I am happy, extremely happy actually and quite fortunate as well. This year I came close to not being able to set off for the Baltic tour and WIMA rally in Poland. After being slightly stressed on behalf of a friend who had worn out wheel bearings 3 weeks before the rally, considering how difficult it is to get an appointment at a garage in Sweden in July, I was extremely stressed when it proved Lazy Cat needed a new fan, 2 days before my ferry to Estonia. Since the fans were out of stock I was very fortunate that my mechanic traded me one from his bike and put in some extra working hours to make me ready to ride.
First stop was Estonia, where I teamed up with these lovely bikers, the best there are. We rode some lovely twisty roads up to Paldiski.
We were quite a group heading south from Tallinn and a jolly good mix of bikes as well. 3 full days of riding before arriving in Koscielisko, south of Krakow.
For me the WIMA rallies are all about the roads I ride and the people I meet. There are plenty of opportunities for partying, but for me that is always less of a priority. One of my favourite activities is the quiz ride. I love to try and make sense of the instructions and ride around seeing nice things and just lazing about without any serious goal other than to win.
This little fan was out with his autograph book and asked very politely each and everyone who stopped for the quiz to sign it.
Day ride and lunch in Slovakia. Ace! During my Baltic tour and the WIMA rally I’ve actually added 5 new countries that I had not previously ridden my bike in.
As always, I had a great time, time passed too quickly. Next year, the rallies are in Sweden and Australia! Exciting!