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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Tue Feb 20 2018, 22:50

I'm deffo going to Jems Sunday, I have an appointment... Yep you heard correct Rob. My midlife crisis is coming along nicely, I even had a Skiing Holiday last week (and lived).


Sounds like Friday night is gonna be busy, I'm hoping to be there about 5-6ish before it gets dark,
still haven't decided on tent or tin tent.
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Wed Feb 21 2018, 20:57

Whats the food preference for Fri night? I think there's a very good choice locally..

I'm good for owt but least favourite is English closely followed by Italian. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Wed Feb 21 2018, 21:14

Curry

but tbh anything except Mexican or Thai will be fine with us.
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Thu Feb 22 2018, 07:33

Oh yeah and Mexican -3.. It's all exactly the same stuff just wrapped differently innit?

But wait.. no Thai? Oh Ardeee that's disappointing.. After all, it's just halfway between Indian and Chinese.  Very Happy

I'll miss me Nasi Gereng Mutang Rendang on Chips.
Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Fri Feb 23 2018, 17:38

Gonna be bloody icy tonight!! Wrap up warm if you’re tenting, dont want any hypothermia victims, especially you older buggers..... have fun ☃️☃️
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Sun Feb 25 2018, 22:40

What a great weekend it turned out to be, I had traffic trouble on the way which meant it was gathering gloom by the time I got there. Daves 'ample' room turned out to be only just big enough for all the vehicles and I ended up in a corner wedged between a previous fire and pile of erm.. something mucky.
The tent hadn't seen the light of day for almost 10 years, all the elastics in the poles were 10 foot long and I had to pull loads out and re knot them, then I had to try and remember how the tent went together.
I loaded the bed into it and blew it up then added sleeping bags and an extra one as a duvet.



Absolutely starving by now, the rest of the guys had long since fecked off to the pub so once Ardee and Mike had set up their home, we toddled off to find them and then left to find some foreign food.
We had a great meal in a local Chinese then returned to the pub to talk two stroke bollox with the rest of the guys.
Around half eleven, the rest of the pub now empty we got a hint from the landlady who was pacing around the bar in her coat! And we duly left and headed back to camp.
It seemed too early for bed and Ardee had the foresight to bake a chocolate cake so we all stood around laughing and talking while having cakey and beer for another hour or so.





Eventually it was time for bed, I had come armed with a secret weapon hot water bottle so duly filled the kettle and set it going on the stove. But just a minute later I noticed it had gone out. Damn.
There was a spare canister in the bikebus, which turned out to be about 2" longer than would fit in the stove, double damn!
Anyhow, I managed to stay fairly warm without it but had to get up fairly early to empty a bursting bladder. There was frost over the tent and the bikes that had slept out for the night.



I found haggler already up with a cuppa in hand. With no gas I couldn't make one myself nor make the all day breakfast I had brought so I had to go and use Dave's facilities in the workshop.
Eventually more and more people arose and arrived and a little later than planned, the rideout got together.
I moved the Bikebus onto Dave's gravel drive so as not to get blocked in.



While trying to filter past the inevitable traffic queue in Malton I could suddenly hear raised voices, much shouting and remonstrating just ahead, it turned out to be Dave Mutts and Parky taking issue with a guy in a merc who had tried to push wide and stop the bikes filtering then managed to run over Dave's foot.
The argument spilled over into Morrison's car park where there was much finger pointing and tongue lashing before the protagonists cooled down and went their ways.

The rideout got moving again and finally able to move along without feet and clutch use we started to make some good progress north to Pickering then turned right towards Scarborough. The A170 is a fast road broken by small and quaint villages with severe speed limits, and as is pretty common, a Police van with camera.



Heading east into the prevailing wind I realised that I hadn't secured the top of my jacket and freezing cold air was getting in. There was no way of grabbing the zip and tag with my oversized gloves so I had to grinand bear it or stop and get left behind. I stuck it out.
Dave led us up to the north bay but carried on to the middle of nowhere and pulled into the Oasis Cafe (again).
I hate this place, it is nowhere, there is nothing there except the cafe and the food is lousy. It took almost 15 mins to get a baked tater, and I had to complain to get it even then since they had served everyone else after me and the place was now queue less.





There was a stiff breeze which felt sub zero, but despite the cold, people were still getting Kayaks and surfboards off their cars and going into the sea. I told one couple that they must be "madder than us".. and they agreed!



Several line up pictures were taken and the bikes shuffled around for more. Eventually we set off back via the south bay, where there are shops, restaurants, places to hide and get warm and better food.. Grrrr
Riding back was a bit better with the wind behind us. As soon as we got back to Dave's I pulled in behind the Bikebus on Dave's gravel Drive ready to load up.
Moving the bike in the gravel was almost impossible, Mick858 had to help me just turn it around, and I then had to use the winch to move it in a Bikebusley direction.
But that was my Rally over as I had a family gathering for Sat night.

You'll have to look elsewhere for the Saturday night shenanigans.

I picked up with Phil Swiv, Haggler and Mick858 for breakfast at Jems on Sunday, while waiting for them to arrive, I ticked another item off the bucket list and had my first Tattoo.

So, to all those that didn't/couldn't go.. Hoho.. you don't know what you missed! I can't wait to get together again, and even the next years Minus 2 Stroke Rally, I'll double check that gas next time.

Ardee! more Cakey please!


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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Sun Feb 25 2018, 23:23

Thanks for the hospitality Dave and use of your field / drive / kettle / local..

Thanks to Phil Swiv for organising things.

great weekend. lets do it again next year.
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Mon Feb 26 2018, 07:16

Thanks for doing a write up, Wolfie. Enjoyed the ride, and it was a good turn out. The sea front was, you could say, bracing. -2stroke lived up to the name this year.
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Mon Feb 26 2018, 14:02

I didn't realise there was frost on Saturday morning. By the time we finally dragged ourselves out of bed it had gone. Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Mon Feb 26 2018, 14:03

And by the time we finally dragged ourselves out of bed on Sunday morning all the people had gone, except for Tony Booth! Embarassed Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Mon Feb 26 2018, 15:14

You really should get an alarm clock Tracey.. Or... I'm sure we could arrange something on the day. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Mon Feb 26 2018, 19:19

Great stuff! Nice writeup and photo’s..... maybe next year for me although my natural instincts tell me to avoid camping in sub zero temps
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Mon Feb 26 2018, 22:40

Looks like a good weekend was had. Nice one!!
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Tue Feb 27 2018, 14:06

Wolfie wrote:
You really should get an alarm clock Tracey.. Or... I'm sure we could arrange something on the day. lol!

I have one. The evil thing wakes me up every day! Evil or Very Mad The weekend was our first day off since early January so we were totally shattered. Sleep Didn't even hear anyone leave except one bike and one van. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Thu Mar 01 2018, 21:54

Wolfie, last time you put up that tent, was at squires, in the pissing rain friday night, prob 2013,
i helped you, Thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: The minus 2 Stroke Rally, 23rd and 24th Feb 2018   Fri Mar 02 2018, 07:44

I think I'll have to disagree John.. I know my memory is sh(i)ot but I'm pretty certain the only time(s) I stopped over was in the biggie cos it was local and I could car the tent/gear, then go home for the bike.

In fact Royboy came for a sleepover on at least one occasion and that deffo was the big top.

But in an infinite universe, anything is possible.

We can arm wrestle for it next time out. Very Happy
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