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Posted: 21 September 2014 at 10:28am | IP Logged Quote wully

WULLYíS (you must be brave)
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I left Youles Motorcycles around 18.10 on Thursday, to
ride to Dover to catch the 02.10 ferry to
Calais. Arriving around 11.30 the ride being
uneventful except for the detour around Dover to get
to
the docks.
From Calais to the Rally start in Stuttgart went
smoothly, but for one thing having to stop regularly
for petrol, my idea that stopping this often would be
beneficial has it would keep me fresh and stop
me getting stiff was starting to cause concerns.
At the Hotel I was created by John young who was
drinking a very large glass of beer, several more
beers were consumed and lots of banter as the entrants
started to arrive.
Saturday was the start of the rally signing in, odo
check and technical inspection. It was while signing
in that I questioned myself. Chris one of the rally
masters asked me what bike are you riding?
Triumph Scrambler.

Your brave!

No malice was intended but a statement of fact, I was
brave, the traditional bike of choice is a
tourer, large adventure bike. I had chosen a bike
designed for someone who rides at the most 200 miles
per trip. What have I let myself in for.

Odo check and technical inspection went with no
trouble.

The check points were given out and rally book so
planning for leg one began. My route started to
take shape, I decided to pace myself and not to get to
tired.

So at 6am on the Sunday it started, I left for my
first cp Krems anderDonau, Austria , this check point
was 350 miles away so it was to take several hours.
Itís amazing how you doubt your decisions when
thatís all you think about. The next one visited the
Bratislava UFO, not as far but still over 2hours away.
The next and possibly my bravest, Vienna Central
Cemetary, this required finding find 5 grave
stones, this went fairly easy.
The stones were, Falco, Ludwig Von Beethoven, Curd
Juergens, Fatty Georgeand Helmet Qualtinger.
I then went to Graz to cafť called Murinsel were also
needed a receipt. The waiter look at me as
though I was mad when I need to buy something but only
needed a receipt. The next check point Ljubljiana
Slovenia the BUTCHERS Bridge, On this bridge could be
found small sculptures . I found this a very
interesting town and would love to visit it and spend
time there.

It was now getting late and I started to think about
having a rest, my next checkpoint was to be
Rifugio auronzoin Italy. Following the sat nav I found
myself going back to Austria. I stopped at a
service station erected my tent had something to eat
and went to sleep. My plan was always to get
minimum of 5 hours sleep.
Waking up I broke camp bought some breakfast and was
off. It was very
dark and foggy, the start of Italian Tyrol not fun in
the fog. The fog and night finally broke and
glorious sunlight day 2 was going to be brilliant.
A succession of mountain passes through the Tyrol and
the Italian Alps at Lago Bianco we were to meet with
one of the Rally Masters the approach to checkpoint
can on be described as one of a kind. Then to the
compulsory checkpoint Hotel Miramont. It can rain
round here the road was like a river.
Leg one was good Iíd panned my ride and rode the plan,
I made some changes due to delays
because of traffic. I scored 38148 points and was
placed 18th. I could not believe it.
My account of leg 2 will follow.

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Posted: 21 September 2014 at 2:03pm | IP Logged Quote GarminDave

Cheers Wully, nice report.

Later

Dave

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Posted: 22 September 2014 at 1:29am | IP Logged Quote John Young

Come on Wully - where's the second part ?

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Posted: 22 September 2014 at 2:13am | IP Logged Quote Pyranthal

Good to hear you're back to enjoying your rallies.  Good report and looking forward to part 2

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Posted: 22 September 2014 at 1:31pm | IP Logged Quote FazerPhil

Well done Wully. Your certainly getting the hang of
it.

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