Piss easy Pistes du Alpes part 2

cute chapel in the gorges at a wild campsite
Met these guys from Belgium while off roading near the col de jolie in the Alpes, nice chat at night until a miserable walker shouted for us to be quiet at 10pm because they had to get up at 6am to trudge around in circles on the hillside.

amazing how much even the Belgiums despise the EU, everyone they knew was in full agreement that the EU is not a democracy….she was an investigative journalist!! shows just what the EU is doing for Germany’s great plans of world domination…maybe 🙂

amazing gorge de frie near Annency.
Milly fills up her super tanker of a donkey she paid 55€ to walk around a town, no experienced ride for her 🙁 very angry and upset, the owners got told short and shrift.
amazing gorge de frie near Annency.
One happy girl gets to go back and ride on Its a small world after the disappointment of the 2017 visit
Dragons and castles at Disneyland
incredible mr jones
Mr and Mrs Incredible pose in front of a poster of a fat bloke and his missus
Le Havre wild camping site
Stairway to heaven on a busy wild camp site next to the English channel just north of Le Havre, by Etretat

Tough 4×4 Pistes du Alpes -> or…….

or how we met a granny in a Mk6 Ford Fiesta on the top of one of Frances most dangerous roads .

some photos, not many words

range rover overlander 4x4 on portsmouth ferry
Portsmouth ferry to Le Havre
range rover overlander wild camping
Wild camping on the Loire
real disney castle in Loire france, overland wild camping
Chateau D’Usse on the Loire valley, a very pretty castle apparently on of the inspirations for the Disney Castle
overland wild camping
chateau d’usse from the wild camping track
I now know where Thomas the tank engine takes his summer holidays 🙂
Tiger tank randomly at a picnic site in France
route 99 bike only camping in France
we found a Biker only campsite that had live music on at night, we convinced the owner to allow us to stay on the field opposite, great night, fantastic place
paragliders on the Le Puy volcanos
paragliders on the Le Puy volcanos
after the wheel bearing change we spent the afternoon in Moustiers Sainte Marie
overland wild camping Chateau de Val
Wild camping on the Dordogne the view was amazing day and night, Chateau de Val lit up just for us
Rock Arch on the Ardeche valley
Lavender fields in the Verdon region
wooden roofs and quaint villages
Wild camping in the gorge sur Meouge by a river , lots of firewood and no one around.
top of the alps
looking for Fruit and Lorna climbing the cliffs of Verdon
Freddy flintstone parked his car on the grass 🙂
col du parpaillon tunnel, very interesting tunnel, why? you will to go to find out
Lunch break at 6000 ft on the Col de Parpaillon#
overland wild camp at abandonded fort in France
we did some exploring of abandoned forts, the entrances were not to Milly’s liking
overland camper at unusual dam
I am not sure the French understand how a dam works, great old military road , very pretty
colle assietta finestre easy track
this was meant to be a tough, experts only track, the tarmac in the background was the roughest bit of the entire track 🙁
top of the alps

FOX remote reservoir dampers for Mk2 Range Rover P38

Well we had to move to the end game….

Now the full weight is finalized at 2800kg, we now  have the correct springs from Spring Coil Ltd in Sheffield , then all that is left is to have the right dampers

so here they are ->
FOX 2.0" racing shocks smooth bore for Range rover P38 Mk2
Fox 2.0″ remote reservoirs with 10 way clickers, set up by the excellent Paul at Prolinx suspension

Prolinx for all your FOX damper requirements

 Not that I wanted a Dakar race Range Rover … Honest 🙂 just some high speed scenic drives 🙂

range rover damper conversion
bush to fit Defender/Disco 1/RRC dampers to P38 Range rover
This is how neat they fit, this is the Front LH
small cut to allow the elbow to clear the chassis

The cut in the rear chassis is about 25mm wide. on the Exhaust side I cut the bar that supports the exhaust silencer just to help clearance if the bush get worn.( the photo is looking upwards, the yellow spring is the top of the spring)

The reservoir has to be on the side to clear the roost guard, there is just enough hose to allow it, the union can be slacked of to allow it to twist without de-gassing the damper.

Fox remote reservoir dampe with adjuster



Terratrip sensor interface for Land Rover OEM speedo

want to use the oem speedo sensor on your land rover with your Terratrip?

Then this £1.00 circuit will do it and still let the OE speedo work

terratrip OEM adapter circuit to replace sensor

           terratrip sensor adapter.pdf

It’s this simple, we fit it just before the 12 way plug, this should work for the later Trips, just make sure the Collector of the transistor goes to the common for the sensors and the emitter goes to the+ of the probe.

terratrip speed snsor coverter to use standard 3 wire type sensors


Welsh Hillrally 1997 , was it really that long ago, how old am I really?

Always be careful when having a tidy up,

After a Scottish Hillrally sticker was posted on Facebook it brought back memories,

and then I started have a merciless tidy out and found this….

21 years ago, and this year Chloe and Milly are taking the plunge and doing the 2018 Welsh hillrally in 88″ ALRC spec car.

