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 !