I feel as though I have been here there and everywhere recently and I know I haven’t really got time to take a breather yet.
I have had a wonderful time gadding off doing some exciting things. Me and the OH went of the watch the MotoGP at Silverstone at the start of the month. I had a wonderful time. The race was brilliant and I must say I wasn’t disappointed with the result. We went for all 4 days. I spent some of the time when the sun was actually shining trying to get some pictures and getting shouted at by marshals for standing too close to the fence. The other times we sat in the grandstands and wrapped up because of cause we live in Britain where you can go from sweating your arse off to have 5 layers on and still being cold all in one day.
The Race day was the high light I hadn’t been to a race before always just watch it on TV and I wasn’t sure what the expect. We were in the Rossi stand and had a good view of the big screen. We had all been riven flags to wave around. it was wonderful to have everyone around you supporting the same people cheering, gasping, shouting all together. It was unforgettable.
I then went back to work for a few days and was off again.This time to do some training on the motorbikes and hopefully pass to get my full bike license. Now in the UK it is a silly method to get your licence. First you do your CBT the allows you to ride scooters and up to 125cc bikes, then you have to do a theory test, then you have your big tests you MOD1 test (off-road test) and your MOD2 test, If you pass all of the above then you have your license.
I had done my theory and my CBT already so have 5 days of training and test to get my license. I was very worried because if I failed the first test I would have to rethink everything probably looking at next year which I really didn’t want to do.
I spent the Saturday in the pouring rain training for my MOD1. We were at a large car park where the instructors had set out cones to simulate the test. You have to do figure of 8’s, slalom, u turns. emergency stops and an avoidance exercise. I quickly found my balance and a way of getting the bike to do what I wanted and I felt a lot lot better about the while thing. I liked the gent I was doing it with was finding it hard as well and the instructor was very confidence giving. There was another pair of older guys doing it who thought that they were amazing.
I hate when men go ‘ Are you finding it alright? You may struggle with this kind of thing.’ ohh actually go and do one people.
The Sunday we had the chance to practice at the test center which was good to actually get chance to see what it is like and to use the speed trap. For a change the sun was shining and I thought well this isn’t too bad after all is it.
Monday was test day. I couldn’t sleep the night before. I had to be at the training centre at 7.15 and my test was at 8.55. I really really felt sick. I rode over and kept thinking of all the things that could go wrong. AAAHHH i thought why are you doing thins you silly woman. I went on and a little bit like a dressage test it was over and I though what just happened did I do ok?? Thankfully through some miracle I passed.
This meant onwards and upwards. Tuesday I had training again this time on the roads around all the areas that I would be doing my test. It was so hot it wasn’t even funny. The instructor was brilliant and had a different way of teaching which took a while to get used to. I found it strange because I don’t drive in the area and I’m really not used to so much traffic but it was a good learning curve.
The Wednesday was my test. I havent been so nervous in a long time. I was sitting waiting to be called my hands were shaking. When I got started I thought I had failed straight away and spent the first 5 minutes chuntering to myself ‘you idiot, you failed already’ I had everything massive lorries going through small villages, traffic, people walking out on me, road sweepers and horse riders. I spent large amounts of time going what is the speed limit here I thought I saw a sign but it has been a while, second guessing my every move. In then end though I passed.
Now all I need is a bike.