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MTO Oostende #750173 09/23/18 2:02 pm
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Last weekend, (sorry dudes been a tad busy) we all gathered at the meeting point for the ride down to Dover...

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Booked in at the ferry terminal, and then waited in the lanes...

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Walked over to the customer *Rip off* centre to be robbed of half our holiday money, for a cup of Joe, what a bunch of robbing barstewards they are. Captive audience I guess...

But soon we were riding up the ramp and onto the ship...

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Found a table and got breakfast, yet another rip off, but I was getting used to it by then, off the ferry after two hours. To find ourselves in Dunkerque, then it was just a simple ride up to Vernue for lunch, I was flabbergasted to learn that once again, there were no mussels to be had. Same happened last year..! Had to make do with a beer and a chat in the Sun shine, all very nice indeed. Then we were once again off to the Hotel in Oostende, a ride of about 40 miles, along a canal, very nice roads too. Baza on Monty's Rat was leading the way, so I just KNEW it wouldn't be long.... And I was proved right, for there it was, the word I've been looking for...Umerlingen...Or something like that, to Baza that's like a Red Rag to a Bull. Straight for it he heads, no stopping the lad. What's it mean..? Road Works, and before we knew where we were, about 15 of us were riding along wet tarmac, a woman came out of her house screaming something, I think it was, Hello chaps have a nice day.... laughing

Nothing like riding your bike around road signs, and Red & White tape, to get to where you need to be, far easier than following the long diversions in place, and soon we were all showered up, and sitting in the hotel bar quaffing Belgium beer...


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After a few snifters, we went out on the town for a Chinky nose bag, we usually do this and on the past it was fantastic, BUT, this time it was Crap. Waited far too long for the meal, which when it came was mediocre at best. Won't be going there again in a hurry, finished up in the Spanish bar, listening and singing along to a real right proper Pub singer. You know the type, they put vibrato in, then at the crescendo they pull the Mic away from their mouth. All the while slightly out of tune, if you don't know what I mean, look for the Billy Connelly sketch on Pub signers. He explains it perfectly. This bloke was just right, and so was the pub...

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Back to the hotel in the wee small hours, kip, then up in the morning for their Eat as Much as you can breakfast. Lovely too it is, but first I needed me morning shower, always thought I'd get killed riding me bike, today I had a near death experience in the bloody shower. Lifted me leg to wash me foot, and next thing I know I'm waking up in the bath tub, with a massive lump on me noggin. Slipped over I did, whacking me head on the radiator nailed to the wall. Knocked me for six it did, I've heard of old people dying after slipping over in the bath, so that's it, it's official, I'm OLD... shocked

After the breakfast, and sympathy along with headache pills, I got on the FORTY INCHER and off we set, today we were going to visit Ypres. Seeing as it's 100yrs after the first war, a lovely ride there, albeit with a throbbing head, got there to see this lot...

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They too were mooching around for the 100yr anniversary, I wasn't feeling up to much mooching, so sat in a restaurant and looked after a beer for a while till it was time for lunch, then we left there and ending up at the trench of death, which is on this here river...

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After a good mooch around we hit the road, and finally got back to the hotel carpark...

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Once again I had a shower, and THIS time got out with me life intact, dressed and off to the Fish restaurant..

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I ordered up Fruits of the Sea...

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Then we hit the town and drank our way into the wee small hours, some drank far more than they should, ONE lad never made it to the start of the rally, strange thing as that's the whole point of the weekend, the Sunday ride..! So we left him in the hotel and went to the square to see what was about and to Book into the rally proper....

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Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750176 09/23/18 2:54 pm
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These things were all the rage when I was 16, although it wasn't any good for my Man size physic, so I had me a Suzuki AP50...

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Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750177 09/23/18 3:04 pm
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WOW!

waiting..........


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Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750190 09/23/18 5:08 pm
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After a coffee which is all part of the entry, using the ticket they have, we were off...

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Keeping a keen eye open for the Yellow signs with MTO pointing the way at various junctions, all dead easy...

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This part of Belgium is quite flat and featureless, due no doubt to the amount of WW1 bombing, but once in a while you get nice tree coverage...

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Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750191 09/23/18 5:21 pm
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Eventually we arrived at the lunch stop....

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Where you hand over another ticket, at the chuck wagon, and get a box full of Fries and meat on s skewer...

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Of COURSE I never took a picture, as my hands were full... Instead I did some mooching...

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Weird and wonderful bikes, but there's also weird and strange people there too...

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Soon our bellies full and the beer bottle empty, we hit the road again, to get to the ice cream stop, but before the ice cream I SIMPLY had to have me a Belgium cake...

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Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750196 09/23/18 5:41 pm
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At the ice cream stop...

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Where the local mayor welcomes us all, and makes a speech, which none of US could understand. Hence me getting the cake... grin

Then after yet another beer, we hit the road under police escort to arrive at a venue where all the prizes were handed out, longest distance, oldest bike, ect. You know the score...

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After that a short ride back to the hotel, and a quick shower, before hitting the town for the last time. Where we went to a steak house for some thick juicy steaks, unfortunately they had changed management, and after 2 long hours of waiting, we all got up and stormed out. Leaving a kind word of encouragement with the manager, he'll never see us there again..!

Glad to say we found a nice Italian place, and had a wonderful meal there, finishing the night at a nice drinking place... grin

Next morning we all paid up and loaded the bikes, hitting the road in glorious Sun shine, filling the tank one of our lot wasn't there, seems he's coil had packed up on the A65 he was on. Making sure he was ok we hit the road once more, only for an A50 to stop running...

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In the end we had to leave him to sort it, we all had a ferry to catch, but it turned out to be a blocked fuel tank cap. On the ferry we all had a nice curry and sat there chatting in the warm Sun, until all the heavy weekend started to take it's toll...

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A fantastic weekend once again lads, only three breakdowns this year, Mr Ed with a loose wire on the way out ferry, which he stayed on and never returned. Rab & Ella with the fried coil on the A65, and Steve with his blockage on the petrol tank cap. I'm happy to report that MY 'A' series did the whole weekend without fault, but then it IS an A10...

Totally pig sick that Cochise wasn't in attendance, but he's now fully fettled with a set of new oil pump gears, so keep em peeled they'll be a yarn on here about him soon.... grin


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Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750205 09/23/18 8:01 pm
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Nice bikes , great pictures .
Altough I am from Belgium , I've never been to this ( or any other ) oldtimer rally , and probably never will .
It just isn't my thing .
I was riding in the Pyrenees at that time , where I saw a hole bunch of similar old bikes on col de Pailhères :

(I will post a few pics ..)

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Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750217 09/23/18 9:55 pm
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WOW great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750234 09/23/18 11:45 pm
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Yes, absolutely fantastic.....that Matchless engined Brough Superior, that Morgan, that............. ah, great stuff, KS !

Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750287 09/24/18 12:34 pm
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Wonderful trip. Fantastic bikes.


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Re: MTO Oostende [Re: Kent Shaun] #750302 09/24/18 3:07 pm
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Yeah man what a weekend!

Now Shaun, here's the ultimate set up for your ol Injun bro... for down the road someday when you're rolling in dough.... Think I'll try to sort something similar for my Norton- maybe for next year's Lake Superior Ride? Something I can easily bolt or clamp on then remove again?

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