Yes Dave, things have quietened down in many threads of the BV forum. I used to head-up the volunteer postings and attempt to encourage more people to give it a go, but I was excommunicated from that role. Not really ... there were too many, umm, opinionated people who just wanted to argue the toss on any issue, so I bowed-out gracefully.
I was also happy to discuss the preparation for the Great Rides, irrespective of whether I was doing them, and I'm always pleased to help on a one-off basis by PM or email, but I avoid posting in open forum for the most part nowadays.
Unfortunately I'm not doing the Great Escapade, but I'm sure who are doing will have a fantastic time.
Life is too short to bother with idiots