MONDO – motorcyclists often need distinctive overalls

The “Mini Mondo” is a unique event spawned 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
Nick and Lars setting off.jpg
Lars (the L is silent)  – 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 more or less intact.

Stand up, weight over the handlebars, steer with feet, keep the power on 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.

wild camping in abandoned farmsteads
Field testing Goretex bivvies
When you boil it down, you don’t really need that much
5 morning brew 2
Vegetarianism was suspended
morning eggs.jpg
for heavenly eggs.

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

Group pic of Mondo members
Colour coordinated overalls and beer

That the same trail wasn’t ridden twice and wild camping sites, petrol stations and cafes turned up on 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 in trademark overalls, bags bulging with baguettes, will endure.

Austen fording it.jpg
In his element

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

tea at the top.jpg
Brew with a view
Waking to the highest point we reached
8 king of the hill 2
Over the hill?  –
Fording the stream
– not quite 😉

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

Here’s a very cool short film shot and edited by Dylan (enjoying a brew nearest the camera).

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