Featured Rideout Borders For A Few Days In A Tent

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  1. Eldon

    Eldon Elite Member

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    #21 Eldon, Jun 1, 2024
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    Now this is an interesting one; a camp site for caravans and motorhomes just outside Kelso.

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    Picture the scene......
    Before the treeline is a river. My long gone Border Collie, Barney, and I went for a walk one evening. I crossed the knee deep river and my faithful dog followed. On the opposing bank, at the top, was an electric fence. Now I didn't want my buddy to catch it and get a shock ;) so I promptly pressed the top strand down with my boot :confounded:..... and the dog jumped over.

    Oh be jeezus, I had a right belt in my thigh :eek:o_O:eyes::skull:
    Oh fook I'm not doing that again.

    Its funny now, but wasn't at the time :joy:
     
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  2. Eldon

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    #22 Eldon, Jun 1, 2024
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    And back to Hawick ( pronounced Hoik).

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    There's a good army surplus store there, good gear, cheap prices.
    Website nothing special but here it is;

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    I needed a new " Rocket pouch" yes really :cool: as my zip had broken and I use it regularly :skull:

    £25 and sorted :cool::blush:
     
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  3. Vulpes

    Vulpes Confused Member

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    You went to Hoik twice, did ya? :joy:
     
  4. Eldon

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    Yes :rolleyes: once when the shops were shut and another, in the same day, when they were open :joy:
    I intended to go west but wanted to do a slightly eastern loop.
     
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  5. Eldon

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    "Hoik" is well worth a visit as the people are very welcoming and it has quite a few motorcycling connections.

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    Previously, I rode my bike through the park to take a picture at the various monuments and no-one batted an eyelid, in fact they all said hello or morning.
     
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  6. Eldon

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    Here's a picture puzzle of last night's camp spot, and I know some of you will know where it is.

    Where's this?

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  7. Dawsy

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    Jimmy Guthrie and Steve Hislop feature greatly in the museum in Hawick, and yes, we rode right to the door and the locals smiled and said hello :grinning:
     
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  8. Eldon

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    #28 Eldon, Jun 1, 2024
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    On a previous trip to " Hoik".

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  9. Eldon

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    Nobody having a guess?

    Here's another clue.

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  10. Eldon

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    #30 Eldon, Jun 2, 2024
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    Then onwards saturday morning, down this valley.
    Nice sweeping bends got me going :cool: but then, on one quick open lefthander I hit a patch of something and both wheels let go, a proper ar5e twitch moment o_O:eek:
    I went back to check what it was and the patch of loose gravel was smack on the apex between the two car tracks i.e. exactly wrong place for a well positioned bike line.

    This calmed things down quiet a bit, which was lucky, as a few miles further on the road is in shocking condition. One pothole I saw, looked to be about 600mm in diameter, and with water in it, so no idea how deep it was.

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  11. Eldon

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    #31 Eldon, Jun 2, 2024
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    A few miles further and with googlemaps showing the way, the fuel light came on.
    A quick stop and tap of the screen showed a local fuel stop.
    Ok slight detour then back to it.

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    :joy: you're having a laugh right?

    Another tap of googlemaps and 3.3 mile away is another filling station. That was a 24hr card only style unit but saved 17 pence a litre and not even off route :cool::blush:
     
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  12. Eldon

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    After fuel I did some proper little lanes meandering roughly in a homeward direction.

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    Beautiful weather, not too hot, but definitely warm enough, and such blue skies :heart_eyes:
     
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  13. Wessa

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    Looks like your trip is going well, and you are getting the sunshine.
     
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  14. Eldon

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    #34 Eldon, Jun 2, 2024
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    I stopped for a snack and nosey at this roadside bridge which looked interesting.

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    Edit: rotated image to make easier reading.
     
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  15. MightyBoosh

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    #35 MightyBoosh, Jun 2, 2024
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    Nice one @Eldon I always enjoy driving through ther Borders on my way further north (recently back from Harris & Lewis) must get my shit together and sort out a similar trip to yours. Coming back to Hawick, I installed a machine there many years ago. Main thing I remember was the ridiculous breakfast they gave me on the Sunday morning. Feckin plate like a car wheel, it was colossal. I was barely conscious once I'd finished! :grinning:
     
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  16. andyc1

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    Not St. Marys is it?
     
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  17. Eldon

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    @MightyBoosh are you planning on doing a write up on Harris and Lewis?

    Been there myself a few years ago and plan to go back at some point, great place.

    I always find Hawick an interesting place and each visit I find more, one of those, the more you look, the more you see, sort of thing.
     
  18. Eldon

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    Not quite in the camp stove picture, but you are very close ;)
     
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  19. MightyBoosh

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    No mate. For one, it was a car trip so not so interesting for folk here, but mainly, I can't be arsed with having to store images online in order to post them here. Too much bother.....but as you say, a great place to visit. We were blown away by it. Like you we were blesed with the weather and then Calmac buggered us with a ferry cancellation, but long story short they paid for the required extra accommodation while we waited for a crossing, so three extra days. Perhaps there is a God :cool:
     
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  20. Eldon

    Eldon Elite Member

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    What do you mean by " having to store pictures online"?
    There is a max file size but you can deposit direct off your phone. I find the easiest way around if too big is to do a screenshot which reduces it ;)
     
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