Moto Diaries

Ten hours in a thunderstorm.

Posted by Derek Mansfield on 13 June 2011 | 1 Comments

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I was staying in Zatoka, http://www.zatoka-ua.org/2009-05-05-12-38-50.html a spit of land 80 kms east of Odessa that stretches across a natural bay in the Black Sea.
On Saturday, Zadoka had a tropical downpour.  Three hours of thunder, lightning and rain that the left the streets knee-deep in flood water and impassable for everything but 4x4s. 
I carefully checked the weather for the ride back to Kiev on Sunday. Leave Zatoka between 0800 and 11.00 in sunshine, arrive Kiev 14.00 to 17.00 in sunshine.
No problem, except it was 12.00 when I got moving. And being exceptionally clever and cool, I had left the wet weather gear in Kiev.
For the next 10 hours I was stuck between two tropical storm fronts moving north at approximately the same speed as me.  Solid rain, gales, cold and distinctly disturbing lightning.
Although the journey was only 560 kms (350 miles) because I had no wet weather kit and wore a half helmet and shades the ride was  tougher than my first 1000 mile Iron Butt. http://www.ironbutt.com
So cool is ok, stupid is not. In future I will pack wet weather gear regardless.

I was staying in Zatoka, a spit of land 80 kms east of Odessa that stretches across a natural bay in the Black Sea.

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How to buy coffee filters in Kiev.

Posted by on 6 June 2011 | 2 Comments

I stopped drinking alcohol many years ago. More recently I stopped smoking too. But I do like coffee.

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Germany - how did they do that?

Posted by Derek Mansfield on 29 May 2011 | 0 Comments

In Britain, on the motorway in the fast lane at 80mph you’re the man!

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Dover – Dunkirk Ferry.

Posted by Derek Mansfield on 28 May 2011 | 0 Comments

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Dover – Dunkirk Ferry.

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Customer service and my deep dislike of health and safety

Posted by Derek Mansfield on 25 May 2011 | 0 Comments

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I am wrapped up today. My arms anyway.

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Time to buy the ticket.

Posted by Derek on 20 May 2011 | 4 Comments

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Avid readers will know that I wasn't quite so well organised last year; I bought the ferry ticket on the day of travel and as a consequence, there were many subsequences.

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The Journey

Posted by Derek on 19 May 2011 | 0 Comments

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I seem to have damaged the knuckle on the middle finger of my left hand. When I tighten my grip the sinew seems to dislocate and slide to the wrong side of the knuckle. Which means I cannot grip the handlebars. And I can only type with one hand.... more

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