. leave phil , dan and cliff to fix it for me. Battery strap was off and bad earth maybe.





Finally what we came for!!



Allen crashed his quad on sandy lane spinning 360 degrees smashing one of the front shocks off. He repaired it.....you guessed it.....with cable ties!!

A while later on pedders way mark was bring up the rear when he got cross rutted and stacked the transalp while moving over for a cyclist. He lay there for 5 mins catching his breath as we tore off. Some time later realizing he was missing we sent phil and martin in a search party to find him. He was already limping up up the trail shoulder slightly adrift as well as the pannier frame.

On the route back near pedders one of the DRZ's got a flat tyre. Lucky we had a tube and levers, naturally, some repaired whiles other went off to fill up with petrol only to return 30 mins later to find it all fixed and ready to go, to my surprise. Also to my surprise we bumped in to the road boys again at the garage.





Now the highly anticipated Sand stage special along the beach behind the dunes at Heacham !!! True to my Dakar obsession!!




We all made it through, just. It was great fun with the throttle pinned back, spraying sand out the back while just trying to stay on the pig!!

We parked up in the big bike compound at Sunny Hunny
Next after a quick stop for coffee, doughnuts and ice cream we were on our way again.

After a few more trails to take us upto 7 pm just gone we were knackered!!

This was the end of our day so we headed for an hour, 30 miles or so back to camp on back roads.



Back at camp it was fire beer and burgers once more.





Sunday morning and most left early for the long trips home. Thanks for coming, I was last to leave at 1pm passing Gator stick Dave down the road adjusting his bike on the trailer.

I buzzed home, got caught in the rain and had to wait it out in Morrisons garage, bumped in to a man called paul on a moped. He commented on how drenched i was. Climbing from the bike i smiled and said ' yes but this gives me chance to try out my water proof pannier covers, you see paul............every cloud, Every cloud! Arh......life lesson's dispensed from the handlebar.

Dave however when finishing tying the bike ended up get a flat tyre some time later. Then some time after that got very stuck in a big accident traffic near kings lynn for 2 hour +

Martin and Luke ripped home down through Thetford forest, inspecting the trails for the next meet. Wearily chased by the storm that got me!





A thoroughly good time had by all at the Coastal camp 2015............

Well maybe apart from Luke as he arrived home to have his KTM 990 drop it's oil all over the drive. After initially thinking he was a lucky boy as he figured it was a seal behind sprocket and some how it had known she was home. However, sometime later he discovered this.



Luke reports on way home through Thetford he hit a big rock on landing a jump and it crashed into his stand and that in turn cracked the block. Very unfortunate.

10 hours and 150 miles covered , well done all the trail riders.

see you at the next one
Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you're gonna be up again. But life goes on.
Last Edit: 3 years, 8 months ago by ferdie.
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Re: Coastal Camp 2015 Write up and Photos 3 years, 8 months ago #10767

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Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you're gonna be up again. But life goes on.
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Re: Coastal Camp 2015 Write up and Photos 3 years, 8 months ago #10771

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Off to bed finally, so looking forward to it!
Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you're gonna be up again. But life goes on.

Re: Coastal Camp 2015 Write up and Photos 3 years, 8 months ago #10773

What a nice crowded meet up and the weather was brill...should make the next meet though...I couldn't " NOT " be at the grandkids birthday do could I...Stay safe and well everyone...Andy
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Re: Coastal Camp 2015 Write up and Photos 3 years, 8 months ago #10777

An excellent report Ferdie.
While I'm at I'd like to echo your thanks to all of those who turned up and made it a memorable event, to which Tom (Twintec) summed it it quite nicely...

ATR we don't do bad meets!

PS: I have some photo's (the only photo's of the day) of the group getting ready for the off which I'll post up later.

And once again thanks to all.
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN
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Re: Coastal Camp 2015 Write up and Photos 3 years, 8 months ago #10784

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Re: Coastal Camp 2015 Write up and Photos 3 years, 8 months ago #10786

As promised, here are the pix from the coastal camp.
If you see any that you want for your own album PM me your email address, and I'll be happy to send them over to you, 25 photos in all so include the number(s) that you require; it might not be straight away but I will get them to you, within a day or so.
I hope that you enjoy them.


Unloading the Quad.


Quad ready for the off.


Final checks.


Helmet on.


The first few to form up.




Ferdie starting to deliver the format for the days riding.


Your ride leader, complete with duty sash.




Real men don't need all that there boots and body armour, when a tee shirt, shorts and trainers will do!!




1000 degrees in the shade, ready for the off, and DR BIG, decides that the starter button needs to fail! Luckily it wasn't a major problem and fixed within a few minutes.


Always time for a quick pose.


A final check of the nav unit.


OK so one final final check can't do any harm.


An ATR sticker fest!


DR BIG fixed and ready to roll.






All formed up and looking forward to the day ahead.











And their off, like a scene from On any Sunday.


TP.
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Last Edit: 3 years, 8 months ago by Trevor Pastrami.
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Re: Coastal Camp 2015 Write up and Photos 3 years, 8 months ago #10787

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An excellent report and pics what a cracking weekend it was too, great weather, great company and some of the best trails Norfolk has to offer. Many thanks to Ferdie for organising and leading the trail ride, top job
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