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Forum: Ride reports 03-01-2015, 01:43 PM
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Posted By whereisgibson
Many thanks to Qvan and the gang at Hot Wheels...

Many thanks to Qvan and the gang at Hot Wheels MCC (http://www.hotwheelsbillund.dk/) for whom I would not have heard of this rally, nor would have benefited from their hospitality and expert...
Forum: Ride reports 03-01-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/hCWRaxRl.png The ferry...

http://i.imgur.com/hCWRaxRl.png

The ferry back to Denmark got stuck for a few hours due to rough seas, and arrived at 12:00 instead of 07:00. With my next ferry scheduld to leave Rotterdam 1000km...
Forum: Ride reports 03-01-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/ntmMWN9l.png We left the...

http://i.imgur.com/ntmMWN9l.png

We left the campsite at noon on Sunday after three days camping. Heading back down the hill was still icy, but nowhere near as difficult as when we arrived on...
Forum: Ride reports 03-01-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
A quick review of the Snugpak Antartica RE. I...

A quick review of the Snugpak Antartica RE. I didn't feel it got tested at -17, suffice to say that I didn't believe it got that cold until I was shown proof. I could not have been more comfortable...
Forum: Ride reports 02-28-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
Thanks, and thanks for agreeing to come! ...

Thanks, and thanks for agreeing to come!

"Pics or it didn't happen" :wink::lol3
Forum: Ride reports 02-28-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
Hello! Yes sadly I didn't catch you in Tanzania,...

Hello! Yes sadly I didn't catch you in Tanzania, though maybe next time. Drop me a note of your biking movements / when you're next both coming to London.
Forum: Ride reports 02-28-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
About half the number, we only studded the centre...

About half the number, we only studded the centre block and the two side blocks, leaving the outside blocks unstudded. The logic at the time was that we'd want the outside rubber for leaning on the...
Forum: Ride reports 02-28-2015, 06:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
:lol3 I'm sure next time I park next to a Youth...

:lol3 I'm sure next time I park next to a Youth Hostel I'll be more careful :freaky
Forum: Ride reports 02-28-2015, 05:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
Friday morning met me with a strong hangover....

Friday morning met me with a strong hangover. Norway has a zero blood alcohol tolerance, which was an excellent excuse to be a passenger in a sidecar for a day!

http://i.imgur.com/hTaO1cvh.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/CqUCEQHl.png The studs...

http://i.imgur.com/CqUCEQHl.png

The studs ready for action.
http://i.imgur.com/2ABqDiCh.jpg

Riding on the highway was an interesting experience. Firstly, the grip available was absolutely fine...
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/fEQ3pvQh.png We loaded...

http://i.imgur.com/fEQ3pvQh.png

We loaded the bikes the night before so we were all ready to go. I got up extra early to kick the 640 into life.
http://i.imgur.com/6uXbZV2h.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 05:11 AM
Replies: 31
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Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/ajuFsfkh.png Enter...

http://i.imgur.com/ajuFsfkh.png

Enter Mikael. Mike and I met on the ferry back from Iceland in the Summer and we kept in touch. I explained about this rally in late 2014, and after a few Skype...
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 02:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/RjbeAOch.png With...

http://i.imgur.com/RjbeAOch.png

With everything packed and ready to go, I hit the road at 18:00 to catch the 20:30 ferry. First stop a KTM dealer to pick up some spare engine oil - though now...
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 01:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
Work had me far away from home on Friday, so on a...

Work had me far away from home on Friday, so on a overcrowded return train journey from Birmingham to London I was calling anyone I knew who might be able to get tyres overnight. After ringing pretty...
Forum: Ride reports 02-26-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
Preparation

My opinion is that a trip becomes an adventure when there is a certain amount of uncertainty that gradually crescendos into pure panic the day before you leave. This trip had plenty of uncertainty...
Forum: Ride reports 02-26-2015, 02:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,934
Posted By whereisgibson
Primus Winter Rally, Norway

The Primus Rally is an event I heard about for the first time last summer, when I was staying with the Cozy Chicks MCC (http://www.cozybikers.dk/) in Denmark on my way back from the Iceland Star Grab...
Forum: Ride reports 09-14-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/bQDM9jO.png The ferry was...

http://i.imgur.com/bQDM9jO.png

The ferry was jam packed with vehicles, and we waited around an hour to get off and into Denmark.
http://i.imgur.com/oKQfv10h.jpg (http://imgur.com/oKQfv10)

I...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/HemI4l9.png My last day...

http://i.imgur.com/HemI4l9.png

My last day in Iceland was to ride 20 miles to the town where I fitted my tires, and then to the ferry port.

Leaving another lovely hostel:...
Forum: Ride reports 09-12-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/mbrB6c7.png I left the...

http://i.imgur.com/mbrB6c7.png

I left the hostel and headed north along the coast to set myself up for the return ferry.
http://i.imgur.com/OWCtJpmh.jpg (http://imgur.com/OWCtJpm)

Along the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-06-2014, 03:12 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
After the last day's attempt I spent that evening...

