After a some food it was in to the class room stuff. it was excellent to get down to the nitty gritty of observer training. We covered an array of topics from positioning when following, communication, righting reports, dealing with associates, knowing the road code, as well as Motorcycle Roadcraft. I personal felt at the end of it I was far more prepared, and knew what was to be expected of me in an observer capacity.
|Food glorious food!. Pics supplied by John Hebrink.
Riding opposite lines to what I was used to so as to get a good view of Richard was not as hard as I first thought. But man there is a lot going on, between observing the rider in front as well as concentrating on my own riding it was actually very exhausting. Practicing positioning at intersections while it teamed down with rain in Thames also had it's challenges.
Back to Glens for yet more food and class room stuff before finally leaving for home in the rain about 4.00.
It was a very productive and enjoyable weekend. I brought away a lot of information to work through but I sense a real feeling of excitement amongst the other guys as we progress through. It is great to be a part of something which can only be good for motorcycling. Even though we are all keen as to become observers there will be no cutting of corners or lowering of standards. Exciting stuff.
I personally express my sincere thanks to Phillip and Morne for organizing and the teaching. I know Phil was up all hours getting stuff done. Also Glen and Shirley for the use of the wonderful home and an endless supply of excellent food.