Wales 500 2021

It has been a while since I took part in any Rally events, party due to the global pandemic amongst other reasons, but I was excited to be doing it again, and the first time doing a rally with the Himalayan as previously I had used my GS 1200. However, withing half an hour of getting my tent setup, I realised a problem that could cause me some bother as I had left the keys to unlock the sat nav bracket at home in another jacket. Upon close inspection I realised that I need to cut the lock and I could see that there was enough space to get a junior hacksaw blade in between to just cut off the brass pin stopping me from releasing the sat nav. Unfortunately, I asked several people but no one had a junior hacksaw with them. It was whilst talking to Geoff that he said maybe there is a hardware store in the village. With a quick look on Google he confirmed there was, made a quick call to check they had what we need and took me down to the store where I purchased a nice junior hacksaw to do

Himalayan Oddysey

    I was so excited about actually getting out on the bike and setting up my tent in Wales at the Himalayan Odyssey event organised by Nathan Millward. Having got my bike and gear ready, the bike was loaded and looked as keen as I was to go.   I was going to take a nice steady ride going the day before so that I could rest the night in a Travelodge and arrive the next morning with enough energy for the off-road riding of day one. Upon my arrival at the Sweetlamb site in Wales, there was already several people there with their tents already setup. But the first day was not actually starting until midday so there was no rush and it doesn't take me long to get my tent all setup anyway. We got split up into smaller groups and each group was assigned an instructor plus someone to be at the rear of the group as a sweeper. The training started off with instructions on using the brakes better to deal with the slippery grassy slopes and loose shale paths. The training also covered othe