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Hi-5's go West
Fri 29th May 2015 to Sun 31st May 2015
organised by Highland Scotland

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The Hi-5s Go West 29th to 31st May

Day One
With our “Western Isles Survival Packs” in hand 6 cars left Inverness to begin our 3 day trip over to the Outer Hebrides.  It was tops-off for the majority of the trip over to Uig, Skye with some Hi-5s being braver than others! We met up with Eric and Rachel for lunch and then set off on our ferry to Tarbert. On the ferry the gauntlet was laid down in the form of the “Cattle-Grid Lotto”, entries were submitted to see who could correctly guess the number of cattle grids we would traverse on our 3 day trip.  Soon we were on the island of Harris and the counting began.  Our drive up to Lewis was dogged with the odd shower but undeterred we fought the urge to put tops up.  Arriving in High Borve for a relax before the other love of the Hi-5’s….Food and Drink!
Cattle Grid total for day one was 7 and already we have lost a competitor. (cynical Doug!)

Day Two
Day two began with a hearty breakfast and sun in the sky so we head for the Butt of Lewis (after a small de-tour) and some iconic lighthouse/MX5 photos were taken.  Then we head for Arnol to visit the Blackhouse and then onto Callanish Standing stones for lunch, for those that are not aware the collective term for MX5’s is a bus so we use those parking spaces nicely. Here we were joined by Squishy who was introduced to the Hi-5s for the first time.
After lunch the 7 cars headed to Stornoway for a fuel stop and then we are off to Reef beach for our inaugural beach rounders game. Teams made and rules sort of established we left nothing but pride on that beach!  With the added element of drama and us all receiving text messages from Cal Mac informing that our ferry was on an Amber alert we carry on regardless and heading back to the hotel we lose more and more competitors on the way and soon it was down to the final 3.  Cattle Grid total for day two now stands at 47.

Day Three
So we wake to rain and the thoughts that perhaps our weather luck has run out but as we head out of Lewis on the way to Harris the weather clears and as we arrive at Luskentyre beach the rain is away.  The wind however does not leave and we don our survival Ponchos and add in some beach graffiti and the photo opportunities are endless.  At this point we lost another Cattle Grid competitor and the final two just happened to be in the same car…..the tension was building! We then head off on the road to no-where with hair-pin bends, blind summits and tight squeezes this is a road that was made for the MX5s.  Lots of concentration from drivers and they have earned their lunch at the Hebrides Hotel before the “will it go, won’t it go” ferry journey home.  We hold our awards ceremony at lunch and Debbie Sinclair was announced the winner and awarded her very own cuddly Shaun the Sheep and a miniature bottle of Abhainn Dearg, the only whisky distilled on the Isle of Lewis.  The ferry did sail and on arriving at Uig we had a welcome that cannot be beaten, Eric and Rachel had arranged a piper and our own section of the pier to park on.  It’s then a short stop at Kyle for chips before heading home and saying our farewells at Contin the Hi-5s go their own ways until we meet again!
So a huge thank you to Charles and Gillian, Debbie and Bobby, Ali and Mandy, Frankie and Brian, Douglas and Muriel for making this weekend so special for us!
Things we learnt this weekend :
1. You can park 4 MX5s in a bus parking space
2. There were 67 cattle grids on our route
3. Careful use of Ponchos it can change your CB handle!
4. Hi-5s are very competitive
5. The MK1 MX5 fuel tank is much smaller than a MK3 (eh Ali!)

Dorothy & Andy

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Your Comments
30th May 2015 08:59 :: Squishy
Where are you guys heading today?

30th May 2015 19:04 :: Chuck and Gill
Really nice to meet you today, and I hope you enjoyed your time with us.

1st Jun 2015 18:06 :: Chuck and Gill
A huge thank you to Andy & Dorothy for organising a fantastic 3 day trip to the Western Isles. 600 miles of great roads, fun and laughter. Also thanks to all those who participated, whether doing the whole run, joining us for part of the run or making us feel very welcome in Uig.

1st Jun 2015 23:00 :: Squishy
It was great fun catching up with you all. I will have to meet up with you all again soon.

1st Jun 2015 23:59 :: Brian - part of FAB
An absolutely brilliant weekend!  The organisation was perfect as was the attention to detail.  The bar has been set at an all time high - well done Andy and Dorothy.  Thanks from FAB

3rd Jun 2015 10:41 :: Debbie & Bobby
A big thanks to Dorothy & Andy for organising such a fabulous 3 day event......and to all the Hi-5's who always make it so special !!!

3rd Jun 2015 15:18 :: Chuck and Gill
The event report has now been uploaded to the website. Thanks Andy & Dorothy.

3rd Jun 2015 17:17 :: Wendy
Pleased you all had a great 3days sorry I could not be there and enjoying the fun see you all soon Wendy x

4th Jun 2015 08:12 :: Douglas & Muriel
Last to comment, last in the grid counting but we\\\'re up there with you in our thanks to Dorothy and Andy for what was a truly memorable weekend, enjoyed every minute of it and with the added benefit of Radio High 5 CB. Thanks also to all for your company

6th Jun 2015 14:40 :: ali@Mandy
Home a week and wishing we were back on what was a fantastic run from start to finish

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