October 15, 2015

Darktime’s coming!

Yes it’s not going to be long before the clocks change so our Tuesday night meetings will be changing too. We’ll only be meeting twice a month  from the start of November, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. So the next meetings at no31 will be 20th and 27th October, then the 3rd and 17th of November, then 1st and 15th December.

We’ll be having a  quiz night in November so watch out for details!

October 6, 2015

Falling off motorbikes – a beginner’s guide

Well not exactly, and NO you don’t want to do that,- but the title of Geoff Hill’s talk and slideshow on Saturday at the BOOKMARK festival!

We were glad to see 40 or so bikers or would-be bikers at Geoff ‘s slide show, based on his bike trips through the Americas, Australia and round the World. It was great to meet Geoff (and his wife Cate) and hear such a light-hearted and witty talk about his travels on Royal Enfields ,Triumphs, and BMWs, delivered in Geoff’s best Belfastian voice! As he towered over everyone in the room microphones were redundant! Despite some pretty scary situations on the road, involving banditry, breakdowns, and the promised falling off bikes story, Geoff’s assertion that 99.999% of everybody he met are good folk and help bikers in trouble was re-assuring for any would-be travellers. He still has plans for more adventures on bikes despite having a full-time job,  so we look forward to reading his next book – and the next – and the next.
The BADMCC were keen to support BOOKMARK and thought a slightly different subject like motorbikes would interest a wider audience, and maybe encourage a few folk to try one sometime (on a warm sunny day of course!) Geoff himself admitted to only learning to ride a bike at 40 so it’s never too late….Scotland is a  great place for bikes with miles of empty roads and fantastic scenery so you don’t have to go halfway round the world to find adventures, just head north to Braemar and over the Lecht to Inverness, Thurso and Ullapoool for a start! (As seven of the BADMCC did last weekend)
We try to support local charities when we can, and BOOKMARK was a great chance to help  bring someone different to the event.   It was good to hear some of the other speakers too and see something different happening in Blair so we’d like to thank all the BOOKMARK organisers and volunteers too.
As Geoff said – Ride safe and stay shiny side up !

October 1, 2015

Thurso and back again….

A good weekend was had by all, although a bit showery on the way up over the Lecht and again for the last 20 miles to Thurso. The Royal Hotel was a  fine place to stay as long as you could remember your way about….a labyrinth indeed. For £35 a night it was fine and we all could stay in the same place. Saturday was dry and the run to Ullapool was good, although one of us stopped at Durness as his back tyre was knackered. (should have changed it before we left….) Some beach walks were had instead, more relaxing than a  blast for 200 miles. A good curry to finish the day and of course a few beers to wash it down, and we even got a  complimentary round from the proprietors!

A good run home on sunday in superb weather, but some delays at Tomintoul on the way back thanks to a cycle event closing the Lecht.


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September 23, 2015

Roon the Tap Run

Yes we’re almost ready to go! Meet in the Wellmeadow at 12.00 on Friday 25th for the run up to Thurso via Glenshee and the Lecht. if you haven’t booked into the Royal Hotel in Thurso yet you’d better sort yourself out, or camp. Saturday run round to Ullapool and back, then home on Sunday.

Then next is the BOOKMARK weekend when Geoff Hill will be giving his talk on Saturday 3rd October, so get your tickets if you haven’t done so already. It’ll be interesting , tales of his trips in Australia, and round the world, with slides. Talk starts 11.45am and admission is £6

Tickets from Bookmarkblair.com or the Library in Blair, or on the door.

September 5, 2015

Change of meeting place!

HI everyone

We’ve decided to change our regular Tuesday night meeting place from the Stormont Arms to No 31, the pub in the Wellmeadow in Blairgowrie. There’s parking space for the bikes outside,usually quiet on  a Tuesday night, and it’s almost where we meet for runs anyway, just as you turn in to the road at the top of the Wellmeadow.

This will take effect from now, so don’t go to the Stormont next Tuesday please. No31 is run by the same company as the Red House in Coupar Angus, so I’m sure we’ll have no problems there. Tell everyone who might not see this please too.

Also we had a picture in the Blairie this week presenting the £500 cheque to the Scottish Air Ambulance, and remember the Geoff Hill talk at the BOOKMARK festival on Saturday 3rd October. It’s 11.45 in the morning, for 45 min, so get you tickets now! Only £6.  Just go to www.bookmarkblair.com and you can buy online.

And don’t miss our Roon the Tap run at the end of the month Fri/Sat/Sun 25th, 26th and 27th. Run to Thurso on Friday afternoon and B&B, then a run on the Saturday to Ullapool and back, B&B again and a night on the town,  home Sunday.

see you there!

August 27, 2015

SCAA donation

We met up on Wednesday afternoon to take the £500 cheque to the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance office in Scone Airport. We’d agreed the donation at the AGM for their Charity bike run back in May , but with it being postponed it’s taken a while to get round to it!

Five of us were there and the sun was out – perfect. The air ambulance girls showed us the helicopter and we had a blether . It does cost a lot to keep it running, so our £500 won’t go far, but it all helps as they don’t get any government funding at all.



August 20, 2015

Next Chippy Run!

We’re going to go to the re-opened  Hungry Highlander in Braemar next Tuesday, the 25th August, so be in the Wellmeadow for 7pm if you want to come. This could be your last chance for a  chippy run and by the end of September it’ll be nearly dark time again  🙁

There was a Sunday Run last weekend to Glen Coe with a lunch stop at the Kingshouse Hotel then a flee up to Aviemore and back over the Lecht. The heather’s looking good up there now, so if you want to see purple hills go along Deeside and up the Lecht.

The Thunder in the Glen Harley rally’s on in Aviemore  from Fri 28th, so that’s a good excuse to avoid the A9 and enjoy good roads (while passing  a few Harleys no doubt on the way) – but watch out for quick Sportsters! I might be on the road somewhere!

Latest news for your diary next year – Tomintoul bike weekend in early July will be featuring great music again, only better than this year! We think the BAD MCC should treat it as our main event to support as we won’t be doing a rally next year.  More news later about the star performers……

July 23, 2015

Chippy Run Tues 28th

Hi everyone

Just a  reminder that next Tuesday, the 28th, is our next chippy run – to Aberfeldy, to The Plaice in the Square.Right in the centre of Aberfeldy.
But we’re also going to try and get a group shot of everyone and their bikes beforehand to promote the BOOKMARK event with Geoff Hill. There will be a  photographer from the Blairie in the Wellmeadow at 6.45 on Tuesday, so we can get a picture for the paper with the BOOKMARK banner as well.  There’ll be an article in the Blairie about Geoff’s talk in the next edition, sponsored of course by us, so it’d be good if you could come along before the run to swell the numbers for the photo.
Just meet outside the Tourist office, NOT the Stormont, at 6.45 and we’ll start from there once the photos have been taken. Shouldn’t take long.
Hope to see you on Tuesday