Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Christmas day escapade (bikers festival)

From the admin and the whole biker’s movement team, we wish you all a very happy new year.  We surly had a wonderful short holiday and I must tell you, it was fun filled to and fro the last most exciting biking event in Nigeria where you are sure of 1600km + ride to and fro the venue.

Take off point, Abraham Adesanya (Total fuel station) Ajah via Epe-Ijeb. Fantastic route which I call test of fate (by 5:30am), nice curves, fairly deep pot holes for fun, busy road, everyone is make a last minute Christmas journey. Normally I spend my Christmas taking this 1600km + ride from Lagos to Calabar  and back to see my family and old friends but these past two Christmas gave me more reason to seal the curse for happiness.

Riders :

Luchio on a 2016 R1200GS
Zen on a Ducati diavel
Papi Jay on a Ducati diavel
Nze G on a 2008 R1200GS
Abu on an R1
Jay on a KTM 990 adventure

Take off time was respected (no Nigerian time) so we rode, me smiling in my helmet wishing all the riders a safe ride to our 1st stop (Nipco, ijebu ode)  to fuel and continue to Ore – Benin-Warri- Ugheli-Patani- Port Harcourt then we got to another amusement, curvy country side twisties which always amazes me, Atte-Abak-Uyo. What a fantastic road to ride on then we arrived Calabar (Tinapa) with great reception from Aisha of Metallic Knight MC (the host of the event).

We checked into our rooms early on our arrival, warm bath to cool down the left over adrenaline still yearning for more ride, buffet as usual ready to receive scooping. With no time wasting we ended the evening with a nice meal and slept well to wait on bikers coming from all over.

In my deep afternoon sleep, sounds of high revved motorcycle to announce their entrance, a happy celebration of a successful ride is necessary. Bikers trooped in by the hour with the above norm all through that day and most definitely repeated the “warm bath to cool down the left over adrenaline still yearning for more rides”.  A special arrangement was made by the organizers to massage our stiff backs from the ride (a plus), then came the night party (adult upgrade XXX) which kept bikers up most of the night then a good night rest followed, curtsy the nice customer relation from Tinapa resort and the Metallic Knight MC.

The D-day was too quick to shine its morning light on our sleepy head, 50% anxious bikers quickly got up to share pleasantries with other riders from different parts of the country which lasted for some time till it was time to roll out for the bikers festival ride around the town which equally went well  .

The event ended well with another party and a night ride for some bikers looking for more fun out of Calabar while others riding back home had to rest. We (my team) hoping to stay back for the Calabar carnival, stayed back to see what new stuff the 2015 carnival had for the crowded spectators. Then it came and gone so we got back to the hotel to prepare for a 800 km+ ride back to Lagos.

Note: Christmas day ride is super fun, free roads, dry weather condition but make sure your bike is on point because any breakdown can leave you helpless  or your bike will be trucked to destination.