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Scotland trip thanks 4 years 6 months ago #763

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Thanks go to Barry for organising a great trip up to Scotland.
Ben for driving, Ron for taking the bikes and Miles, Emma and Hannah for making a very long drive entertaining.

My legs are shot now.
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Scotland trip thanks 4 years 6 months ago #765

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+1. Thanks Barry. Great weekend.
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Scotland trip thanks 4 years 6 months ago #775

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Phew, what a great long weekend. Four days on the bike and three nights carb loading!

My thanks also to Barry for all the effort he put in to make the trip possible and for being a very relaxed host - Dumfries next year! Thanks also to Ron for safely transporting the steeds without any big drama.

John and Ben. Thanks for being great roomies - I think we set a fine example for others to follow!

Ben, hope you didn't spend too long cleaning out your car and making it family friendly again - thanks for doing so much of the driving.

I had great plans to sit down each evening and compile the daily diary but was too busy getting on with events - watch this space.
Never cease to be amazed!
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Scotland trip thanks 4 years 6 months ago #779

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Adding my thanks to everyone who went for making it such a great trip, especially to Barry for organising, Miles and the other guiders and Kath for making sure I stayed awake on the way back. It was so good to be out on the Orange 5 again and reminding myself what a fantastic bike it is. Mabie there is hope for those slipping over to the scumming dark side. Did you see what I did there!! Must just have a celebratory hot chocolate!
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Scotland trip thanks 4 years 6 months ago #785

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Did anyone survive Scotland? It's been very quiet on the forum and Facebook since you all went. I thought it would be buzzing with tales of crashes and near misses.
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Scotland trip thanks 4 years 6 months ago #788

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Adrian gave me some photo he took on the trip does any one want the for the web site
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