Scottish Double week 2014
photo to see a larger picture - then just follow the slide show.)
Those going this week were:
Terry and Dilys - 1982 Moto Guzzi
Rob Jones - 1953 Velocette
Bill and Jean - 1925 Indian and 1974 Moto Morini
S & T weekend
Friday - arrival
On Friday morning we all met up at Tebay services on the M6, where
Terry and Rob had 'overnighted', whilst Jean and I had stayed overnight
in a small hotel in Garstang. We then set off in convoy for Crieff and
the local rugby club. Jean
and I were booked into a B&B, whilst Terry and Rob set up their
vans on the rugby field which was being used as a campsite for the
Saturday - The trial day
Everyone needed to have their bikes out early as the first
of the 100 plus riders
was away at 10am. There were two routes, a long one at just
100 miles and a short route at around 70 miles. We all opted for the
short route which was just as well as the weather turned a bit 'orrid.
route took us out from Crieff on the back road to Comrie, where we came
across the first checkpoint. Through Comrie and on towards Loch Earn
where we took the south side back road that ran for about 7 miles along
the side of the loch. We
then turned north towards Loch Tay and took the south side back road
that ran for about 15 miles and ended up in Kenmore. We were all pretty
wet by this time with lunch being taken at the Kenmore Hotel, a welcome
respite from the constant drizzle.
all made it back to the rally field without mishap and were all a bit
on the soggy side - a quick change and a cup of coffee and the world
looked a whole lot brighter.
The evening saw the prize giving and
buffet with none of us winning anything.
Sunday - the Social Run
was a run of about 50 miles and it was dry, well to start with it was.
Jean and I used the Morini and rode with Rob and Terry to the Sterling
Mills Outlet centre at Tillicoultry. We were all in the cafe when the
heavens decide to open and emptied a real downpour over the bikes.
That evening, Rob walked up into town and had a superb Thai meal with
Jean and myself, whilst Terry and Dilys ate 'in house'.
Monday - Friday
On the Monday, Rob
and Terry moved on to Gairloch which was our selected venue for the
next few days. Gairloch is a pretty village, higher up on the west
about 180 miles from Crieff. Jean and I stayed on in Crieff, as the
hotel in Gairloch was fully booked for the Monday so we followed on
the next day. The hotel was right next to the campsite and we ate there
nights, with the food being quite good. Wednesday turned out
to be a bit miserable so we didn't do much, apart
from trying to fix the Guzzi. Terry took the bike out for a test ride
with Rob following as back-up, and they ended up down at the harbour
booked a boat trip for us all the next day - except Jeannie - who hates
about in boats.
turned out to be a beautiful day, so the bikes
came out and after sorting the Guzzi - eventually - we all set off for
the Harbour and our boat trip. As it happened there was a tall ship in
the bay and we got a good look at it during our boat trip. It was the
'Sea Cloud II', registered in Malta but operating from Hamburg as an up
market cruise ship, which, "caters for well heeled,
American and German passengers", or so the reviews say.
After that we rode the bikes to Poolewe for lunch, before riding the
of Loch Ewe to visit the monument, erected to commemorate the WWII
Arctic convoys that gathered in the loch before setting off for Russia.
Scottish National weekend
After travelling the 180
odd miles from Gairloch we arrived safely in
Blairgowrie on the Friday, all ready for the Scottish National weekend.
There was a get together on Friday evening in the clubhouse bar and we
were treated to a plate of 'stovies' followed by some 'clutie' -
delicious it all was. Saturday morning soon came and the sun was out
for a change, and it stayed good for the whole day. We were expected to
have our bikes on their designated places by 9am and all of us just
managed it in time. There was another good entry of over 100.
had a very nice ride to the lunch stop at Inchture, where the stop was
one hour. On leaving the dining room several of us were asked if we
could allow a 'soon to be bride' and her bridesmaids to have their
photos taken whilst sitting on some our bikes. I did offer to take the
one home who sat on my bike but she just laughed.
afternoon run managed to include a few hills and I missed a turning
once and also thought I had a second time - all a question of not
concentrating and just enjoying the ride and scenery. We were entered
on the 20mph schedule and I had a complaint from my pillion that the
ride was boringly slow, but then you have to try, don't you? After
completing the 70 odd miles of the short route it was back to the rally
field and a welcome cuppa. We all then had to clean up for the official
dinner and prize giving in the Angus Hotel at 7.30. The meal was good
and when we came to the prize giving - I had won the late Vintage class
and Rob had come second in the post war class. So we didn't do too bad.
Sunday - the social run
headed out of Blairgowrie and headed north ending up at a small cafe in
Pitlochry. The Morini came out for this ride and we were joined by
Paddy Winter, a good friend from previous Scottish events, who rode his
weather didn't look too good, so we straight-lined it back to
Blairgowrie and at Bridge of Cally it sure did rain, but eased as we
got back to the rally field. It was then a case of saying our goodbyes
as we were to head straight back home after breakfast in our digs the
following morning, while Terry planned to visit a relative near Preston
and Rob intended to stop at the Wensleydale railway. Anyway, we all
arrived home safely with smiles on our faces after a good eleven days
with the intention of doing it all again next year - you're welcome to