Monday, 5 May 2014

May Bank Holiday

As it was the May Bank holiday this weekend it was also the annual Scottish Moto Guzzi Rally. This year it was in Moniaive in the Scottish borders, this particular part of Scotland is a bit of a stranger to me I'm afraid so it was a few new roads that made our acquaintance. I haven't done much touring around this area as I always get the impression its colder and wetter than most of the other places I go to in this fantastic country. No surprise then when I found it was cold and wet! However we still had a great time and we did get to ride on some dry roads, the organisers did a fantastic job of keeping us entertained at night and serving us plenty whisky tae keep the thrapple doused, we were given an award in recognition of our wee jaunt round the Americas last year which was nice, apologies we missed the presentation as we wir getting unco fu wi Bert McCall & Laurenne in the pub and joined in the festivities a bit later. Bert bumped into an old school pal who lives nearby and then we found out he'd just been speaking to my old neighbour and friend Jimmy the moothie Harcus at the blues festival in the next village, Scotland is indeed like a wee village, especially amongst the motorcycle fratenity.
The field did remind me of a Norton rally on Saturday morning as there was much unplanned maintenance going on. Fiona decided we needed to go for a run to Prestwick on Sunday to see our pal Liz who's just had a shoulder operation and also so that we could get wetter and colder, I didn't see much of the road due to the rain and mist but I did feel the potholes!
Thanks to the all the people there both local and Guzzi folk for an excellent weekend in great company. I'll be back hopefully on a sunnier day to sample more of this area which like most most of Scotland oozes history. Glad to say both the Guzzi and the Norton ran well over the weekend so that was another bonus.

Bikes loaded and sunshine while we wait for our friend Gill

Let the damage begin, it got messy of Friday

Dark Sky, camping, a great combination

This bike was blowing out oil (easily fixed)

Rally organiser Russell wondered why his bike was handling funny and found one of the front leading link fork tubes had broken!

Minor adjustments

Nice Lodola

Scene of good music and whisky overdose

The main street with the Market Cross, its been there since 1638

Nice town and despite it looking closed it was very much open, try the Green Tea room if your in the area

Fiona waiting to buy water despite being tempted!

The houses here were built to last!

Old Moto Guzzi's built to last also

Gill preparing for the off on Sunday

Fiona & the guys discussing world politics

A brieff respite from the rain and mist (and sheep) en route to Prestwick on Sunday

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