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Old 11-14-2011, 04:50 AM   #91
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Let me in ....PLS!

OMG! What a fantastic and inviting report!

Would you include me in the enxt ride like this? I would give in exchange some legal off road and muddy paths in Luxembourg, we'd ride together....
I live in Luxembourg city.

Just le me know when you'll organize somethin like this in the future, pls!

THanks!!!
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:22 AM   #92
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Pumpy, lunchtime !
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:28 AM   #93
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:50 AM   #94
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Pumpy, lunchtime !
Sorry, the Oxford TRF newsletter has to be published by tonight - I shouldn't even be looking here...
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:13 AM   #95
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a few lunchbreaks have past now...
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:35 AM   #96
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Pumpy must be very hungry ... guess she's still eating
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:38 AM   #97
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Nevertheless, a great report Pumpy!!
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:56 PM   #98
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Phew, what a busy week! And instead of going out like everybody else on a Saturday night, I will stay at home and carry on writing then. Mind you, I still have a few bottles of finest Trappist in the fridge...

Thank you very much for your (mainly...) nice feedback and apologies for the delay.

Ok, things will be getting down and dirty now - the trails which Black Dirt Knight Bert was showing us became more and more interesting.

This little gem, for instance, exiting through the bushes in the middle of the picture, reminded me very much of one of my favourites at home: Badger Lane near Ysceifiog in Flintshire, North Wales...


Ok, whereto do I lead them now?


Come on, Bert, hurry up - we don't have all day!


Let's do some lanes then while we are here...


... and enjoy more of the lovely Belgian countryside


I wonder if Windy had an uneasy sense of what was lying ahead...


This promises to get entertaining...


Seems like some HGV got stuck in front - Windy to the rescue (and Pumpy, of course - I'm not just taking pictures!)


After getting Jomme going again, it was our turn...


... but worry not, young Phil, Bert came back to lend a helping hand (personally, when I lead a ride, I let my tail-ender do the work... )


Oops, around the next corner the trail was blocked again!


Hey, Jomme, there is an old English saying: when you are in a hole, stop digging...


Does Bert look slightly knackered yet?


Let's try the right rut then, Windy...


Stuck!


Hang on, a knight in - erm, shining? - armour is on his way!


Why you should always keep your distance...


Well, after the big trailies had reached safe ground, it was my turn and I thought I'd be particularly clever by changing ruts halfway through...

Fortunately Bert was still around.

When regrouping at the top...


... we discovered the cause for our difficulties on the slope - who in their right mind goes trail-riding on slicks?


Let's ride a bit more, shall we?


There's still some mud to finish...


Belgian Byway sign - in order to count as agricultural traffic, make sure you have a GS in the group...


Off into the sunset...


Well, that's the last Windy and I saw of our group: while Phil waited for me until I had put my camera away, Jomme saw his chance to get rid of us - there are only so many GS-jokes you can take, I suppose.

Still, we all made it back to the campsite and in the evening we were reunited with no hard feelings - I think...


The hardcore gang must have had a few before dinner - they looked blurred already...


Fondue was on the menu and everyone tucked in


Well, not everyone: Possu and I had been served half-frozen salmon chunks which we were supposed to dunk into the same oil as the meat-eaters...

Having been a chef in his previous life, Steve returned the fish to the kitchen suggesting to quickly bake the fish with some tomatoes and onions in the oven. And then we waited... with growling stomachs... and waited... wasting away... and waited some more...

Until the inevitable happened!


Who - me?


I'm sorry that I have to show you this...


And the very next moment our chips, err, salmon arrived, typically!


Neither the food nor the mathematical skills of the bistro staff cast a very flattering light on the Belgian gastronomy - but the campfire, the stories and laughs made up for any shortcomings!


Well, and in the next instalment I will tell you about Sunday -

To be continued...
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:10 PM   #99
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Mind you, I still have a few bottles of finest Trappist in the fridge...
this time wait until after dinner and take your time to enjoy it. It will make sure the enjoyment isn't forgotten soon afterwards


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Well, and in the next instalment I will tell you about Sunday -

To be continued...
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:44 AM   #100
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It's a shame and a pity that the chef of the local "bistro" wasn't able to offer you a decent vegetarian meal. Because the meat was OK. But the real surprise was the delicious taste of the french fries. I'm 40 years old and as a true Belgian guy I've had my share of french fries, but those french fries were the best in the world. I've never ever eaten so much french fries in my life !
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:03 AM   #101
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Because the meat was OK.
Yeah, that's what Possu said...

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I'm 40 years old and as a true Belgian guy I've had my share of french fries, but those french fries were the best in the world.
You are 40 already?! However, the fries were more like the ones I know from Germany - personally, I prefer the British hand-carved variety.

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I've never ever eaten so much french fries in my life!
Same here, I give you that...

Don't take my comments to heart, Aleph, I'm not critizing the Belgian cuisine - just this one bistro didn't impress me that much.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:22 PM   #102
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Note to self: don't let yourself be talked into tailending for Pumpy.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:27 AM   #103
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You are 40 already?!

this one bistro didn't impress me that much.
About my age: lol, I can hide it very well, isn't it?

About the quality of the bistro: the taste of the french fries was completely and totally the opposite of the overall - lack of - quality of the bistro, I agree on that. But, well, we could eat and drink and have fun and it wasn't expensive and it wasn't far and it gave us some fine stories, so the overall score is still positive.

Question: does anybody has the e-mail address of AllroadToine?

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you guys should have come to the wedding with us. The food was totally delicious

You would have had to give up half a day of riding for it though.
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:43 PM   #105
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About my age: lol, I can hide it very well, isn't it?

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