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Flossie's day out #701179
07/09/17 7:23 am
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The Crypt - South East England
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We have a special affection for the great (and weird) pebble beach at Dungeness on the south coast of Kent and we were supposed to be meeting our mates there for lunch. The plan was that they would be riding over from East Sussex where the famous Rabbit Rally was being held. Various health crises had prevented our own family from camping at the rally and so we were taking Flossie for a day trip on the back of Graham’s Speedtwin. Unfortunately, the plan had to change because our mates also had to cry-off from the rally for various reasons.
Having ridden over to the seaside town of Walmer to pick up Flossie we decided to stick to the country lanes as we crossed Kent and pay our respects to the lovely Emma and her gang of helpers who make the Rabbit rally such a success. Here’s a typical lane at its summer best:
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Blimey, those lanes twist and turn and go up and down and road junctions often don’t have a sign-post so it wasn’t surprising we got lost umpteen times.
Our route eventually took us across the Romney marsh, which is so flat you can see the spires of village churches in the distance ages before you get to them as the lanes twist and turn to avoid ditches and dikes. Absolutely first-rate motorcycling stuff, but you need your wits about you!
Typical of the scenes that meet your eye is the tiny hamlet of St Mary’s in the Marsh – just an ancient church, a pub and a few houses all built on land recovered from the sea and steeped in a history of smuggling stuff to and from France (wool out and brandy/tobacco back!)
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Down on the border of the Romney and Walland marshes can be found the tiny village of Brookland where the ancient church exhibits a curious feature. Its spire/bell-tower is not to be found in the usual place (on top of the tower) but resides on the ground beside the church. Local folklore claims the tower fell down in shock when an exceptionally beautiful bride turned up at the altar to be married to an immensely ugly groom (there are other, lewder reasons given for the shock, related to the lax morals of the local maidens). Of course, the real explanation is that the marshy ground was unable to support the weight of the bell-tower so they were separated.
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After three hours hard riding we rode into the rally site only to find that the participants were all out on the group ride! However, Emma and several others were still around so our objective was achieved. So after a slap up lunch in the Robin Hood pub we returned Flossie to her home and found we had clocked up over 160 miles on the round trip.


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701192
07/09/17 10:29 am
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So great to hear from you guys again! I miss seeing your adventures in beautiful Kent. Your Wonderful pictures make me wish I could come back and enjoy the history, countryside, people and ... of course the beer!
Thanks for posting.
I miss Graham's Facebook page.
Don in Niagara


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701199
07/09/17 12:25 pm
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Looks like some good times in a lovely part of the world, good on yer for getting the old bikes out and showin' 'em how it's done.

And Flossie, who has to use her senses of feel and smell and hearing instead of seeing, KNOWS how motorcycle riding is supposed to be done. Sensory overload!

Lannis


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701234
07/09/17 6:09 pm
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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701267
07/09/17 10:13 pm
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Wonderful photos and yarn again, Grandad! Enjoy the Flossie trips and countryside pictures of the scenery. I looked up St. Marys in the Marsh and also Brookland. Wonderful countryside. Thanks for taking us along on the ride!

Cheers

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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701368
07/10/17 8:05 pm
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Grandad,
Thanks for posting! Flossie is well, then, I trust?
Hope your medical crises were none too severe, and hope all is well with you & yours, sir!


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: ricochetrider] #701378
07/10/17 9:15 pm
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Hi Tom,

Flossie is in fine fettle, she will be over your side of the pond soon, sailing for the UK in an international competition on Lake Michigan. There's no stopping that lass!!
As for our family, everything is OK now, although I think my camping days are over. Motorcycling is still going strong though!!
Thanks for your kind enquiry.

Allan


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701401
07/11/17 1:43 am
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F-L-O-S-S-I-E !!!!!!!! good stuff Grandad ...thanks for posting!!


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701406
07/11/17 2:41 am
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Here's to a successful sailing for Flossie!

Hope bb.com will have some Michigandish member stop in to take some pix!


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701411
07/11/17 3:54 am
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Do you know the name of and where and when the competition is. Just off the top of my head Lake Michigan is about 300 miles long and 90 miles across.

Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701429
07/11/17 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by Grandad
Hi Tom,

Flossie is in fine fettle, she will be over your side of the pond soon, sailing for the UK in an international competition on Lake Michigan. There's no stopping that lass!!
As for our family, everything is OK now, although I think my camping days are over. Motorcycling is still going strong though!!
Thanks for your kind enquiry.

Allan


WOW, international sailing competition? I'd be interested to know the competition Flossie will participate in, I would make some attempt to see it online. As for camping.... I hope your camping days haven't ended but in any event you can always still day trip out to rallies and events to visit friends... Friendship never ends. smile

I guess Flossie will be traveling with the sailing team, but she's always welcome here, if her travels bring her to the US east coast. :bigt

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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701467
07/11/17 5:50 pm
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Heh,

Agood day, so it was. And that ain't just any old International competition Flossy is competing in ... she's part of the Great Britain team taking part in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS for blind sailing! She's working the 'main sheet' on Great Britain's entry in the 32' yaugh class.

She ain't my daughter, but bloody hell i'm proud of her anyway!

smile


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701469
07/11/17 5:59 pm
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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Ob1quixote] #701485
07/11/17 7:48 pm
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If it is, I would be honored to meet Miss Flossie and take some pictures.
Sheboygan is only 2 hours away.

Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Grandad] #701556
07/12/17 12:23 pm
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The full calendar is HERE but the 2017 Blind Fleet Racing World Championships will be held at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, September 11-17, 2017.


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: Graham Ham] #701557
07/12/17 12:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Graham Ham
Heh,

Agood day, so it was. And that ain't just any old International competition Flossy is competing in ... she's part of the Great Britain team taking part in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS for blind sailing! She's working the 'main sheet' on Great Britain's entry in the 32' yaugh class.

She ain't my daughter, but bloody hell i'm proud of her anyway!

smile


Graham,
Hey ol man how ya doin! You and Grandad have certainly had a big hand in helping Flossie grow up to be a great & adventuresome young woman! IMO you have every right to be proud!

clap clap clap clap clap


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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: ricochetrider] #701561
07/12/17 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by ricochetrider
Originally Posted by Graham Ham
Heh,

Agood day, so it was. And that ain't just any old International competition Flossy is competing in ... she's part of the Great Britain team taking part in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS for blind sailing! She's working the 'main sheet' on Great Britain's entry in the 32' yaugh class.

She ain't my daughter, but bloody hell i'm proud of her anyway!

smile


Graham,
Hey ol man how ya doin! You and Grandad have certainly had a big hand in helping Flossie grow up to be a great & adventuresome young woman! IMO you have every right to be proud!

clap clap clap clap clap


Likewise

:bigt


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For the ocean will decide,
Its not the destination,
It's the glory of the ride”
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Re: Flossie's day out [Re: franko] #701634
07/13/17 6:13 pm
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I seem to remember taking a few days to ride round it.....


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