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    Quote Originally Posted by Digby Fantona
    It is called "Tafarn Ty Elise". Beautiful part of the world !
    The pub or Brittany? I'll try both to be on the safe side.

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    Bernard, known as Bun, met Elise. He could not speak French, she could not speak English. They married within days of meeting each other. The pub was named after her.

    Proper beer and whisky, not full of French people sucking red wine.

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    Have to say Slap, you've gone way down in my estimation since you turned into a MAMIL. It's on the same level of religious zealotry as a door-knocking Jehovahs Witness or a blissed out hare krisna looking for donations at the airport.

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    All the best for your trip, somtam! I need someone to inspire me to put a few miles on my own bike, which has been sitting idle in the garage. Looking forward to hearing your tales along the way too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Have to say Slap, you've gone way down in my estimation since you turned into a MAMIL. It's on the same level of religious zealotry as a door-knocking Jehovahs Witness or a blissed out hare krisna looking for donations at the airport.
    Cheers DrBob. Never a wasted day when someone learns something new:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamil

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    Have to say Slap, you've gone way down in my estimation since you turned into a MAMIL.
    I'm not a MAMIL, bob. I'm a hardcore muthafuckin' long distance enduro dude. Big difference.



    Quote Originally Posted by yortyiam
    Looking forward to hearing your tales along the way too.
    Cheers man. Looking forward to getting on the road now. Just busy downloading some suitable audio books for the occasion.

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    MAMIL-It looks so wrong but feels so right
    Don't knock it till you've tried it, nothing compares to the look on a check out woman when you buy a lucozade and a banana during your ride break and she carn't keep her eyes of your lycra covered walnut whip

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    I've managed top get hold of a Specialized adventure bike for this ittle excursion, and since the day of departure is fast approaching — I'm staying near St Pancras on Sunday night ready for an early train down to the Spanish/French border on Monday morning — I thought I'd better give her a quick shake down.



    The modus operandi of an adventure bike is to chomp away at any kind of terrain and at the same time keep the rider relatively comfortable. And yes, it pretty much did just that.



    But, however, I appear to be quite worryingly under-geared, meaning that it's very easy to spin out the pedals when going down hill and even on the flat — getting up to a decent speed is next to impossible. The cassette at the back here is clearly suited to hilly off-road rides - which works to a degree as parts of the ride are, erm, hilly and off-road.





    The eye-catching double denim finishes this little mule off quite nicely, though.


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    Good friend of mine builds bikes for a living this is his bike. Very small front sprocket think that would make it quite fast on the flat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey
    Very small front sprocket think that would make it quite fast on the flat.
    It'd do the opposite. Looks very similar in spec to mine. I could do with the company - saddle up, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey
    Very small front sprocket think that would make it quite fast on the flat.
    It'd do the opposite. Looks very similar in spec to mine. I could do with the company - saddle up, man.
    He lives in British Colombia in Canada it is a bit hilly there.

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    Road bike or a crossover would be best for this trip. Maybe with a well broken in Brooks saddle.

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    Lol....

    He's got you all going again.

    Sittin in the spoons with me writing the copy for the thread while I'm down loading the pics of the route....

    Suckered. ...

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    Carn't be any worse than Screwed Munter


    Going to need another drinks holder Slap, maybe something like these..








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    Quote Originally Posted by Smug Farang Bore
    Sittin in the spoons with me writing the copy for the thread while I'm down loading the pics of the route....
    Start working on the front cover mate - it's gonna need onions and berets and stripy shirts, that kind of shit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    Going to need another drinks holder Slap, maybe something like these..
    As long as I get my daily quota of regional alcohol of an evening, all will be rosy.

    Speaking of regional alcohol, carb-loading has begun in earnest...

    Behold! Doner kebab pizza accompanied by the requisite two litres of premium strength French bierre.

    C'est tres ruddy bien. N'est-ce pas?


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    have you gone out and bought matching white spandex yet with a double denim gusset ?

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    What horrible things have you done that justifies this self-punishment?

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    One of my favourite parts of France, i used to go and visit friends across the border Irun, we would walk for hours on the beaches.

    Dont forget to give the nuns a little wave when the train stops in Lourdes, supposed to bring good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patsycat View Post

    Dont forget to give the nuns a little wave when the train stops in Lourdes, supposed to bring good luck!
    With your hand Slap - with your hand only. No waving anything else at those nuns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    have you gone out and bought matching white spandex yet with a double denim gusset ?
    Yes, of course. Stay tooned for pics of my lycra clad batty.



    Quote Originally Posted by lom
    What horrible things have you done that justifies this self-punishment?
    Lots of things - but hopefully some of this may pass as, well, not fun exactly, but a reasonable way to pass the time.



    Quote Originally Posted by patsycat
    One of my favourite parts of France, i used to go and visit friends across the border Irun, we would walk for hours on the beaches.
    Nice to hear, Pats. Yes, much of this ride will take in coastal roads so I'm looking forward to gazing out to sea and soothing the soul.



    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    With your hand Slap - with your hand only. No waving anything else at those nuns.
    Well that's no fun.

    I'm officially on the road. The bike is with Eurostar dispatch in St Pancras and I'm holed-up in the dingiest little hotel in London. It's so small in here you could practically have a shower and be in bed at the same fucking time. And it's too hot and I can't turn of the ruddy radiator. I suppose you get what you pay for. Although in Siam (you lucky BASTARDS) the same money - 38 squid - would get me a month's worth of five star beach side luxury.

    One mustn't grumble though, because the pub is just over yonder and I'm just about to sink a sackful of ale.

    The short journey up to town.



    The South Bank was hustle and bustle as usual.



    The room - in all of its wallpaper-peeling glory.


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    Oh Slap....

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    No saddle bags this time?
    Gone for the more aerodynamic modus operandi i see.
    Safe travels.

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    Bon Voyage Slappers.

    All the best on the ride.

    Don't come running back here pretending you got 'saddle sore'. We all know how handsome them French dudes can be.

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    I've always wanted to ride that route, albeit at a more leisurely pace.. looking forward to this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    I've always wanted to ride that route, albeit at a more leisurely pace.. looking forward to this.
    Indeed. Slap's threads rarely disappoint.

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