Old friend from uni I haven’t seen in 20 years was reading my article in Bike Magazine on his way to work today.
Wander round town.
Final sad photos.
Airport beer helps with pain of leaving.
Looks like another perfect day for trail riding.
Amazing rides everywhere we look.
Dave sees some pigs…
Then crashes into a ditch. No harm done.
Brilliant day of riding.
Now for a bit of sophistication.
Another great looking day.
back on the trail
First disaster of the day – chain off and stuck. No tools cos we’re on rentals.
Stranded miles from town.
With Dave’s bike stuck, I went off and found a mechanic at Moto Salir.
Moto Salir to the rescue.
Mechanic’s bike. He rode it over very tricky rough trails, one-handed with a big toolbox on his lap. Hero!
I piss on your wind turbine.
Evening beer on the balcony.
Er, big tower of meaty goodness.
The reward for a day of riding.
Another day begins.
Bikes all ready for another day on the trails….
…if the damn thing will start.
Back on the road
Still some rain.
Another roadside refreshment.
Bikes to bed for the night.
Bedtime beckons, but first…
To the balcony…
…for a victory beer.
Sunny start to the day at the marina.
Seafront with a storm coming in.
Sunny evening back at the hotel and marina.
Heading out to find a bar. Dave has his own!
Crap interior decor, Dave…
Has a pool table though.
Another sunny evening beer.
Perfect end to the day.
Bike starting troubles.
Found a new playground.
First water crossing.
Local lunch – best ham and cheese ever.
Locally caught fresh fish for dinner.
Nom nom nom.
Not exactly high season.
Beer seems particularly refreshing after a day learning to ride off-road.
Arrive at airport.
Rent DT 125s.
Hotel is pretty good.
Head out of town and immediately find awesome off-road routes.
Having a bloody great time!
End the day with a well-earned beer.
Check out the October 2014 edition of Bike Magazine. I entered their annual travel story competition with an article about travelling through the ‘Stans. I didn’t win, but I did get published, one of the 8 final stories.
Not bad for a first attempt, though that first prize would have been very nice!
They edited my article quite a lot, so I suppose if I enter next year I’ll have to be more concise.
Still, nice to know I was good enough to make it into print in the UK’s biggest motorcycle magazine!