MONDO – motorcyclists often need distinctive overalls

The “Mini Mondo” is a unique event born from Austen Vince’s passion for adventure motorcycling and his honeymoon. It takes place over a week, three times a year, and is a guided tour of mountain trails in the Catalonian Pyrenees. I went with Doris and Lars.

Doris in good company

“Doris” the old DRZ

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Larsen – the oldest Mondonista

Mainly off road, we forded streams, bounced up rocky hills, descended steep muddy gullies and took sharp hairpins both up and down. There were more than a few “offs”, but nonetheless men and machines returned to base intact, more or less.

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Stand up, keep your weight over the bars, power on the back, steer with your feet and stay in the flow

Unlike so many companies before us, we gathered for pleasure, not work or war; the pleasure of wrangling tough tracks, picking each other up from the dirt, the craic, and wild camping in mountain pastures and abandoned farmsteads.

campfire

When you boil it down, you don’t really need that much

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Vegetarianism was suspended

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for heavenly eggs.

It was a window upon low-fi adventure motorcycling, rapid team building and immensely enjoyable.

That the same trail wasn’t ridden twice and wild camping sites, petrol stations and cafes turned up at the right time, was down to the incredible local knowledge Austen’s built up over 17 years and countless miles. The Bacchanalian image of him bouncing down a rocky track wearing trademark red overalls, bags bulging with baguettes, will endure.

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In his element

Nowadays there are all too few opportunities to commune with Nature, and play with bikes, fire and kindred spirits.

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Brew with a view

top-of-the-world

Waking to the highest point reached

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Over the hill?  –

Fording the stream

– not quite 😉

And though it’s great to be home, Doris and I are already talking about our next trip.

 

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