Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Capper Rally

Last weekend was the first camping weekend of the year for us at the Capper Rally just South of Edinburgh, a short trip thankfully to try out my wrist after my injuries 6 weeks ago. We were also trying out our new "retro" tent, a vango force 10, hoping the canvas construction that's been the mainstay of real camping for over 40 years would keep us warm.......it didn't. Despite having all the best gear, down sleeping bags and a great mattress we were still freezing and had to resort to pulling the jackets over us as an overblanket. Funny nothing ever changes, camp in the winter when its well below 0 degrees and it gets cold, simples! The other strange thing about this rally was its the first since the draconian change in Scottish drink driving laws, nobody was sure so most people kept it sensible, I probably had more pints of beer than normal to stay away from the whisky but all that means is you have to develop an elephants bladder to avoid baring your bum to a frosty moon in the middle of the night! The usual crew were there which was great, a while since we've all been together, Laurenne won best bike with her new 51 year old BMW, makes a change from Bert but his Indian would have been a contender for first place also. A bit of nonsense in the afternoon when Davie and Bob spotted a carry oot outside a bedroom window and thought they'd move it out of reach, transpired it was Kevin's, how we laughed as he described how he struggled out off and back into the window to retrieve it. Good Dutch turnout as well , the Dutch come over with their sidecars in search of snow and cold, they spent a week at Kinloch Rannoch before the rally and were happy it snowed as they got there...mad! Glad to say the wrist held up but it's no quite 100% yet, another departure from the norm was we went to Loanhead for a pint and then a chippy, walking down the road (sober...ish) with my chips I walked into the branch of a tree resulting in a bloody eye and another cut to my nose, really need to take more care!
Ready for the off
Our new holiday home!
Some of the bikes
Ian the mattress blower up
Cool Dutch outfits, well kitted for the weather
High jinks as Davie makes his escape watched by Bob the ringleader
Laurenne & Bert's bikes, cool!
Braw sky, clear means cold!
Fi trying to frighten me oot the tent in the morning

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