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Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Replacement Crew


"But, you always come over for T.T. week.."

"Sorry hon, no can do. Some of the lads have lost their jobs this year. Still, the Missus' and me are coming over for the Grand Prix in August, aren't we?

(Whining) "Seven years on the trot you and the lads have come - it just won't be the same."

(For those of you who know me, you'll be aware my best mate's big bruv' always turfs up annually with a bunch of his biker mates to bunk down in the "shed". And for those of you who don't know me, rest assured the shed is not as bad as it sounds, it's fully kitted out with bunk beds, electricity, Sky TV, and a fully operational kitchen.

It's virtually written in stone - they ALWAYS come over for the super bike races.)

"Hey, that reminds me, I have a mate who is coming over with a bunch of his buddies, is it okay if I tell them to look you up? He's heard about all the wheelies by your drive, and he was wondering if you would mind if they camped out up there for a race or two? They'll be on their best behaviour.."

"Nah, s'pose not." (Still pouting.) Yeah, well okay, I guess so - but just make sure they give me a bit of warning first, okay?"

And so it was that I found seven different bikers perched out on my doorstep yesterday. They arrived just before the roads closed around 9am, and due to several delays, they were shut in with us until the early evening. It was a beautiful sun-shining day, they had brought along their own food and beverages, and just as Andy had promised, they also turned out to be on their bestest of best behaviour. Better still, each and every one of them had arrived riding their very own impressive bikes - even Andy's mate's girlfriend, the drop dead gorgeous Tiffany, came riding on her own.

As it turns out, she is not only beautiful on the outside, that girl has a heart of gold! When she learned Andy and his friends have NEVER taken their bikes along (being as how they much prefer to drink and to spectate than to ride machinery on the week they come over), she very graciously offered to lend me her "lid" today, so's I could ride pillion with none other than with one of their own, the venerable "Racy Rodger". He and his friends escorted me over the mountain route this morning.

(Which, oopsie, has no speed limit).

OH MY GOD!!


EeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeK!!!!!!!!

I have never wrapped my thighs so tightly around a man in my life. He took it easy on me (only'cos it was windy mind) and reluctantly slowed to 120mph.

Oh, look out for those hair pin bends - yikes!! (I squeezed my arms around him hard enough to puncture a lung.)

It's a tad scary being glued to the seat of a rocket.

I haven't had so much fun in months (even tho' it bruised certain delicate parts of my anatomy). What a way to see the island.. ach, it's been well worth it, 'tis but (if you pardon the pun) a small price to pay, walking about bandy-legged for the next day or so.

Ah, don't panic, I'm only messing about in my drive here.. I'm not insured nor safe enough to be let loose on my own on the road (yet). Yup, you heard me, nodding. If Tiffany can do it, why can't I? I just LOVE biking - I want one!! She's advised me to start small, get a Scooter first, then work up to my biker licence. Hell, it makes sense to me. Think of all the places I can access without having to first park up the Tardis!

So Andy, me mate (assuming you are reading this) you'd best beware my old friend, this here younger, prettier crew you sent along may well go and usurp you in future years, take heed! (Ha, you think I jest?) Seven bloomin' years I've been waiting for you to take me over that mountain - less than two days it took for your replacements to get there. Best buck up or watch your back, I'm serving notice!

I can't wait to tell hubby about the Scooter..um, oh yeah, he's in the Middle East right now - hmmn, ah well maybe I should just up and surprise him, eh? What do you think? (Giggle).

34 comments:

jinksy said...

Brrrm, brrrrmmm, girl!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

You go, girl!!!! Love it!!!! Terrific post!!! You are such an amazing writer!!! I love all your stories!!!! This one is sheer delight!! Oh, to feel the wind on my face...I'm there...with you!~Janine XO

Fletch said...

Long-suffering hubby! Careful he doesn't respond with a genuine, middle-eastern camel.

You've got the leathers, so I suppose a bike to fit snugly between them is the natural progression? Maybe NOT!

Enjoy!

Akelamalu said...

You'll be riding in the TT races before we know it!! :0

BRUNO said...

Indeed, we NEVER get too old to try somethin' "different"---we(read as SOME of us!)just get less "flexible", as other parts get more "brittle".

You know, kinda like an old tube of glue---it bends a little, but tends to crack when it's needed the most...!

chewy said...

Dear Leather Biker Chick Speed Freak,
When hubby's away Shrinky will play! Oh, no... I cannot even think about you riding your own crotch rocket. (biting my nails)

chewy said...

She is cute, but you're hot!

FrankandMary said...

I devoured this entry with avidity because I am so ready for an adventure right now, and duh, this made me realize I ACTUALLY HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. ~Mary
ps going to dinner tonight & ordering something new(as I did) does not count.

San said...

Shrinky, I remember the biker stories from last year, only how can it be an entire year already?

Come on. Tell the truth. You've wrapped your thighs that tightly around a man at least once. You know you have.

Scott from Oregon said...

Brroom brroom...

Better make it a moped.

Like a Puch.

I grew up with one. They are actually adorable to ride (which is why I was always embarrassed to be seen on ours).

Until I learned to ride wheelies on them.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Shrinky, You are so good to me...but beyond that, I love your writing! I always can be sure of a fabulous read when I come here! Can't wait for your book to come out...Anyway, in the meantime, I'm so, so glad you are back!!!!~Janine XO

SJ said...

The 7 year itch applies to visiting biker gangs too it seems :)

Suldog said...

Oh, you make quite the delectable biker babe. I'm sure if you show hubby the pictures...

