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Thread: Ok, I piggin give in..who's up for a proper fords ride???

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    I'll play

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steptoe View Post
    No, just checked.

    This is moreton. With a very nice cafe the other side, where you can sit and have lunch while the bikes that have been pulled out can dry .

    Why are all the vultures at the far side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Armstrong View Post
    Why are all the vultures at the far side?
    Thats where the deep part is. See the bike stuck at the far side, that's tim cullis who tried to take the long route to avoid the "hole". He sunk, that's him pushing the bike out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanum View Post
    John.......a couple of years ago, we did the millpond/stream one , and as it's one you can't walk (its too bloody long..you ride in, ride along 300m, then exit around the edges of a mill pond that's VERY deep) people were asking me how deep it was.....

    I waved my hands around in front of me, indicating about a foot or so, and It turned out to be an 'interesting' ride through....an inch below the level of a GS air intake IIRC.....(you can ride water that's about 6 inches deeper if you know how, but thats another story

    I've given up trying to estimate depth.....we walk all (bar that one) first and I'll go through it first so people know.....if it's above knee height, we don't do it.

    In the briefing, I will make it very clear that you can KILL your GS if you drop it, drown it and try and start it again without clearing the water, and if/when someone does drop a bike in the wet stuff, we'll all pull it out, pull the plugs and sort it before risking trying anything.

    That said, riding through fords isn't for those who are ever-so precious about their bikes or don't appreciate the risks.


    Its a fekking good giggle though
    You forgot to mention the bike breaking down on the exit and the traffic jam through the mangrove swamp

    I'm no biking god but I really enjoyed that day

    If I recall a 600 Diversion did every ford that day

    and the sidecar outfit was amazing

    If you don't fancy driving the ford you don't have to just sit back and watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steptoe View Post
    is that last picture at Moreton ?

    Nope, Moreton's Daaaaaaaaaarzet....a bit too far for Saturday.

    It was on one of the early plans I did for one of the Pub-garden based Hograosts though , but then reality kicked in and we found that 80 miles was plenty if there were 6 or more 'proper' fords to play in
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    Gents, trust me if you've never done a Fords run you're missing out.

    If you don't fancy riding your bike through one, you can just watch but I can guarantee you that you will at some stage go for it. The team spirit is excellent (you will invariably get roped in to help pull out a dropped bike) and will keep you laughing over your Hograst pint for hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taff View Post
    Gents, trust me if you've never done a Fords run you're missing out.

    Go on - you know you want to.
    I do really, but I haven't even had a first service yet (today at 11:00 am!) so am thinking "do I want to drown my precious before its got a thou on the clock?"

    I'm sure that later on tonight it'll make perfect sense....
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    er - can i bring a road bike along? and can i ride round the fords if i don't want to drown my old hinckley triple? it's got carbs on it so i don't really want to drop it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steptoe View Post
    Thats where the deep part is. See the bike stuck at the far side, that's tim cullis who tried to take the long route to avoid the "hole". He sunk, that's him pushing the bike out.
    Sounds right I see no one has gone to help Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Armstrong View Post
    I see no one has gone to help Tim
    Where's the fun in that
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Armstrong View Post
    Sounds right I see no one has gone to help Tim
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    Can't make it to the 'Raost this year, but if you've got a post-event tracklog/route plan Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragnar View Post
    Can't make it to the 'Raost this year, but if you've got a post-event tracklog/route plan Bill

    Awww David

    The route I've put in is actually the same as the one from previous threads (up above) but Yes, I'll post the actual log after the weekend as well, in case anything's changed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanum View Post
    Awww David

    The route I've put in is actually the same as the one from previous threads (up above) but Yes, I'll post the actual log after the weekend as well, in case anything's changed
    Yeah, I know - hasn't worked out with timing this year

    I'll dig into the previous threads and grab the route!

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