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Mittwoch, 28. September 2011

Soulride on Sunday with the "Mockerockers" (muck rockers:-))

On Sunday I needed sort of a bit of regeneration. Stöffi und Duffy called and invited me to do a ride with teh "Mockerockers". Stöffi is a long-time all-out racer, whom I have known since she was a licce gurrrrrl (in fact, way back in history:-), I first rode with her dad, Uwe, who was a hardcore rider and laidback guy all the way back to the stone age:-)) and Duffy´s a former skateboarder. Both are very cool people, and I like them both a lot. We met at Möhre´s place. Möhre is a physiotherapist who only but recently took up mountainbike riding and enjoys it a lot. I was surprised to see a crowd of friendly people, some of which I have been somehow acquainted to for years, as Yvonne (the one with the grey/black jacket in the pic below), whom I know from
a very different occasion. Yvonne and Stöffi having a pre - ride chat. To the right is Duffy doing business:-) NOT;-).

We started with a relaxed uphill on the road. Everyone waited for each other, and the rookies gave friendly encouragement to the beginners. It was a very great atmosphere.







Leader of the pack´s Uwe, the one with the blue jersey. He rides for ages and certainly knows how to put the pedal to the metal, but he also enjoyed a relaxed and souly ride with the rookies. Great guy! He is a very skilled blacksmith, too who works for Railion logistics/DB /Schenker. It´s funny, but he´s a tutor of Kai´s, afriend of mine whom you might know through this blog, the mad bastard*ggg*.
The pack... 
 
...all smiling and having good-natured fun...:-)  We met Möhre´s parents in the woods, doing some jogging.




We stopped for a bit of a break, had some food and foraging:-) sloe and rose hips and.... APPLES*ggg*...
Uwzilla*ggg*.


Havin´fun on this chute, which actually was a bit steeper. But with some tutoring, all managed to ride it safely and enjoying it!
Lena shredding one of  her first downhills...


We then made for a secret freeride spot and had some half an hour of fun there. Great!
Stöffi´s brother puts the hammer down...
Yvonne and Stöffi...
Lena having a try at going progressive... and they all did well!
That´s what happens when you put a bike on a skateboarder...*ggg*
Möhre...
Stöffi...
Trying it out carefully...
















And here´s a vid from that spot...























Then we rode home on the road. It was a great ride so far, but should get a fitting conclusion....
We stopped at Möhre´s place, and had a delicious round of coffee. I made sort of a presentation tutorial on doing  a bunny hop, which will be available in video form soon.
It was simply a nice day, and one of the greatest weekends for years, meeting with the greatest people there are, with great riding, great weather and all. Life is good like this...

Montag, 26. September 2011

Viking riding, viking shopping, viking hiking, viking cuties:-)

 Now it ahs been simmering a while, but everything turned out really great, I got a day off on Saturday, the weather was great to boot, so I saddled my steed and set out to make the road to Bottrop to... tadah... meet with Drui, the closest person to my heart, and the friend of my soul I have finally found:-), and with Frau Mondjung, her best friend and soulsister. Now they do viking reenactment (not bothering me any:-)).
Of course, I ventured off course, and got completely lost on the way to Bottrop and back, so I rode some 220 km that day, mind you, I was a tiny bit fatigued:-), but also proud and really, really happy that I did it... and not for the achievement.
You see, the vikings wore no horns on their helmets, and after Ibn Fadhlan or was that Al-Biruni???they were armed with a sword, an axe, a dagger and a seax, a shield and a spear, could drink whole barrels of mead, and cleave open an armoured opponent with a single blow... and that were but the women...*ggg*


Frau Mondjung had a somewhat aggressive air to her, but after we talked about it over a cup of camomile tea, it faded enough to stop her biting anyone´s ankle*ggg*. I am kidding, of course, for I was so warmly welcomed I felt right at home with these really, really nice people. And I felt really privileged, and I sincerely hope, we can call each other friends some day.
 :-)MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
 Then we visited the medieval crafts fair "Michaelis-Markt" in Bottrop city, to get in some "viking shopping" as the girls like to call it... somehow the term brought up images of great axes, warcries and broadswords to my mind, but it all went surprisingly civilized, apart from some abject scheming of childlike characteristics to talk the poor male companion into buying some really great amberware:*ggg*. But I freely admit, I would have done so, either*ggg*.
 Now THAT´s some skill, eh?*ggg*
 I really love amber myself. I like the warm and radiant colour, the feel, and the properties of it.
 Real treasures for sale on that booth, and a very friendly and competent merchant, too.
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 Now these are a great idea, if you ask me, jewellry out of leather and amber. I like that, and MAYBE I ´LL TRY THAT MYSELF*ggg*.
 ...checking the dough:-)...
 This one I really liked. Silver and amber, beautiful.
And here I got another job from my betters:-), just at this moment, exactly. We then strolled around the aisles, and met some friends of Drui´s and Frau Mondjung´s, more great people still.


By that time the sun was sinking, and I had to ride home, quite shot in the head:-). Thanks, my dears, for that warm welcome, and a drink of cool water after many miles.

And, my dearest, thanks for having tumbled into my life anyway.*ggg*.Yap, I said that again, but I never tire of it. Cry "STOP!!!!" if it gets unnerving*ggggggg*...

It was late in the evening, when I reached Witten, for I messed up again,as I said, and I paused on the bike lane to Hagen to have some thoroughly needed carbohydrates and some water. The stars were out over the Ruhr valley, and there were some wild geese and water birds stirring ever so faintly. An owl cried, and I sat there, as happy as I have not been for years.

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