Our week on the Isle of Lewis
Trip Start Jul 23, 2012
60Trip End Feb 03, 2013
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Megan and Donald's House
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!!
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
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…
Morning dawned and a cooked breakfast was on the cards with bacon and egg rolls
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!
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
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…
Day five and our time in Stornoway was drawing to a close
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.
Here we are at day 6 and I am writing this while on the ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool
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…