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Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Big_Willy_USA » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:15 pm

Hello Guys!
Met some of you at the Big Knock, great group of guys. I'm terrible with names so if you could take a minute and let me know who you are it would be great. On my Facebook post the only guys name I could remember was Neil. The guys from Germany and the Netherlands I cannot put a name to the face. So help me fill in the blanks! Normally I hail from Rockford IL, but I'm in the UK on a work assignment for the next few months. Most of my travel blogs have been appearing on my Facebook page, so thats the best way to keep tabs on me if you feel so inclined http://www.facebook.com/william.ruehl.5. I do have a web site but it has been neglected for some time its here: http://projectoldwing.com/

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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby coachgeo » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:44 am

Welcome to the board Big W.

Missed Big Knock. Sorta a tuff drive from TN
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Big_Willy_USA » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:39 am

coachgeo wrote:Welcome to the board Big W.

Missed Big Knock. Sorta a tuff drive from TN


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If you are interested in seeing my photos from this weekend and your on Facebook send me a friend request and you'll have access to them. If not let me know and I'll put them in a public folder on my SkyDrive. :wink:
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby coachgeo » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:37 pm

Big_Willy_USA wrote:
coachgeo wrote:Welcome to the board Big W.

Missed Big Knock. Sorta a tuff drive from TN


Coach,
If you are interested in seeing my photos from this weekend and your on Facebook send me a friend request ...
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby zarquon » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:12 pm

Big_Willy_USA wrote:...The guys from Germany and the Netherlands I cannot put a name to the face. So help me fill in the blanks!...[/url]


Here comes the german blankfiller :)
It was nice to meet you.

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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Big_Willy_USA » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:37 pm

AWESOME! Thanks for replying Rafael!
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Dan J » Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:29 pm

Great to meet you at the rally Willy - I'm the one with the white petrol V-Strom!
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Big_Willy_USA » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:41 pm

Dan J wrote:Great to meet you at the rally Willy - I'm the one with the white petrol V-Strom!

Ahhh, my V-Strom brother. Nice to meet you. Been thinking about converting one of my 81 GS850's to diesel...thinking about it a lot lately....Hmmmm.
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby rednorfolk » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:35 pm

hello , :D :D :D :D :D :D i was sleaping .so i missed you i think ??.. :D see you at hamm ?.ore the next big knock ? :D :D :D
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Diesel Dave » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:04 pm

You will have to forgive Norfolk Willy, it's because of.......well everything really.
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Big_Willy_USA » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:41 am

I am seriously considering Hamm...
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Diesel Dave » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:56 am

If time off work is a problem Willy, then you could always join us on the expensive overnight ferry Thurs night returning Sunday night in time for work on Monday morning.

Only 200 miles from the ferry to the campsite, 3-4 hours depending on traffic and stops.
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Big_Willy_USA » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:58 am

Diesel Dave wrote:If time off work is a problem Willy, then you could always join us on the expensive overnight ferry Thurs night returning Sunday night in time for work on Monday morning.

Only 200 miles from the ferry to the campsite, 3-4 hours depending on traffic and stops.

THAT WOULD BE AWESOME! How much is the ferry?
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Diesel Dave » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:05 am

If you have to ask...........

It's a tad over 200 quid including food and cabin fees but this does save me the cost of 2 overnight stops elsewhere.

You do have a 200 mile trek from Cheltenham to Harwich but the ferry departs 11pm.
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Big_Willy_USA » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:07 am

Diesel Dave wrote:If you have to ask...........

It's a tad over 200 quid including food and cabin fees but this does save me the cost of 2 overnight stops elsewhere.

You do have a 200 mile trek from Cheltenham to Harwich but the ferry departs 11pm.


Round trip or each way? Round trip doesn't sound too bad. One way is a bit painful...
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Diesel Dave » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:10 am

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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Big_Willy_USA » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:40 am


I'M IN!
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby BertTrack » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:27 pm

I know i won't be on that ferry but how about i join you guys on the ride from the ferry to the campsite and back?
I'll just need the details of when you're arriving in Corner of Hollowland?
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Dan J » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:29 pm

Blimey - I think we're going for a record for the Thursday night ferry this year! Look forward to a beer with you guys on the way out...

Edit (in response to Bert's note which you posted almost at the same time as this)... the ferry timetable says we'll be there 7:45am your time (though the last time I went in 2010 I seem to recall being off the boat at 7am). I also plan to stop off at the Gallery in Brummen (http://www.thegallerybrummen.nl/) as it's on the way though appreciate that might not be for everyone.
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Big_Willy_USA » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:37 pm

BertTrack wrote:I know i won't be on that ferry but how about i join you guys on the ride from the ferry to the campsite and back?
I'll just need the details of when you're arriving in Corner of Hollowland?


Sounds like a plan Bert!
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Diesel Dave » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:24 pm

Bert, I need a better idea of where you would like to meet up, then we can set up a time.
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby BertTrack » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:46 pm

First road after disembarking and setting foot on the mainland? Shouldn't be a problem for me.
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby zarquon » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:55 pm

I just wanna let you know that I made a very cheap and easy booking for the Dover-Dunkerque Ferry this year.

1. DFDS/Norfolkline accepts PayPal now! Very easy (for me)!
2. cheapest ship I've ever booked - 35,50 Euro for BOTH travels
3. a boat every two hours. never had a problem to took one boat earlier or later

Dunkerque - Hamm is 455km mostly boring motorways, to be true.

Can be booked here: http://www.norfolkline.com/ferry/
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Dan J » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:20 pm

Bert, Dave...

Why don't we meet at the ferry terminal itself? We can all meet up at the fried fish shop at the edge of the terminal car park which should be very easy to find for Bert and we literally fall out of the ferry onto it. It even has parking spaces outside the front of it!

Specifically... http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll= ... .82,,0,0.1
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Diesel Dave » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:25 pm

Sounds good, I've spent quite a few hours in there waiting for the ferry (nervous return trips on the Enfield with a 45mph top speed).

Don't worry, I'll be on the Tiger or something faster than Sluggy's current power plant.

Now where did I put that tiny turbo? :lol:
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Dan J » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:40 pm

One of us could bring a bit of rope and tow Monseiur Norfolk along at a bit more of a decent speed? :D
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Diesel Dave » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:49 pm

I find it a lot easier (from the advantage of Tiger seating height) to place a size 9 in the middle of his back and push. :shock: :D
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby pietenpol2002 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:24 pm

It's clear you guys are doing this to drive the rest of us stark raving mad with envy.

BTW Willie - welcome to the board and while at Hamm, raise one for the rest of us marooned back here in the colonies. For the record, I grew up west of Pecatonica. I could see the lights of Rockford as a child.
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby BertTrack » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:53 pm

Has anyone told you guys yet that on many highways in the Netherlands you can now officially go 130km/hr instead of 120km/hr? Just saying!
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Re: Hello from Chicagoland and Cheltenham UK!

Postby Sphere » Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:10 pm

Diesel Dave wrote:Sounds good, I've spent quite a few hours in there waiting for the ferry (nervous return trips on the Enfield with a 45mph top speed).

I'm sure that's a pretty bleak picture, uphill, on one of Germany's finest "Freihe Fahrt Strecke"...
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