Blackpool October 22
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Meeting on m40 at Black pool Jimmy, Sheltie, ewok, slob
Santa freak the tower
The Hotel tram Lake windermere
Bike Park Jonny with hair Krammer, Jay, Spike
Jacko, Jimmy, Ewok, Sheltie, Santa, Saxman, Abb Kirk at bar Jonny Losing hair
Nearly Gone Slob and the waxing In the shazron bar
Friar tuck Jonny & Yoda Bar
Baglady and yoda saxman, abb, ewok, sheltie Mrs R and Mitch
Shirley Critch spitting flames
party 22nd October 2005
seems so long ago now when the party was first thought of for the regulars of
the 100% forum (www.100-biker.co.uk,
click on forums and say “Fayji” sent you).
illustrious editor of 100% Biker and guiding light of its forum suggested a
weekend gathering in Blackpool, staying at the Regent Hotel, which is run by Jax
another member of the forum.
months flew by and finally we were nearly there, Friar Tuck had thrown the
Challenge to reach 10,000 posts by the date, a challenge/decision I was stupid
enough to take up. And the doctor had put me on antibiotics the day before, oh
joy a dry weekend.
worn to a stump after completing the mammoth effort, Friday morning I met with
Slob at nearby services and we headed up north. Stopping briefly to meet Freak
and Jimmy Moonlight. Now we were four and they volunteered me to lead, and as I
did so the sun eventually came out, and the traffic was horrid, I shall never
again curse about the M25 as the M6 is far worse.
were already several Forum members there on our arrival, and the party wasn’t
due till Saturday. Sheltie had ridden down from Shetland, a challenge to say the
least 600 miles and a long ferry journey, it certainly put our 260 miles into
perspective. For such a mammoth effort he was to be given the Long Distance T
found the Chinese, and bellies full the evening carried on with witty repartee
and gay badinage until the wee small hours, though I was a kip long before the
3am kebab soiree. Some time in the evening Saxman arrived bearing “the gift”
and all were afraid of the bag that seemed to have a life of its own.
Gift” is a Forum tradition and moves from member to member who has to add
something on, and then pass it to another forum member)
and it ha to be said there were some very ill looking people at Breakfast, but
as the sun was out I ventured to the Lake District, only to be soaked and frozen
to the bone. The trip was curtailed early as I dropped my bike in a farm car
park, thankfully only pride damaged.
at the Regent the drinking was in full flow, and more and more members arrived.
Jax had arranged for a few couples to be put up at a hotel just over the road,
in “The Shazron”, so mob handed we went for a beer over there as well.
just before this the bag sprung forth its evil contents and I was awarded the
forum gift, oh gee thanks Saxman, I am not sure it’s an honour or a onerous
grub and then we had a charity head shave for Joanna’s wish, and Jonny was
even brave enough to have his chest cold waxed. A raffle found me winning chrome
bits and the whole evening was filled with laughter.
this will be Pat and Rik’s last official engagement for 100% and the farewell
was a little emotional, we all wish them well for the future.
Jax and family a fond farewell, I led 8 bikes down to the motorway only to lose
them all at the first services as their bladders gave in.
Mind you i then went wrong trying a shortcut via Coventry, at least the scenery was pretty.
absolutely brilliant weekend, I look forward to January, (when I can pass on the
gift, which as I speak lurks menacingly in the corner).
click on picture for details of the regent