Saturday, April 25, 2015

ScooterBob in England - the Prologue

You ask me where to begin?

I have been looking back at my blog to remember when I first met Bob - earliest records analysed with the latest dendrochronology techniques point to July 2009.  There nestling amongst the grafitti scratchings from here today bloggers and spammers (e.g. Affer, "Lady" Camilla Jessop, Percy Weiper, Alice Scradcza etc) was a thoughtful comment from Bob thanking me for a Greek poem.  This was the first of many comments we exchanged, mine mostly admiring his pink Crocs(tm), his trying to figure out what I was going on about.  I'm sorry we never met in person. This is the first of three blog posts.

My sun shall rise in the East

On April 7th I received an email from Geoff James located somewhere in the far east (or is New Zealand in the  far west?) advising that ScooterBob had been dispatched into the global mail system.  Good, I thought, that will give me several weeks to figure out some plans.
In record time, on 10th April ScooterBob arrives in England! Tomkins is intrigued.
I knew that Gary wanted to take ScooterBob on an amazing road trip in May and I had plans to visit Harrogate just before then so the early arrival was a bonus. That weekend I was planning to drive down South with various family and friends calls to make - so ScooterBob came too.

Your friend is close by your side

This was a Yeti trip spent mostly on crowded motorways.
We make it to Box Hill in Surrey (South West of London) at the scene of my first ever blogger meeting with Highwaylass in 2007.

FLASHBACK to 2007:
Daily Telegraph motoring section readers: Clarky in the middle was my "financial adviser" until he retired in style to South America.

Box Hill is the highest hill of the North Downs - interested readers can look here------->BOX HILL,

Before the arduous ascent of Box Hill up Zig Zag road ScooterBob enjoys staple carbohydrates and a cappucino with a free copy of Motorcycle Monthly.
View from the summit: Next stop is Gatwick, where I will meetup with lifelong buddy Charles.


Due to ScooterBob being a little tired, I forgot to bring him to meet up with Charles and he rested at the hotel whilst we enjoyed another cappucino at Redhill aerodrome.  Charles flew an Airbus around the world in 23 days back in 2007.

Charles  wishing ScooterBob happy travels...
Somehow I'll find my way home<-------PLAY ME!


In the next installment ScooterBob visits Harrogate with BMW motorcycles as a theme.



24 comments:

  1. I keep adding places to take Scooterbob. I may need him for a month. :)

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  2. Nick what a great place for ScooterBob to begin its UK travels. From the summit of Box Hill, looking southwest, somewhere 45 kilometers out on the horizon lies my grandmother's home town, Godalming. We visited after landing at Gatwick. Your prologue brings back fond memories from long ago.

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    1. I know Godalming well - If I had known your connection we could have had a photoshoot there!

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  3. Nick, I was waiting for your posts in great anticipation. I remember that Bobskoot sometimes got a little irritated by your British sense of humour when commenting. Well, at least, as a second language speaker I thought it was just that... ;-)

    I hope Tomkins didn't get jealous.

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    1. I never try to wind people up...it's just my manner

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  4. I was wondering where the next segment was going to be. This should be entertaining. Those carbs look frightening...

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    1. Ha!

      I had to come back to the post to find the carbs. Seeing as it was you Richard I thought jets, not pasta :)

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    2. With Nikos (or Bob) it has to be food...

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    3. Did someone mention food??

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  5. A brand new continent for ScooterBob., Looking forward to following his travels across the pond.

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    1. This is only for starters - others have much more exotic plans for him!

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  6. Great to see ScooterBob's wheels are still rolling...

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  7. Woo hoo, more adventures of the ever endearing scooterbob.

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  8. Yep, perfect to have ScooterBob in the food pictures. Good job Nikos.

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  9. Nice, liked the long depth of field shots....

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    1. Thanks - Wonderful wide angle lens on my cheapo Panasonic!

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  10. Wonderful post! Great job! I'm excited for my turn to "show ScooterBob a good time!" It's my specialty, don'tcha know!
    Smooches,
    Sash
    Sash - The Rude Biker Chick
    See Sash Videos!

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    1. Thanks - you will enjoy the experience.

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  11. Terrific Nick, SB is already covering some ground! I suspect that Tomkins is interested because our cats, Annie and Thomas have left him secret messages, given their interest in SB :-)

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    1. Thanks Geoff - who knows what cats get up to!?

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