So at the ferry port we were and after 3 and a half hours we finally bourded with most of the crew falling to sleep right left and centre in the ferrys arcade whilst myself on the other hand decided to spend sixty quid on booze, so driving and driving followed and drinking and drinking followed in hot pursuit, people started to get cabin fever as our 24 hour drive was in full swing, highlights include pissing out the window which went serverely wrong, people waking up with swatsticas on their heads, inner emotions coming out revealing sorid wwf wrestling dreams (Tommy dreamer shoot the pose) and amazing moutain landscapes.
Getting into spain the quote of the trip was created, by none other than Steve Bancroft, as we got stopped by Spanish bourder control, Steve got out the van to get his passport from the back, if you have seen Banners you would notice the flailing dreads and the soft eyes, a tell tale sign of a hippy, so as he started motioning for the back of the van he was confronted by a border control officer carrying a gun who started blerting out Spanish. Steve just stood there saying ''no English'' but the final sentence from the officer was well understood, the officer looked Steve hard in the eyes raised his Spanish hand to his mouth and motioned a V sign as if he was holding a big fat bifta, followed by a finger shake letting out of his mouth the words ''NO NO NO'', classic! Banners got back in the van with a suprised look on his face as everyone was asking what was said, Steve let out the almighty quote to roars of laughter as we all questioned the officers racism (as Steve looks like the white rasta type).
Finally onto Barcalona, if you've read this article for the trick lists you're out of luck buddy, you'll have to wait for the Ride BMX article or the dvd, what I can say is that there's an amazing train that a certain someone would envy, an amazing trick at a famous spot some big 3s and some unlikely flairs that are well worth the price of the dvd. OK so highlights of Barca night life include Kelly Bolton's 21 birthday which ended in everyone getting pissed out off their brains (apart from Tom), Kelly trying to sell the contents of a brief case he found (some shoes, a French stick, a video case, marmalade and some jeans ripped to shreds) myself getting my pants and jeans ripped of and walking the lonely mile in just a jumper and shoes, James having a suprise for Cleggy which ended up being fly Paul of Attila fame. Some of the horny members of the crew going to the 2 euro peep shows, comin out with cum stains on their hands leading to some disturbing threats, a bum (Chuck Norris) asking us for 1 euro who was turned down thus calling us all out for a fight, a dwarf with his front teeth missing dressed as a gorilla scaring the shit out of Mark, a man kissing James' head for a quick sale on a shit ring and sewer beer which was first called street beer until we found out where the street sellers kept their stash.
The trip was amazing, bonds were made, tricks were pulled and everyone had a great time. Thanks to Ian at 4down for organising the trip, to Dean who drove there and back with lack of sleep to all that went on this trip and provided all the great times and memories and to Odessa footwear.
Pics by the crew.