BMW NATIONAL RALLY
FRAMLINGHAM AUGUST 2017
Friday 25th August, 0715, 10 degrees and off to the East Anglian Section's National Rally..... excitement levels were high as I headed up the M5 to meet with friends at Cheltenham.... my instructions were to go past Cotswolds BMW (how mean was that!) and head to Morrisons. After that all I had to do was keep up - simples. Hugs and coffee and we were off.
Stow on the Wold, Chipping Norton, Banbury, Deddington, Croughton and coffee in Buckingham sat in the sun. Milton Keynes with the lovely roundabouts, Bedford, past Cambridge, Newmarket for Ice Creams, Stowmarket and 10 hours after leaving home landed with a warm welcome from the Meet and Greet team. There was definitely an autumn bite showing - although the daytime temperatures were good the trees were showing signs of change and there was lots of harvesting.
A relaxed evening meeting up with old friends and making new ones. The official rides were full by the time we got to the notice board but we hatched a cunning plan and set off on Saturday to Sutton Hoo (National Trust Burial Ground). Aldeburgh and Sizewell (no the fish did not have 3 eyes and the sea was not glowing). Our leader soon found grassy lanes and quiet wiggly roads - perfect.
Bob (brackets) Bensley did a grand job with the auction and the vision of the hunky 6' 8" chap trying on the medium leathers will make me smile for a while. The raffle tickets were in short supply but somehow I ended up with some and won a heated vest which was donated to a mate that didn't have one - winter is approaching! Elvis entertained us and members were soon jiving away. All good fun.
Sunday there was much on site to see and do but my wheels were calling and off we went to a Craft Centre near Henstead, then Beccles, Haddiscoe, Belton, BurghCastle and Gorleston-on-Sea, Bungay, Fressingfield and Dennington - not many miles but mainly empty twisty roads. The evenings entertainment was the Quiz - way beyond me with an offering of only a few answers but the hall was crowded and the air very competitive.
My request for an early start was not met with huge enthusiasm but they played and we were gone by 0730 - punishment being brekkie at a Burger King en route! But we had a wonderful quiet ride across Suffolk and our first traffic was at Stow (I won't mention how 4 became 3+1 before gathering together again for coffee at Buckingham). Farewell hugs at Cheltenham and the M5 was quietish so home in 9 hours.
Many thanx to Sally, Brian and Graham for your company and being 'route masters' and to all those who worked so hard both before and during the weekend to make it a brilliant time for so many.