Fist of all I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU
to Gordon and to everyone, really. What a wonderful time we had.
It was, as always, great to see everyone, all the regular crew- but it was great to see David P again, and great to meet Greg aka Georgia Cracker & Marlin aka Hugh De Man. I enjoyed meting the Whatleys, and appreciate Richard Hosting
us at his garage for a while.
Finally- not to mention, of course, that it was so much fun to ride with everyone. I'm used to seeing lots go motorcycles out & about, but not like this, with such a wide variety of bikes- and nutlike these roads down here! WOW
Well we made it home after many hours of travel and some hours of F-ing around. At one point the trailer was flapping wildly about on the back of the truck and not exactly like a towel in hurricane but closer enough to that than one might hope for a trailer worth ANYthing on it much less two BritBikes! Wade assaying he was hearing some sort of clunking noise. I can't hear sh*t anyway, and even if I could I could barely take my eyes off the bikes weaving and waggling about in the rear view mirror!
I actually had to slow down if that tells you anything at all. That said, I was told numerous times by more than one person over the weekend that it's not (really) advisable to drive 75 MPH towing a trailer! Who knew?
We stopped at one point to air up the tires on the trailer, aded fit to. one rear tire on the truck, checked the lug nuts on teh trailer and never looked at teh hitch itself. Started. back down the road and it still wasn't pretty, so we pulled off again. I grabbed ahold of the trailer tongue and gave it a mighty wiggle and WTF.
Turned out that the hitch ball was SUPER LOOSE! There were a couple threads showing yet, between the bottom of the nut and the post of the ball when we discovered it. The nut was what you'd call finger tight, well finger LOOSE was more like it. I had a box of tools along, one of which was a 12" adjustable wrench, so after some Tightening Of The Nut, we. hobbled up the road a ways to find a truck repair shop, with visions of massive sockets and a1/2" or 3/4" impact driver dancing in our heads. Instead we got a massive socket and a 4 foot long breaker bar. It took em a while to get to us but then they didn't charge us for helping us out.
We dodged more than one bullet there, lemme tells ya.
Rolled out of camp about 8 (ish) AM.
Arrived at the house about 12.30 AM
Tired but elated.
SO here are some pix and I'll post more later. These are phone pix. I also shot at least 2 rolls of 35mm film and took numerous digital photos.
Gassing up (instead of off- for a change)
DO NOT BLOCK.... oh never mind
big fish, small pond
out running around, shooting photos with Richard, one of my favorite parts of the whole weekend
Mike takes the Rock & Roll Norton for a spin
There was a gathering of Italia motorbikes at the campground Saturday. In general, the joint was jumping- LOTS of people and motorcycles coming and going all day. It was a gas. A few of that crew was around all weekend and hung out with us. REAL nice folks.
more later doods.