After the last day's attempt I spent that evening studying maps. The Open Map project had an interesting lead:
http://i.imgur.com/4EkZVcC.jpg (http://imgur.com/4EkZVcC)

You'll notice the white...
Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/HcqAbQN.png Star 25 of...

http://i.imgur.com/HcqAbQN.png

Star 25 of 25. Lnsrfi.

This star was the one to worry about. The F980 is famed for having a challenging river crossing...
Forum: Ride reports 08-31-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
Thanks Saso, I really hope the weather clears up...

Thanks Saso, I really hope the weather clears up for you. Today was all about star 25 which was zero fun in this weather riding across wet boulders, but that's for another post...!

I'm heading...
Forum: Ride reports 08-31-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/LOAqcZU.png An early...

http://i.imgur.com/LOAqcZU.png

An early start at 7am, I left my tent and gear at the campsite and backtracked to reach stars 22 and 23. With two river crossings marked on my map, and with much...
Forum: Ride reports 08-31-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/hWTyUJS.png Overnight the...

http://i.imgur.com/hWTyUJS.png

Overnight the weather had become severely wet and windy.
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Forum: Ride reports 08-31-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/x8Y8l12.png Packing up...

http://i.imgur.com/x8Y8l12.png

Packing up camp last night I noticed I was missing an essential item! This photo should include a picture of a bicycle pump.
http://i.imgur.com/yzrkwOdh.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 08-30-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/ZCeRmw0.png After a...

http://i.imgur.com/ZCeRmw0.png

After a relaxed evening in the hotel I aimed at my next star - number 16 Hraunfossar.
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Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
Nope, though I'm not sure I'd notice it form the...

Nope, though I'm not sure I'd notice it form the vibes riding on a 640 Adventure! :bash
Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/ODTi3dah.png I left the...

http://i.imgur.com/ODTi3dah.png
I left the North West hoping for a break in the weather. Nonetheless I still put on my full waterproofs, just in case.

Riding back along the same route I came in...
Forum: Ride reports 08-25-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/hRMBJei.png I left the...

http://i.imgur.com/hRMBJei.png

I left the hostel and took route 690 to join the southern road that winds west.
http://i.imgur.com/ih1G1L6h.jpg (http://imgur.com/ih1G1L6)

Two stars were on my...
Forum: Ride reports 08-24-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/tWtmQqY.png <object...

http://i.imgur.com/tWtmQqY.png
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Forum: Ride reports 08-24-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
I'll order the Bridgestone ones when I get back,...

I'll order the Bridgestone ones when I get back, thanks for the tip woods wizard. It was a Michelin UHD I pinched at 20psi, they are 4mm, and yes I didn't think it was worth patching because of that....
Forum: Ride reports 08-24-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/OMO04ai.png Leaving...

http://i.imgur.com/OMO04ai.png
Leaving Laugervatn on the F35, the road is a regular gravel track that progresses north, without much in the way of scenery above what Iceland's landscape normally...
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/3eC6Ev9.png...

http://i.imgur.com/3eC6Ev9.png (http://imgur.com/3eC6Ev9)

Back on the star hunt, I left the hostel and headed for Haifoss.
http://i.imgur.com/riGgdtjh.jpg (http://imgur.com/riGgdtj)
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Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
It's all part of the adventure. Yes bad karma on...

It's all part of the adventure. Yes bad karma on the whiskey, but hey I'm 1kg lighter on the rear shock now :) Pannier is holding on with one clip, which I'm checking every time I stop... it should...
Forum: Ride reports 08-20-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
The closest which any road passes that is the F26...

The closest which any road passes that is the F26 and that point is exactly the point where I had my puncture :rofl
Forum: Ride reports 08-20-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
Thanks :) I don't think the closures will...

Thanks :)

I don't think the closures will make much difference; the campsites are already busy with tourists, but remember you can wild-camp here.

The trails aren't that busy. Maybe one other...
Forum: Ride reports 08-20-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/t19XW8u.png A 'relaxed'...

http://i.imgur.com/t19XW8u.png

A 'relaxed' start at 11am, as I needed to find a new inner tube to carry as a spare. Heading out of the hot springs toward Selfoss.
http://i.imgur.com/LAy1tZHh.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 08-20-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/11C9l4zh.png...

http://i.imgur.com/11C9l4zh.png (http://imgur.com/11C9l4z)

Leaving Akureyri for a second time, with a forecast for good weather an opportunity to collect more stars in the south.
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Forum: Ride reports 08-18-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
http://i.imgur.com/hLG081x.png...

http://i.imgur.com/hLG081x.png (http://imgur.com/hLG081x)

Leaving Askja this morning, after a very blowy and cold night camping, we were informed that the F910 that I had joined was now closed...
Forum: Ride reports 08-18-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,322
Posted By whereisgibson
It's great to have you on board Blader, the gap...

It's great to have you on board Blader, the gap has been too long! :freaky
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