The Scottish branch of the Moto Guzzi club had an end of season get together in Aberfoyle this weekend, it happened to coincide with Halloween time, now dressing up in anything other than my bike gear as not my thing but we went along and took part. I was surprised just how much effort people put into this Halloween lark but it was great to see everyone despite the scary faces! Of course as we headed West on the V85's it rained, especially over the Dukes pass, the roads were bad enough with leaves but that just gave it a slight edge. We arrived in a dreich day in Aberfoyle and managed to get a cup of tea and a sandwich moments before the food stopped, remember NOBODY can eat after 3pm, why would people expect such a thing?
The evening went well, food was average but served super quickly and efficiently, we then retired to the corner of the bar to talk nonsense for the rest of the night. Sunday dawned with false hope, there were glimpses of sun in the sky but fortunately by the time we had breakfast it was full on heavy rain, just as well, wouldn't want to be accused of having an easy time.
We headed to Tullybannocher to see who made it to the Norton year end meeting, and after several near death experiences (caused mainly by Range rovers and vans going too fast including one which submerged me as it drove through a small lake on the road in a corner) we made it and surprisingly the East was dry. Some of the Guzzi friends came along (In cars) and there was actually a great turnout.
Too many to mention but have to commend Campbell for coming on his rotary from Aberdeen, down the long way over the Lecht where he almost got blown off! Bill made it down from just South of Aberdeen and John Hyman made it only to spent the day trying to get his Commando going so he could make it back to Dundee. David T had problems no doubt due to the rain and turned back and was spotted in the West by our spy, Jim who was heading off on a family holiday, there is no escape! All in all a good turnout and good to see everyone, braw, and the rain even stopped on the way home! We will keep an eye on the weather and hopefully meet up in a layby over the winter months.
The pictures tell the story as always.
|Ready to go|
|Jake and Ally taking it serious|
|George & Mrs George|
|Martin and Sue, up from Oxford to dress like this|
|The Gruesome threesome (Maureen)|
|Bill and Kat Arrived almost Dry|
|Dennis turned up on his nice Dommi|
|John H at the spanners|
|Bill overseeing the repair|
|John still looking Happy|
|Even when it rained|
|Nigels Dommi, sweet runner!|
|Budge turned up on his BMW|
|And brought me this momento from the 90's, nothing changes apart from the news medium!, Postcards, then txt's and now Electronic versions|
|Johnny T on his Tiger, I feel like a classic may be in his radar soon|
|Martin from Dundee brought his sweet 16H|
|Alan won the short distance award|
|And Hubby Alan's rocket 3|
|And Campbells Rotary, 150 miles to get there!|
|Tay Valley spies spot David turning back|
|And Sunday night dinner with the Norton Girls, Fiona and Savi|