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Horizons Unlimited meeting, Ripley

I arrived at Lumb Farm, the venue of the Meet, having done an around-about tour of the area looking for it, as my stupid GPS wouldn't take me straight there! Ooooooo! There were people everywhere, and it was only Thursday!

Found a relatively flat area in which to set up the tent and then went wandering. Bumped into Liam and Naomi, whom I'd met at the Ireland HU Meet, and also Keiran and Crystal who'd been at that meet also.

An Aussie voice - I can hear an Aussie voice! Yes, Peter and Kay Forwood, who've been travelling the world for 14 years on the big Harley dresser, now covered in country flag stickers, as they have officially ridden the bike in EVERY country in the world recognised by the UN - all 193 of them!! And some more than once, of course. What a huge effort, guys. Well done.

It was good to catch up with them again, after about 6 years. We shared travel experiences and just chatted in general about home.

I attended a few of the presentations, and also the theory and practical sessions of " Yoga for Bikers" presented by Tori Lang, a yoga teacher for many years, and a biker herself, which was very interesting. May even get around to getting into doing some of it, one of these days!

As I was camped quite near the gate through which everyone had to pass, I was always getting questioned about the bike, and how I got to Europe, etc etc etc.

Sunday arrived too soon, and I had to pack to leave, to catch the ferry over to Europe at 8pm. I made a slight detour on the way south, to call in to see Rob and Stacey in Old Arley, near Birmingham, and drop off a bag of excess gear I wouldn't need in Europe.

To Dover, and I was soon on the ferry back to Calais, then a quick ride through the deepening darkness to Dunkirk, where I had a motel booked for the night. the start of the next part of the adventure!

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