now this is a secret, so don’t tell every one, but if you want a really good,
very chilled out weekend the NABD rally in Cheshire is the place to go.
NABD “National Association of Bikers with a Disability” has been holding
rallies for many years now, and at last I got to one of them, the main impetus I
must say was the wedding of Gypsy and Doro from the 100% Biker Forum forum I use
a bright blustery day I loaded Milly up and set off, 2 miles down the road I
stopped and repacked the bike, I think theres more of an art loading the Harley
than to the Dragstar, a pleasant cruise later, and I was at Astly park, not far
from Jodrill Bank, and in some of the most picturesque surroundings ever. I set
up camp behind centre 8 (more by accident than judgement) and not far from
centre 6 I'm sure there were others there but I didn’t bump into them.
quick game of kites (putting up tents in that wind was fun) and then off to find
the people from the forum. Strangely they spotted me first, and we have never
met, and this amongst an estimated 2100 visitors over the weekend, though it
never seemed crowded.
were several stalls and even a mobile pole dancing club ( though I don’t think
they drummed up much business) for spending your cash at, a wonderfully cheap
bar and 2 large entertainment marquees, one family orientated and one more
adult. Once meeting and greeting was over, and my brother arrived, it was onto
serious party, “Stevie” one man and a mandolin played a blinding set, and
“the beer monsters” went down storm as well. The following evening they
swapped tents for slightly different sets.
comedians and new bands there really was something for everyone, Saturday
morning and the sun shone bright, it really was a perfect day for a wedding,
sadly some rotten toerag had visited a lot of tents over night and spirited away
wedding was arranged for midday, and it was sort of Scottish and very personal,
it was very enjoyable. Stevie even wrote a very personnal song for them which is
fantastic. Then it was time to kick back and relax more, which is how most of
the weekend went. Strolling around the site, there were fantastic vehicles of
all shapes and sizes, and with all sorts of modifications to enable the less
abled to ride them.
bike show sponsored by 100% Biker magazine, brought in some silverwear for some
of the VSOC and a Minxy's black rat TR1 won best rat (and celebrated by catching
fire on the way home. J)
I really want that bike.
night of music and I wandered back to my pit quite early, only to be woken
rudely by someone complaining about my snoring shaking my tent.
took a very scenic route home, through some of the most beautiful countryside I
have ever found, avoiding motorways, losing a map on the way, and thus getting
NABD have an autumn rally in Oxfordshire in September, but I will do my best to
be at NABD15 next spring.