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Who's heading up to the Taffy this weekend?

I'm going, will be riding up from East Devon on Friday.  Planning on getting a few miles under the belt, then picking up the TET somewhere and following that the rest of the way in.  Anyone have similar plans?

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Yep, but probably heading straight there on the 990 blankstare.



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My plans have changed a bit due to not being able to get leave for Thursday so we are now riding up mainly on B-roads on Friday. Planning on Avebury, Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury, old bridge over to Chepstow then cut up via Usk to the Heads of the Valleys road.

Then doing the Taffy on Saturday before picking up the TET route on Sunday and riding back to Monmouth to the B&B which we changed from Thursday night before riding the TET route back on Monday.

This all depends on my DR350 passing its MOT today and my mate picking up his hire bike on Thursday.

Not sorted my camping kit yet.

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Taffy Drwg (Taffy Dakar) 2019


Is anyone from the Devon TRF taking part in the Taffy Drwg this weekend? I'll be up there with two others.



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JamesE wrote:

Is anyone from the Devon TRF taking part in the Taffy Drwg this weekend? I'll be up there with two others.


 Oops, didn't realise this thread was already up. We're heading up Friday afternoon as I still have to work a half day, so no TET for us on the way up. We'll be on 2 CRF250 Rally's and a Tiger 800!



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I did get there and had a cracking weekend as usual.

Bit bloody cold overnight mind you.

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T'was indeed freezing - ice inside the tent in fact blankstare.

The pub is great, descent food and plenty of ales to choose,from far & wide.

Indulged in the breakfast roll and cuppa before heading out for a good fun day on the Saturday.  Certainly weren't there to win anything.  Great laugh at the hill climb section, GS's scattered

all over the hill, was a bit tricky dodging up past them - they're huge.

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Cracking lunch stop at the Railway Inn at Sennybridge - majority of bods went for the cafe at the fuel station.

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On the Sunday, led our group around the local lanes stopping at the West End cafe in Llandovery for lunch which is an absolute bikers haunt.

Would recommend the Taffy Dawg to anyone but the camping - not so sure..smile

 



-- Edited by potus on Wednesday 8th of May 2019 05:06:00 PM

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I reckon we were camped right behind you.

Which one of your team snores like a fuggin' chainsaw?

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Being a glutton for punishment I decided that a return trip to the Taffy Drwg (no longer Dakar for copyright reasons, French folk kept mistaking it for their desert race despite the lack of sand and professionalism).

 

After last years event my elderly DR was a bit the worse for wear but seeing as I had a full year to sort it out it will come as no surprise that the engine only ran for the first time on Wednesday ready for its MOT on Thursday and riding up to Wales gently on Friday.

 

 

Managed to condense my packing to a well honed operation, collected Dan and his hired CRFL Rally and picked up the B-roads all the way to Wales with only a brief stint of M4 to get across the Severn.

 

Unusually we were first to arrive and set up camp on the higher ground after finding the middle of the campsite a little soft for a side stand.

 

 

 

 

Overnight was bloody freezing but the day of the Taffy dawned bright and dry but still bloody cold and I was up early for my Taffy breakfast roll, cracking. First stop was the Skillz and Trials sections to test our bike handling before heading out over the Roman Road where there was still snow on the high ground.

 

 

 

 

 

After hitting a few trails we made our way to the Enduro section for my only tragi-comic crash of the weekend when I managed to select neutral on a tight hairpin and the mighty DR flicked me into the brambles and had a lie down.

 

 

 

 

Back on the road we headed to Llandovery for a spot of lunch by the castle. Feeling the effects of the long ride up on Friday I decided to head back for an early shower while the water was still hot and ran into a confused group who I gave my marked up maps and directed to the Enduro section. 

 

On the way back I stopped by the Usk Reservoir for the traditional brochure photo and a very pleasant relax in the sun watching the Red Kites fishing. 

 

 

 

After a very pleasant Taffy hog roast dinner and a drink in the pub we retired for another bloody cold night under canvas, although I did get more sleep this time.

 

Sunday dawned cold and bright and we packed up and headed down the Trans Euro Trail route taking in some glorious views of Wales and riding across the Rhondda golf course. I have to say every Welsh person we met on the way were exceptionally friendly from the farmer who said we could go where we wanted to the man who came out of his house especially to open the gate so we did not have to get off the bikes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall a great days ride down to our overnight B&B in Monmouth which was right on the river and exceptionally good value. The owners are into their bikes so everything we needed was provided and we enjoyed a good curry and full English breakfast in the morning before setting off back into England.

 

 

 

 

After some gentle lanes and fire roads we got  into some of the more rocky lanes around Gloucester before heading down to the Daneway for a drink and pressing on south.

 

 

 

 

Just south of Avebury we came across Mr Jimmy Kawasaki who is the linesman for this part of the TET and Miss Chelsea Bee and her stunning Rickman Metisse (cover bike for Classic Bikes this month I believe) having a photo shoot amongst the bluebells. You do meet the nicest people on the TET.

 

 

 

 

After a long chat they headed off while my bike failed to start due to a missing battery connector. We headed down through Wootton Rivers and on to Tidworth where we met two young chaps riding the TET from Belgium on their Africa Twin and Transalp. Great lads keeping old bikes going and getting out there, wish I had their spirit when I was their age.

 

 

 

All in all, still the best way I have found to spend a Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Just reminds me I need to ride more.

 



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Dom1 wrote:

I reckon we were camped right behind you.

Which one of your team snores like a fuggin' chainsaw?


 Indeed I think i know the culprit, I had to resort to earplugs biggrin



-- Edited by potus on Thursday 9th of May 2019 05:33:04 AM

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I snore pretty well myself but he was in a different class.

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Great write up and pictures. 



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I do hope you're not referring to my dulcet tones Mr Potus... smile



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Ha, not at all. I got up in the middle of the night on one occasion, as I walked to the loo there was a cacophony of sounds emanating from most tents in the campsite. Quite soothing really. biggrin



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