Our week on the Isle of Lewis

Trip Start Jul 23, 2012
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Trip End Feb 03, 2013


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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

7/8/12

After waking up and realizing our jetlag hangovers were not as bad as we thought they were going to be, we looked outside and were happy to see some rare western isles sun!

Next thing we knew was we were joined by the 2 nieces excited as ever that aunty Raelene and uncle Rhys had stayed over the night.

Early on Donald and I popped down to Donald's mate Colin’s place were our bike were being housed. Colin had been working on and getting the bikes up to scratch for us pending our arrival. I took Raelene’s bike down to a garage where it was MOT’d in order for us to road tax it (same a paying rego each year)

Down we went again to Colin’s to pick up my bike and on getting on it my first thoughts was HEAVY!!! I rode it home no problems and found that within a few minutes I was very comfortable on the big bike and looked forward to putting a few more miles on it.

Megan had all of us booked into some ten pin bowling in Ness that afternoon, so with a picnic packed and Raelene on the back of my bike (hers was still down at the garage) we headed off for a lovely ride. We stopped at a little park with some awesome play equipment for the girls and had a spot of lunch before all having a go of the flying fox! This left Neeve giggling like mad…

Ten pin bowling was great with Raelene coming dead last even beaten by the 2 girls…poor form, lucky I was on hand to rebuild some credit to the Yerbury name coming out on top! Back we rode to Stornoway and picked up Raelene’s bike.

Raelene and I decided to head of for our first ride that afternoon and Raelene was stressing about not crashing the entire time. We both have intercoms systems in the helmets, which was a BIG help as I was able to talk her through a few bits and tell her what was coming up. After a few wobbles and some choice words we got back to Donald and Megan’s with Raelene still unsure about the big bike and how she was going to handle it around town and on the open road.


8/8/12 
 
Today we decided to go camping on the isle of Harris. Raelene was again a bit nervous about heading off but faced the challenge and began riding extremely well, growing in confidence every mile ridden. We had lunch and the Skoon art café and managed to wangle a plate of smoked salmon for free! An hour or so later found us arriving at Horgabost camping area. After a quick recce we decided that the campground was too busy so jumped on the bikes for another 45mins to Husnish beach, which was practically deserted. Here we were able to pitch our tent just off the sand and the girls had free reign to swim.

We cooked up an awesome dinner on Donald and Megan’s little Webber BBQ and afterwards did a little long jump and triple jump in the Olympic spirit, lit a fire on the sand for toasted marshmallows. We all retired to bed worn out and happy to be in such an awesome place with even better weather…


9/8/12 
 
Morning dawned and a cooked breakfast was on the cards with bacon and egg rolls. Tents were packed up and we finally set off with again some more fantastic weather ahead of us. The roads out this way consist of a lot of narrow single lane roads over blind hills and corners with multiple little passing spots in order to get around people coming the opposite way. This was fantastic practice for us on the bikes and Raelene coped with it well. On our way home we all stopped off and undertook the 30 minute walk to the Golden Eagle observatory. Neeve insisted on being carried most of the way and was not impressed when there wasn’t even any eagles to see for all the effort she put in getting there! All I all the scenery was magnificent and the little observatory that had been built, a great little place to visit.

We all managed to get home no bother and basically retired early after I accidently cooked a searingly hot Dahl, making just about everyone tear up from the chili….sorry Megan!


10/8/12 
 
The Island saw us head to Uig on the west coast of the isle of Lewis. Megan and Donald’s friends Louise came along for the trip bringing with her, her 2 little boys Harris and Noah. Another fantastic ride, with a lot of single lane, low speed roads, mixed with some great 'normal’ roads where we could open the bikes up a bit and get the wind in our faces!

Uig was brilliant, white sands and blue water quite reminisce of back home. A little rocky road lead down to the beach which was a great test for me and the bike, and I got down no problem. Raelene opted to leave her bike up the top and walk down. The kids had a great time on the beach (the big kids did also) with a small game of beach soccer braking out and Marley being on the receiving end of a ball to the face kicked by no other but her own father…

A spot of Kite flying was also on the cards with Raelene getting the hang of it rather quickly and making it dance through the sky! The kids thought it was pretty cool…

On the way home Raelene and I headed off by ourselves for a quick 10 minute trip around the beach circuit which provided some stunning views. We got some great footage on the go pro.

This ride was a great opportunity to test our intercoms and what a fantastic bit of gear they are. Line of sight communicating, basically if you can see them you can talk to them the only time it gets a bit crackly is if there is a bloody great mountain blocking you from seeing the other person. Pretty awesome stuff.

Earlier in the week Megan had requested I cook her some pork belly so on the way home Raelene and I swung into town and picked some up from the butcher, 3 or so hours later and much nagging from a very hungry wife we had an awesome dinner and I think everyone was pretty happy I didn’t burn their faces off again…


11/8/12
 
Day five and our time in Stornoway was drawing to a close. This morning Raelene and I took the two girls to the local pool for a bit of a swim and had a fantastic time, trying to keep them in check and stopping Neeve from running around the pool edge…the life guards were a bit strict! After Marley began turning blue and we again, got in trouble for having the kids up the ‘deep’ end with their floaties on….we decided to get out and phone Megan to come and pick us up, filled in time at the soft play until our ride home arrived.  That afternoon, Raelene and Neeve joined Louise and her boys and went to the movies to see Ice age 4. Raelene, having never seen/known about 2 and 3, headed off to complete her aunty duties, which she was pretty, pumped about. I on the other hand was unable to get a seat, which gave me a good amount of time to get the bike packed up and sort a lot of our crap out.  When Raelene got back the mood was good! She had managed to survive her aunty duties but her verdict of the movie was not as successful. Poor old Neeve was scared of the gorilla and spent most of the time cuddled up to aunty Raelene which I don’t think Raelene minded too much.

Megan was able to organize a baby sitter for the evening with allowed us all to head into town and have a great dinner then sample some of the Stornoway night life…Awesome…we all caught a taxi home with Megan again getting excited that the fare from the taxi rank to her house was 6.66. That evening Raelene thought about driving the porcelain train but decided that she liked her motorbike too much and fought the urge.


12/8/12
 
Here we are at day 6 and I am writing this while on the ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool. We had a great morning with Donald cooking up a Smashing breakfast consisting of eggy bread, black pudding, eggs, bacon, mushies, tomatoes and toast! Brilliant!

Raelene and I spent the rest of the morning packing our bike and culling a few bits and pieces. The time came to head down to the ferry terminal and see if we could get a spot on the boat, we had success and lined out bikes up at the front with about 3 other bikes, believe it or not, all BMW’s, we must have picked well!

A goodbye was said to Megan and the girls, but we knew we would be seeing them again in a few months when we returned to spend Christmas with them.  Just before we were about to board Neeve ran over to the bikes to kiss Raelene again however discovered she couldn’t with her helmet on, she insisted and was able to lick her nose which she settled for, Raelene was again nervous about heading onto the ferry but when the time came she was first out of the blocks and got on no trouble at all! All is well!

We had a fantasic stay with the Megan, Donald, Neeve and Marley and we cannot thank them enough for the kindness that they showed us and the help they gave, cheers guys!

Tonight we hope to get to fort William and then tomorrow past Glascow and into Great Britain to the Lakes district. We are both a bit nervous about starting off on our own but also excited that our adventure is really upon us, lets jump in and – quite literally - enjoy the ride…
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Loz, Lach & Huw! on

Looks like you're having some good times! Ride safe xx

Sue Nauman on

Stornoway is certainly a beautiful place, great place to practice riding your bikes.
xx

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