Saturday, 23 December 2017

Sidecar fun

With all the house moving going on there hasn't been enough time for motorcycling fun so we decided today to go out on the sidecar, no painting or moving stuff, just us and our bike. The plan was to do a loop around the Meldins (the scene of last years New year camping trip) bu a road accident had closed the road towards Peebles, the policemen just pointed us up a single track road, no other clues, they were as helpful as a fart in a spacesuit! When the road turned to gravel and mud I had doubts this was the way we should be going but we took the opportunity to do some off roading anyway. Loads of other cars were heading up the road we had found out was a dead end so I had to stop every one and give them directions, my good deed for the day. A really great day out with lunch at the red barn and apart from the mentalists on the Edinburgh bypass most of the other roads were quiet. Kinda glad we still have the outfit for now.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and a fantastic 2018, we are looking forward to our move to Perth in time for 2018 so next year some different bike rides I think. Many thanks to all who take the time to comment, I enjoy the abuse, take care out there.

Looking clean outside Alex's house
We're on a road to nowhere (feel free to sing along like Chris Rea)  
Mud, braw!
Not too shabby a day for motorcycling
At the red barn with a very mucky outfit
It's ok a quick jetwash and its clean again

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Not much going on.........

But then again plenty happening in the background, first some bad news, a good friend of ours from Applecross Ali (Snoddy) McLeod went missing from his boat a couple of weeks ago, he has as yet not been found. If you visited Applecross and went to the Inn then no doubt you would have met him, as well as being front of house for the last few years he was also the fisherman who supplied most of the seafood. He was a pillar of the local community, a passionate Scot and cared deeply for the environment which he lived and worked in, he is and will be sorely missed.
We found this out literally an hour before we gave a talk to the Glamis Vintage club on our recent trip to Nepal, the talk went well but both of us had a weird feeling, not ourselves, thinking about Ali but as they say in showbiz the show must go on.
The same day we also went looking at houses in Perth, we saw one we liked and on the Monday called the lawyer, in 10 minutes it was ours! I have taken longer to buy motorbikes! Hopefully in the fullness of time I can get the whole fleet housed in the same place which will be excellent.
So for now not much bike stuff happening as its all hands to the pump trying to get the flat ready for sale and then it'll be Christmas.

When it comes I hope you all have a great one but spare a thought for our friends who haven't made it into 2018.
Some pics from Alaska, mainly on our trip by ferry up the Inner Sound to end on a happy note...........