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Part 9 ~ All Over bar the Sleeping!

Jan 08,2006 by Julian Grattidge

As soon as the rally finishes, well into the early hours of Sunday morning, you’re out for the count as soon as your head hits the pillow · quite literally. 48-hours of non-stop rallying action have seen to that. You can now have a proper rest · you don’t have to be up in an hour to get ready for another leg · unless you’re booked on the morning ferry back to the mainland, that is! Unlucky - Been there done that. On our first year spectating we came up on the Friday, watched non-stop right through the event, and then had to get the early morning ferry back to Oban on the Sunday morning · now that was painful - especially as it took a further six hours to get home!

"We've got to get the ferry when..!!??"

It’s a much more sedate affair nowadays. We stay on till Tuesday which allows us to stay on the island and partake in the final two essential components of the rally; first is to watch the victory procession and speeches - and who knows, you might even end up making one if all goes to plan!

The victory procession makes its way through Tobermory

Then, once all the prize giving is out of the way, its time for a monumental knees-up in the pub where the whole team can swap stories and generally make jolly until well, well, into the early hours · and don’t forget the firework display!

Job Done - Time for a pint (or two!).

Late Tuesday morning and you’re still on the island · just.

 

You’re parked at Craignure awaiting the ferry that will take you back to the mainland, from where you’ll have to repeat the slow and tiring journey all the way back home · to work · and reality.

Boo.

 

And that’s when it suddenly hits you · It’s another year before you can come and do it all again, and there’s nothing the doctor can give you to take away the pain. Too late · you’re already addicted.

Best’ start counting the days my friend... best’ start counting the days...

 

Julian Grattidge



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