Posts Tagged ‘Passandale’

Even though my Guzzi let me down, I did eventually make the Rally in Belgium,

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By the time I was dropped off at my lockup, the day was fast disappearing, and it was now early afternoon, so I unloaded the Guzzi, and put that bike safely in my lockup, and loaded everything onto my little Triumph, all loaded, and without so much as a coffee, I was once again heading for Dover, the ferry, and onto the John Bull. Nobody thought I would go, and who can really blame them, it is a fair drag from my place to Dover, and even worse on a Friday, and especially one that coincides with a holiday weekend, but I was once again on the road.
It was four pm when I finally got to the ferry port, and I had just missed a ferry, the next one was at six pm, then you get a two hour crossing to France, you then lose another hour as they are on a different time zone, so it would just be getting dark when I get off the ferry. I then had to head out into unknown territory as I made my way slowly to the camp site in Belgium, and as the darkness grew, so the temperature dropped, and it was freezing when I arrived about an hour and a half later. I then had to pitch the tent before joining all my friends for a well earned beer.

So Saturday morning it was time for a mooch about before brekkie…

Some you will recognise Ed’s A65 Thunderbolt…

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Ed’s 1970 A65T

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Bryan’s Flash and box.

Now Ed, had a relation who fought and died in the Great war, and a few years ago we went in search of this man at the Tyne Cott cemetery, and having found his name we thought it was job done, but Ed found out about a little private museum on a farm in Passandale, right there in the fields where his late relation stood and fought, so last time out we searched for this farm but we never found it. So this time I said to Ed I would find the place and we would go, and I did, so Mr Ed emailed the young man who started the museum, and arrangements were made for a saturday visit, so a few of us loaded up, and a short ride later we were there. Funnily enough, we were on the right road last time, but never went far enough to find the farm, Pond Farm.

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DIY WW1 tank, big boys toys.

He has a WW1 tank buried on his land, he knows where it is, but he is not allowed to dig it out, so he built his own.

Dieter and his mate just dropped down for the weekend from Hamburg, a round trip of over 1000 miles on girder rigid twins.

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Girder Rigids

More pictures in the slideshow here…