I bet the course doesn’t go through the forest like back in 1999, I still have the maps and the one in the picture is through the Halfway forest, a really tough stage and in October in Wales, you know it was wet.



The Ramblers society actively promote off-road vehicles on footpaths.

Same old story….  Ramblers want to destroy the countryside by themselves but blame 4×4’s and bikers.

This petition popped up on my Facebook page, please sign it to show your support.



Sign the petition don’t be lazy.


The Ramblers ( and general hikers ) are hypocrites to an unbelievable level, they appear to just want no one else to use the countryside, they persist with their perpetual battle with off-roaders, either 4×4’s or trailbikes and even Horse riders and Mountain Bikers!!, It appears now be more of a left wing class war than a protest with any real basis of reason. They claim that these motorised vehicles destroy the countryside.

Lets looks at some interesting facts.

1.       The ramblers society actively promote off road vehicles on footpaths.


make no mistake these are motorised off road vehicles for which they want more access to legal foot paths and open countryside, while trying to ban 4×4’s on legal highways.

If you think they are not off road vehicles then check this out.



Looks like an off road vehicle to me. 

     Many 4×4’s  help disabled and limited mobility people access the countryside, but what’s the difference ?? none really, so what is the Rambler/Hikers issue really about.

200kgs and road registered is the limit according to the disabled rambler organisation, checkout this beauty https://www.terrainhopper.com/products they have no power limits and no wheel travel limits, no regulations on tyre patterns, everything a normal 4×4 must abide by.

racing quad anyone?

I have no problem for people of limited mobility to visit the countryside, just the two faced methods used by the walker/hikers .

2.       Ramblers/Walker are destroying the countryside via Land erosion. There are many cases were the walkers cause huge environmental impact, lots of feet make for big damage on the enviroment, it’s a number game.



This is major problem, one thing missing when you read the reports is that they use a lot of vehicles to get equipment and people to the sites they are repairing .. interesting that they ignore this hypocrisy when it suits them.

A simple google of walkers land erosion brings up many more problems from walkers in the countryside.

walkers/hikers appear to be unable to take litter home with them, should we do a study on their mindset?



 Snowdon, everyday of the year


and it’s not just a UK problem, maybe it’s something to do with people who think they are saving the planet by walking that they have done there bit and can now just throw their trash away.

Hikers in Hong Kong are just as bad as the UK,

why is it that they can easily carry the packaged items to the walk, but not carry the rubbish home and think they can just dump it in the beautiful countryside they come to view?

3.       Ramblers are so high and mighty in their views of themselves that they believe that they can help fix the general traffic problem.

http://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/facts-and-stats-about-walking/environmental-benefits-of-walking.aspx  this states that walking doesn’t involve cars, however most walkers do not walk near their homes instead they drive to the Lake District, Snowdonia etc, and in doing so add to the what they see as the problem, anyone going to any countryside area on a bank holiday weekend will see the huge amount of cars blocking roads and parked on grass verges so they can feel righteous about trampling over any farmers field. Hence the walker/hikers  are actively promoting the use of cars and a good amount of them will be 4×4’s, hypocrisy yet again.


any weekend in the countryside, blocked by hikers NOT using their cars so that they keep the countryside pure.


4.       Abuse of the emergency services and mountain rescue.

It was amazing to see how many people who enthusiastically keep 4×4’s for recreational use came to the rescue of the general public over this winter taking lot’s of risks and for no reward just goodwill, I wonder how many of the righteous ramblers were among those rescued by the volunteers, people who learn their craft by greenlaning on the tracks the ramblers actively want shut down to them. Not only do ramblers & hikers drive around ( not walking) to work etc unprepared for the weather on normal roads hence relying on 4×4 volunteers they also do their best to overstretch our emergency services by walking  out and about in the countryside and getting stranded ( no links, just google it, it amazing how many are feckless). The mountain rescue ,using 4×4’s  rely on tracks and knowledge from the 4×4 community to get them close to help them be rescued and they are happy for them to drive over the open countryside when it’s there neck they are rescuing, many tracks when not used by 4×4’s become narrow and inaccessible as walkers/hikers just jump in the field and avoid the blockages allowing the tracks to deteriorate from lack of use, if the local farmer has no use for the track then they become totally blocked very quickly.


I bet there eyes light up with joy when they see a 4×4 like this on the moors, to help them get out of the shit.



These are just some points to illustrate the  single mindedness and hypocrisy  of people who think they are morally above anyone else, a trait that appears to be engulfing the whole UK in many forms, however these people  are the same type that have destroyed the RSPCA’s reputation by not seeing the wood for the tree’s, what’s needed is a more pragmatic approach to the issue of countryside access like many other countries in the world and for the ramblers need to show that they are not prejudiced to everyone who doesn’t think like them and that there are benefits for all.


If you’ve read this far and use a 4×4 or trailbike  then join the class war and keep the countryside open for all by joining GLASS or the TRF

If you are a rambler/hiker and your blood is boiling then please look at the two organisations below to see what they do for the countryside you may be surprised about your own blinkered prejudice.

 GLASS    https://www.glass-uk.org/ or the TRF http://www.trf.org.uk/

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