Join Date: May 2009
Location: , Dorset, England
Re: T2IBMWKLTToGB2010 - vote for what you want next year
Outside of towns where I have lived I have spent more time in and walking around Ypres than any other place. Every Ascension Bank holiday weekend (date varies in May) there is an organised event called the 100Km van Ieper, a 100Km walk over 3 days around the town visiting many battlefield areas, museums, cemeteries etc. I think I had done this 16/17 times during '84 - 2000.
To stand under the Menin Gate at 8pm when the Last Post is played is very moving.
To have taken part in numerous military parades marching around the town & square in best uniform and medals to form up under the Menin Gate for 8pm was an honour and pride for all.
If you have never been to Ypres you should go, very interesting, educational, very humbling, to see the same sites year on year was never boring.
To visit so many immaculate cemeteries could be off putting for some, but full of history and heroes. Near Ypres you can visit 'the only double VC winner to have both engraved on his headstone Capt Chavasse - RAMC. Many too with poignant inscriptions, and also those 'shot at dawn'.
Will be a sad day too when the last of the living veterans passes.
Ypres would make a good base with a number of ride outs possible and as a town has some great little restaurants and bars another reason for going back so often!
I'm long overdue to go back and although I will go in 5 years time would be good to go on the LT.
However, it was whilst returning after my second visit to Ypres in '85 on an RD350PVS that I almost died....fatigue and the 'not so' invincibility of youth.
So if you ever want to know the consequences of riding tired, dont!
For me it was 8 1/2 weeks in hospital, half of which was bed ridden the other in a wheelchair. So if you have ever experienced that split second 'nod' whilst driving a car, believe me it is also possible on a bike !
60mph head on into a car doing 60 mph... I'm told was not pretty, how I survived I dont know, as I cant believe too many can tell this tale, and despite numerous metal inserts I went onto run several marathons. It was also a big reason for returning to Ypres.
So in planning these Treffens we should be mindful of time and distances for all involved.
1982 Yamaha Fizzy
1983 RS100 (acquired desire for a BMW K100)
1985 RD350LC YPVS I and DT175
1985 - 1990 no bike
1990 250 Honda for 4 weeks then RD350LC YPVS II
1994 4 year diversion to a TVR S1
1998? Fazer 600
2001 Fazer 1000
2005 to date K1200 LT SE - got there 22 years later....
plus in 2007 Honda XR 125 for the local summer traffic