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Hehehe.

Mummy went for ride on a bike wunce that was so fast, the helmet that she had borrowed started to go up and up her face as they went along! She sed she dident want to move a hand to hold on to it!

It was wen she went gliding near Oban. Wun day, wun ov the fellas that werkt thare took her for a ride on his bike for th efull lenff ov the runway!! No speed limit ov corse thare!! She sed the gliding was fine, even goin solo without an engine dident fayze her, but bein on the bak ov the bike waz terryfying. HAHAHA!

Shrinky said...

Jinksy - beep-beep!

Ah Janine, it's been many's a year since I last rode pillion, it's truly made my month!!

Ah Fletch, after 20yrs hubby is pretty much resigned to me by now. He does have a way of popping my bubbles tho' - he pointedly reminded me (when he phoned last night) of the fiasco of him once trying to teach me to ride a mere pushbike.. sigh.)

Yeah Scott, I'd be up for something like that - Cheers!

Akelamalu, even I am not daft enough to ever think of trying that, sheesh - you should see those guys, they are positively certifiably insane.

Tell me about it Bruno - mid-way through the course I was pining for a back rest and a seat belt!

What Chewy - you mean you wouldn't allow me to give you a ride?? Oh yea of such little faith! (Giggle)

Aw Mary, you go for it girl! Life is mainly boring, it's the little bits we can slot in between that keeps the fun alive, isn't it?

Um, San (grinning) I am SO tempted to answer that one honestly, but I am afraid I may lose three parts of my readership if I do (I am picturing a certain episode involving a dishwasher as I type..)

OMG, sj!!! Maybe you are right - my biker boys have run off to seek solace and comfort in the garden of another womans house? (sobbing..)

Hey Bob, I had my full glider pilots licence in my single days, I used to spend all the free time I could up in the air! (Then I joined the Headcorn free-fall parachuting club, which kind of took over from there).

Shrinky said...

Hey suldog, you must have just snuck in at the same time that I was posting the comments responses!

Aw, you silver-tongued sweet talker, you! I may very well bear your suggestion in mind - wink..

jay said...

Oh, yeah, go for it! I have my Class A licence, though I don't ride any more for a variety of reasons.

Just remember always to wear the safety gear. It can save you a broken bone, a cracked head, or several acres of skin. Please, don't ever be tempted to ride in shorts and tee, or even without boots!

Other than that, go and have fun!

Kit Courteney said...

Jealous.
Jealous.
Jealous...!

Shrinky said...

Hi Jay, hey why am I not surprised at this? Giggle - you rock girl! Oddly enough, I had a sound lecture from the guys about kitting out in the proper gear, before they left (bless). They were mostly seasoned riders and had taken a few spills themselves in their early days. I got the message (although I cannot BELIEVE HOW much all that kits costs.. sheesh)!

Hey Kit, a sprightly young lass like you has no cause whatsoever to be jealous - you have oodles of adventures lying ahead yet, you'll see!

Les Becker said...

Awwww.....! (I whine in a Canuckian accent, btw) The TT is a done-deal AGAIN, and AGAIN I am not there to see it...

You look groovy-cool on the bike, Shrink... and I at least got a motorcycle ride of my own the other day. Bummer that it wasn't past your drive.

Jorgo said...

Shrinky, you keep that Andy on his toes! Methinks he has grown complacent and sure of his place in your heart and home! Still love him, but make him work for it - as you are. (I think once over the mountain may do...)

Alex L said...

Hey your right, she is quite attractive, (insert tasteless 'riding' joke here).

If you really want to start riding try getting a 'honda CT 110' to learn on. No clutch, but they go forever, and run on the idea of a smell of an oily rag.

Shrinky said...

Hey there les, so good to see you again, me old mate! Oooooooh, when I get my biker licence, fancy a trip over the mountain?

Hi Jorgo, thanks for stopping by - ah, I am only jesting with him really, and he IS taking his bike over for the Grand Prix this year (wink).

Alex, that joke you had in mind would make your tongue turn black and fall out if spoken, just as well it wasn't - grin. Thanks for the advice, I may well take that on board when the time rolls round.

mrsnesbitt said...

Welcome to the clan! lol! The mountain....my God! last year was my first time, with bikes overtaking on both the left and right totally freaked me out! This year sitting in Ramsey watching em line up to do the mountain! Phew! Hubby did the mountain a couple of times but said it was unsafe for me...............so off he went...a few minutes later the ambulance screamed by! My God!

I needed a drink! All was well but definately not for the fearful! Well Done!

Lover of Life said...

Surprising him is a great idea :-)

simon said...

SO COOL!!! Yamaha R1s are very cool bikes too!

david mcmahon said...

It's a vroom with a view, Shrinky!

Moannie said...

What a great post, lovely story and what fun you must have had with that bunch of Bikers. Congrats on mention for POTD

Brian Miller said...

fun story. first time on a bike, i rolled it. that was years ago. can be a blast if you know what you are doing. always fun to make new friends as well. congrats on the POTD mention!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Congrats on the Post of the Day Award!

Grace Albaugh said...

Came over from David's POTD. What a ride! My heart is pumping just reading about it. Bravo on your grit. I could never do it. Fun to read about though!

Thumbelina said...

Well you certainly look the part on there! I never drove a bike but was often a pillion passenger and I loved it. Hairpin bends and all. Although not at 120mph. Yikes!

Thumbelina said...

Congrats on POTD. I hadn't realised that! (We're both in there!)

Daryl said...

You look so cool ....