had some good rides thru August – mainly with Tucker on his panzer and joined by a few of the scots lot:
We headed up to Selkirk where we met up with Grumpy, Alzo and Macfazer. The ride continued on the well worn path thru St. Marys loch (not literally) to Moffat for lunch and then after some deliberation on which road was being shown as closed on the signposts (we all read the same first line and no-one actually got to the 2nd line that had the road number written on it!) up the A7 (and a passed Selkirk a gazillion times) to Leith, where we joined Chyrel and Macfazers wife
We had a night on the tiles starting with a good meal at a local bar, before heading to a gay bar (I kid you not…. well OK its not normally a gay bar…..oh hang on, that doesnt sound right either…) was a good night anyhoo
next morning, Chyrel produced the usual fabulous breakfast (was it 2 or 3 types of ‘black’ pudding this time!?)
then we chilled for a while and watched the motogp, before saying our goodbyes and heading back down thru the borders
Tucker and I hd a few good runs round the usual MiT/alston loop including a really nice run one evning with a stop for fish & chips in MiT (and meeting his aunt and her friend) …sadly I found I had a flat tyre on the way back..tho that didnt stop me getting my knee down on the roundabout in Shields
……what it did mean was that I needed a new set of tyres, seeing as the flatty was due to 3!!!!!! punctures in the rear!….. a trip to Hunters relieved me of £169 and left me with a set of Maxxis new Diamond tyres on my bike
…within a week I had just about 1300 miles on those tyres….. LIKING them too! ..for a budget priced tyre, they grip and seem to have low wear too
Another trip up to Selkirk ensued thru the borders…stopping for coffee at NCL airport, then the buddhist monastery in Jockland, at Selkirk and then St. Marys loch! ..all before lunchtime too! when we eventually arrived at Moffat, we met up with Grumpy, Chyrel and Rhino on his Trumpet.
lunch kindly paid for by grumpy and after they all swapped bikes and congratulated themselves on having great taste and we were off again for a very quick ride thru the usual culprits including a trip thru Kelso which was new to me. With time getting short (I had a night out planned, Tucker and I set off south and had a very quick ride down from Carter Bar, after cching a gixxer and R1 who were a bit ponderous thru th bends….I passed them only for them to tag on behind me…not wanting them in front I went faster and fater till we were averaging 110…GREAT ride, very exhilerating.
Finally, Tucker and I headed down to Brough to meet up with Kenny and then scoot down to Cadwell Park for the BSB meeting. A good day out, if a little cold.
Back in Brough for a few drinks that night (and a nice meal from Pam) WE kipped in the conservatory that night, then headed down to Cadwell again for Race Day. a lovely day weather wise and a good tun out to watch some great racing. Gordy was there and so were Chez and Dougie.
Very sadly a young rider was killed on the Mountain as he fell and was hit by other bikes. quite annoyingly, the death wasnt broadcast till the end of the day, despite it being announced on TV (and therefore everyone knowing from friends who were watching at home texting)
Tuxkr and I set off home in the dark that night….which was nice using the HID lights on both bikes, but not so great for Tucker with his tinted visor!