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Event Report - TP Camp 4 years, 7 months ago #11051

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TP in a tipi camp

As you will have seen, last weekend was the TP in a Tipi event. It was a fantastic event, with some good riding, the only shame being that our ‘originals’ couldn’t make it – hopefully next time lads!

The event began at 11am for me on the Friday morning, getting ready and heading over to Dave’s to meet him for the ride up to camp, with the aim of taking in a couple of trails on the way. Upon arrival at his, he informed me he’d lent his lid to a friend and had to pick it up! Damn! But it’s all part of the fun! So a quick dash to his mates place of work and back and we were set!
The plan was to meet Ferdie for a shopping spree at 1pm, so we were pressed for time by this point, but not too pressed that we couldn’t take in a few trails on the way, hitting a couple just outside King’s Lynn and investigating a couple of new ones off them. At which point, a very bumpy trail and utterly crap body position on a loaded bike, saw my dry bag (or TP’s dry bag he’d lent me – Sorry Dad!) Get thrown off the side of the bike and onto the back wheel. Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t hear Dave’s horn beeping me to tell me so I carried on for a little bit, and subsequently put a hole in the now no longer dry bag and my weekend’s pants supply got eaten by the tyre- Oh YAY!
Not to worry though, a revision of the tie downs etc. and we were on our way again. Stupidly, I’d left my backpack empty so we had food space. In hindsight, I probably should’ve spread the load, but we live and learn.
So onwards to Ferdie. Upon our arrival we were met by he and his partner, who tells us he was waiting from early doors for us – sorry we took ages mate! And he looked very excited for the event, as were we. As Dave and I had seen Dean on the way to camp, we agreed to skip Tesco and head straight over to camp via the roads, which if you’ve not ridden them before, in the summer can be great little roads.
Upon arrival, sure enough Dean was there waiting and the line-up of Tipis was most impressive. First and most importantly to us though after the health and safety lecture – Fire!

We swiftly set up camp, complete with our £1 conservatory shelter, courtesy of Dean, and that was us for the night. Fire, bbq, great company and arrivals throughout the evening – all the makings of a fantastic event already.



At about 9pm Martin – WhereisGibson rolled up, what a lucky bugger he is. He’d hit an unlit traffic island just outside, I think, Brandon and put a nice dent in his front wheel, exposing the tyre bead and tube. Luckily it all stayed put allowing him to get to us safely!
We whiled away the evening, chatting the usual chat and had some great laughs – Normski being hilarious after a few drinks! And one of the other Tipis having what can only be described as a blast furnace within it and the lads sitting in only their boxers it was that warm.
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In the other tipi we saw Lego Man dean (see his gloves in the photos) and tree man Si spooning one another –a true bromance has blossomed.

Morning, and most were up and rearing to go. But for me, most important was figuring a way to get Martin back up and running. After a few calls to bike shops, none could help. So we whipped the wheel out to do some kind of bush fix, when Ferdie returned and told us of the Farm’s workshop, so Martin and he took the wheel over to them. Meanwhile we all geared up, and with Martin being taken care of, set on our way, with a view to meet up with him at Swaffham at around midday (fingers crossed for him)




The first of our trails was North Creake, the water splash acting as our baptismal font for the weekend’s riding. A great set of trails which work their way east in a zig-zag pattern, before linking up with the more southern trails. From here we took in some great trails, working our way south again towards Kings Lynn and Bawsey, via Sandringham. These trails, if you’ve not been on them before, offer something for everyone, from light gravel to grass to gloopy mud (obviously more so in winter) and I highly recommend them.

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By the time we’d gotten just past kings Lynn, we were all wondering about Martin, so time to stop and touch base, but not before Normski did his finest superman impression across the road and scattering his backpack over the place – unfortunately I’ve no pics of this, but reports tell me it was rather entertaining! Once he was cleared up and we were sure he was OK it was time to call base and see how he’d gotten on… Turns out you can work wonders with a sledge hammer, bag of sand and some wood – he was to meet us at Swaffham and join in the trails for the afternoon – cracking job 

The people of Swaffham probably wondered what on earth was occurring when the ATR crew rolled in and took over outside the café, and what a nice little café it was – top choice Ferd.



