This is the third year that we have had a Winter Social event in the month of February and we held it this time in the Royal Welsh town of Caernarfon. The idea behind the event is to bring people together who have a love of motorcycling and touring during the middle of the winter when, let’s face it, the majority of riders have parked up their bikes!
Leading up to the event on the 6th February, the weather forecast had been “holding fair” and some were intending on riding to North Wales taking advantage of the glorious roads through Snowdonia, but we were sandwiched between the named storms “Gertrude” and “Imogen” and so all two wheels were sensibly left at home…….
We had 70 sitting down for dinner that evening and during the course of the day it was great to catch up with everyone as they arrived at the hotel. The level of chatter gradually escalated as more arrived and they spotted either friends they’ve ridden with previously or met new people and in the case of one of our new clients, Mike, he spotted someone in the bar who he had not seen for 10 years!! They do say its a small world 🙂 As people greeted each other, it was hilarious to hear comments such as “I didn’t recognise you with normal clothes on” or “which bike do you ride?”, funny how motorcyclists recognise each other either by their riding gear or what type of motorbike they have!
Leading up to the event we had several fun filled hours putting together a dvd presentation from the tours we have done in the past. For this particular evening we did a “down memory lane” one and looked back at some of the classic photos we have taken since our first tour in April 2012……. boy, did we look young then!!!!! 🙂
The hotel had laid the room out for us with a welsh colour scheme and daffodils and provided excellent service throughout the weekend, so a big thanks goes to everyone at The Celtic Royal, we are looking forward to staying with them again on our tour of North Wales in the autumn.
We had music provided by our very own “Green Power Ranger”, Chris who played a set on his acoustic guitar and then had people joining him to sing along. Beckie, aka “The Red Power Ranger” did a good set despite not being able to read the words due to the special glasses Chris made her wear 🙂
We’d like to thank everyone for joining us at the weekend and it certainly kickstarted the touring season for us – what with the lighter nights coming and longer days, it was a great way for everyone to start thinking again about touring and enjoying the spectacular scenery and riding roads we have planned for the year ahead.