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1Back to top Go down    The last camp for 2012 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:54 pm

sidecar paul

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Well, that's it for this year. Our destination for last weekend was the Colne Valley Railway, in Essex, for the Hedingham Sidecar Owners Club's 'Winter Warmer'

Thursday was as wet as you could get and it looked a bit dodgy for the weekend but Friday dawned sunny and bright so I enjoyed a pleasant ride south-east, even though the low sun was in my face much of the time. I set up my tent high up on the field, in case of rain, and behind the carriages, in case of wind.



Of course, clear skies at this time of the year don't offer much insulation, so when I returned to my tent around 1.30AM the door was as stiff as a board with frost.

Those who camp in winter will know that butane gas is useless in the cold. I wouldn't trust a petrol stove inside my tent and although I have a meths stove, I do prefer the convenience of gas.

So, what does any enterprising camper do? He makes himself an 'electric sock' (20W) to heat the gas canister. cheers It works a treat, giving good heat right until the can is empty.



For those of you who worry about such things, it does have a thermostat.

Saturday morning started cloudy, but by midday the rain started. I chose not to join the ride-out so was given the job of keeping the outside log fire ticking over. Fortunately we had the use of a railway carriage for 'socialising' (read - drinking). The first carriage behind this loco.



And the buffet car, left in this picture, provided meals and a bar for the evening sessions.



The rain continued well into the evening and several of those who braved the run, returned with soggy clothes. Many places in the UK suffered flooding that day.

There were 3 K's in attendance, but only one proper K.......the others were 1200's! This one was rather nice though, a K1200RSP, the police version.



The forcast for Saturday night was storm force gales and, sure enough the old tent flapped a fair bit during the night, but it held firm with no damage.

I did see the remains of one tent in the dustbin on Sunday morning, though.

As the Pythons would say "always look on the bright side of life", well Sunday dawned sunny but windy, so, quite unbelievable for this time of year the wind completly dried my tent, so it only needed a brief airing before being packed away until next year. Very Happy

The ride home was, again, in sunshine, passing many flooded fields on the way but most of the roads were dry. About an hour after arriving home, it started to rain again.

At many of these rallies the organisers give awards to the furthest travelled, best outfit etc, and, much to my suprise the 'independent' judge chose my bike as the best outfit. So now I have to suffer all the ribbing from my mates about my 'award winning outfit'. Twisted Evil I know it will run for years.



So, I've managed 32 camping weekends this year, 21 with the outfit (may have had something to do with our weather this year) 7 with the Vincent and 4 with the solo RS.

Roll on next year,

Paul.



Last edited by sidecar paul on Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:10 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : small mistake)


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2Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:35 am

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@sidecar paul wrote:...

Those who camp in winter will know that butane gas is useless in the cold. I wouldn't trust a petrol stove inside my tent and although I have a meths stove, I do prefer the convenience of gas.

So, what does any enterprising camper do? He makes himself an 'electric sock' (20W) to heat the gas canister. cheers It works a treat, giving good heat right until the can is empty.

....
Paul.
Could you give me some advice according to electric "clothes"?
It's rather unknown to me, but I see some useful ideas for the Danish winter.


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3Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:39 am

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You certainly are a hardy bunch over in old blighty. I do like the gas cannister warmer, very cool invention.
Great pics of the event sp. Would love to get over to the uk and visit my brother and his family. Not many of my immediate family left now(uncles and aunts passed on). Went when i was 13 and still have great memories, mind you thats 37years ago now.
Would be great to get over just to meet up with the brit forum guys. Might have to be summer though.
Look forward to more adventures from Award winning Sidecar-Paul and his trusty steed.


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4Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:52 am

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just checked the flight costs...lowest I have ever see.....flight centre

$1450 return Sydney - Heathrow



it was $1500 plus one way in 1991......


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5Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:58 am

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Wow thats cheap. Cant imagine what it cost my parents back in 1975 to send me and my mum over. Flew British Airways and i think we stopped in every country on the way there. Calcutta was inter.esting


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6Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:19 am

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[quote="caferacer62"]We Flew British Airways

possibly cheaper flights are with less mainstream operators...but I have used Emirates at a reasonable price and they are first rate.....


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1984 K100RS Silver VIN 0019026 Mitt eine Staintune Zorst.
1997 K110LT Dark Grey VIN WB1052600W0237453.

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ModelK 100 RS 83 (0502 ( 0503 )
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7Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:16 am

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As they say around these parts Paul...."Hardy Man!"

you're as dedicated to your camping as your rig, truly you are an instpiration!

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8Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:26 am

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Camping in frost is great.....I took the tent for our trip in September and got frost too.....but it was accompanied by a clear blue sky and morning sunrise. Two glorious nights though.

Maybe we should have a hardy boys trip some time. That one was good and 33 weekends camping is great, many years since I got that number....included one over Christmas holidays in the snow and it was not the coldest camp at all. Being prepared is everything....along with good camping gear...

We have a nice trip on the Agenda for the first weekend in June.....Friday 31st May to Monday 3rd June, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula, both are spectacular so we thought a long weekend would be good for it. There is also Killarney BikeFest on that weekend so anything that started as two wheels is headed there. Some good camping around too, worth thinking of....all are welcome.

Some great photos Paul....

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9Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:15 pm

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@Klompy the grey brick wrote:just checked the flight costs...lowest I have ever see.....flight centre

$1450 return Sydney - Heathrow



it was $1500 plus one way in 1991......

I've just flown back from visiting family in Oz. cost me 1000 return. about $1500 Au
Don't forget the exchange rate is now a lot more favorable to you Aussies now. Back in 1991 it must have been about $3 to the 1 now its less than $1.5 to the 1, So cheap holidays in the UK for you


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10Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:06 pm

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You're a tough man Paul. It looks a bit bleak in that photo of the locomotive.
Your riding / camping record for the season is very impressive.
Thanks for posting your photos.
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11Back to top Go down    Re: The last camp for 2012 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:47 pm

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@Peter_Skov wrote:
Could you give me some advice according to electric "clothes"?
It's rather unknown to me, but I see some useful ideas for the Danish winter.

Peter, the only heated clothes that I have ever used were the electric gloves that I made in the '70s. I used the resistance wire from an old electric blanket and found that three 1 metre lengths connected in parallel for each glove, gave a consumption of 1 amp per glove, that is 24W for the pair.

I darned the wire to a woollen mitt, used another woollen mitt as insulation and then a waterproof overmitt completed the set.



Originally, I had two press-studs on the inner gloves, as the connections, and had wires in the lining of my jacket terminating at press-studs on the jacket sleeves. A coiled wire from press-studs on the hem of the jacket plugged into the 12 volt socket on the bike.

I still use them occasionally, when it gets really cold and they are much more efficient than heated grips.

Paul.



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