like drowned rats we sloshed into the P&O booking office. Ferries were running late due to the Force 7 storms and as we’d nowhere else to go we bought tickets and boarded. Fortunately this time ratchet straps were provided. Had the ‘1200 Adventure fallen over it would probably have damaged or capsized the ship. Back on the bike at Dover then northwards and home. Put the bike in the garage as the clock turned onto 4.00am. Flopped exhausted into bed. Hilary stirred and said “shall you be going into work today?” Reply unprintable. Well that’s it for another year. Iran next year anyone? . Dave Schofield
IT’S NICE TO KNOW This article is aimed at people like me who have yet to take their IAM test. I was out in the car with Caroline, my wife, the other Friday (big Volvo estate with a “Think Bike” sticker in the back – now there’s a combination that you don’t often see!), when I noticed a motorcyclist behind me. After a few minutes I said to Caroline “Can you see that chap behind me”? She adjusted her vanity mirror and confirmed that she could see him. She asked me why and I said “He’s practicing for his test”. She asked me how I could tell and I explained that because of his road positioning, speed and reaction to traffic and other hazards around him that he must be a member of SAM, or at least somebody intending to take the IAM test. So for the next few miles, without even looking specifically at him, I gave my wife a running commentary on what he would be doing behind me vis-à-vis what I could see first being in front. Caroline confirmed every time that he was indeed taking up the road position, etc, that I predicted. This carried on uninterrupted for some little time until we got to a dual carriageway where this phantom motorcyclist was in a position to overtake. It was only then that I recognised the person concerned (no names to prevent embarrassment) and realised that it was not an Associate practicing, but an Observer about his private business! The point of the story is this; it’s nice to know that our Observers do actually practice what they preach – or as the Yanks would say “He not only talks the talk, but walks the walk as well”.
Bryan Duncan The SAM Observer December 2010
The December 2010 edition of "The SAM Observer"