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After lunch it was time to begin heading north again, taking in the fords and sand (my personal favourite). We set off, heading North via Peddars way with a couple of detours to take in the fords of West and Castle Acre – Go Pro footage to follow. Not before a quick pit stop for one of the KTM who had a slow puncture, a quick blast of air saw him right for the remainder of the day though.
At Castle acre, we were a bit cautious of the depth so Ferdie waded in first by foot to test the depth – I think it was the line of land rovers who weren’t sure of it who made us doubt it. But once I’d seen it was about kneed(ish) depth on Ferdie, off I went. Rather selfishly, I must admit, as I figured the other side was dry at that point, thus easier. I was then closely followed by a few others who wanted to take the ford in and we all got through without and real trouble. Which is more than can be said for the land rover crew who were more worried about their tow bars being scratched and their two thousand pound ECU getting wet – what’s the point in that if you’re not going to use it?!
On to West Acre! I took the lead on this one and guided us all there, and went straight through without bother, I have good go pro footage of everyone on this one, which I’ll try to get up later on. However at the second, one of the KTM was misbehaving, almost like a dog that didn’t like water and had to go over the bridge (there’s many comments about KTMs that could be used here, but we will gloss over those) at the other side, it started up once more and didn’t have any trouble for the rest of the day thankfully.
From the Acres it was north on Peddars, which was in great condition and offered some great riding for us all with some nice ruts to take on if so inclined (as I am). At the head of peddars, Martin Dave and I lost the rest of the guys, the last man drop off had failed us at the last point – not to bother, I know the way to the sand! Follow me. Upon our arrival at the sand ‘Dakar special stage’ no one was there, so we just took it as an opportunity to have a good mess around up and down until they’d shown up. After a while however, there was no sign of the others, so we tried to get hold of Ferdie, which we did, but due to crap signal all Martin could say that made any sense was BEACH, BEACH to which I think Feride’s repeated reply was peddars? But the beach message got through, so like a bunch of kids, us three set up positions up on the dunes to watch some action. We saw a bunch of three lads come through, one of which we think was Mark Kinnard? From the last camp on one of his tours, with a blue DRZ in tow. Now, it wasn’t until it was too late, we realised they weren’t with us. The DRZ was going a bit too slow for the sand and fell over, after us having a good laugh at the poor sod, we realised he wasn’t one of us… ooops! A good few minutes later we heard the various engines of our group, mainly distinguishable on that ride by the constant ring a ding ding of the two strokes amongst us. I will leave the video to describe this one….

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After the sand special stage it was time to turn back and head to camp. By road. Dave and I, equipped with my trusted OS map (I cannot recommend these highly enough) decided to take a long off road route home. And it was well worth it. We did the sand stage then peddars down south to Gt Bircham, taking in a few new trails to Fakenham, then working our way back to camp. At that time of the evening, around 6pm-8pm, it was great fun even in the rain. All of Norfolk’s Nature was out – pheasants in abundance, hares and rabbits, small deer and foxes and various birds of prey, which during the day aren’t easily seen out on the trails.
Back at Camp, we were welcomed to the fire already being on and the Tipi warm which I think we were grateful for as we were soaked- the stove made for great sock and glove drying! That evening we mainly all stayed in our various tipi groups and chatted crap all through the night. I was educated in various forms of Music, though Flock of Seagulls lads? Seriously? Lol, just looking at the picture of them on google gave me an idea what a bunch of asses they are! We had the doctor pay us a visit too, it was good to see him, and hopefully you’ll make the next one doc!

marshmallows on the fire anyone?


Me cooking frankfurters skillfully on the fire








Sunday we rose and all took our time to get packed away and go. Most travelling home by the roads, which wasn’t for me, so again, Dave and I took to the trails home. We mirrored Saturday’s ride for the most part, and took in even more new trails we’d found on my OS map, one of which was just past Castle acre and offered some challenging up and downhill sections, complete with a jump, which we obviously had a play on. Another of the new trails is right in the middle of two of our regularly used trails, along an old railway bed and made for a good laugh when I went through one puddle, and Dave another, then on the return loop Dave said ‘pin it through that one, it’s great’… yeah, he didn’t pin it first time. I did that and the wall of water came up and over my head and drowned me! The bugger! We then doubled back on the sandy trails of bawsey and Kings Lynn, before a bit of road work then I showed him some of the lanes we have on our doorstep before going our separate ways home.








It was a fantastic weekend, and some good off road miles were covered!

Until the next time,

Ben













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Re: Event Report - TP Camp 4 years, 7 months ago #11052

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Haha that puddle was funny. I only went through fast enough to make it hit me in the neck. Your wall of water was quite impressive. It was deceivingly deep Nice write up.
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Re: Event Report - TP Camp 4 years, 7 months ago #11053

Nice write up Ben.
It's just a shame that I wasn't up to joining you guys.
Hopefully there will be a next time soon(ish)!
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN
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Re: Event Report - TP Camp 4 years, 7 months ago #11054

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Massively deceiving, given that its neighbour was a few inches deep
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Re: Event Report - TP Camp 4 years, 7 months ago #11055

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Thanks TP, there will be many next times - already looking forward to next camping season
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Re: Event Report - TP Camp 4 years, 7 months ago #11056

Thanks Ben,
BTW I just happened across this while reading something on ADV, and oddly enough it's also a 620.



Is it similar to the one in your report?
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Re: Event Report - TP Camp 4 years, 7 months ago #11057

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Very similar, I think Martins was a bit more extreme than that. I'll try to find a pic
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Re: Event Report - TP Camp 4 years, 7 months ago #11058

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Nice report Ben, top job...

Martin's front wheel



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Object he hit

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Re: Event Report - TP Camp 4 years, 7 months ago #11064

It was brilliant once again. Many thanks to all involved and count me in for the next one if I may.
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