Axel Bodeit and I asked our motorcycle friends during the weeks before the rally if they want to go to England. Only one person was interested and a young lady from our motorcycle circle also wanted to ride with us.
On Friday, September 29th, the following participants drove towards England: Axel Bodeit with passenger Karin Kohlen (Moto Guzzi T4 with sidecar), Hans Mondorf (BMW K 100 RS), Walter Trappe (Suzuki GSX 750 F)
It turned out to be a hassle-free journey to Hoover Port in Calais. Then a short crossing to Dover and on to the service station at Maidstone on the M20 for lunch.
From there on to the pub "The Horse and Groom" in Milcombe. There we put up the tents, a small one for the young lady and a big one for the three men. We still remember this rally well because it was possible to shower.
We enjoyed both evenings in the pub in a pleasant atmosphere and in good company. The food wasn`t for everyone, but with time we got used to it. (eg steak and kidney pie) I thought it was very tasty.
Saturday we drove around Banbury and enjoyed the scenery and viewed the beautiful little towns. Saturday evening in the pub we received a tankard from the chairman as a prize for the longest journey from the continent.
In the night from Saturday to Sunday we woke up in our tent. Unusual noises were heard outside. At first we thought a woman was being molested. So we immediately checked on our young lady in the tent next door. But it was quiet there. In another tent in our area we then noticed that a couple did something good to each other. Unfortunately they had forgotten that tents are not soundproof.
We fell asleep again after all, because we had finished off a pint or two in the pub.
On Sunday after a delicious English breakfast we started our journey home. This also went without any problems.
- Hans Mondorf