Study During Slack Week vs Fly to Bermuda. The Winner is...
Gord, age 19, really liked Main Street, Bermuda. April, 1969.
Scott and I rented 50cc Honda motor bikes to see the island
Scott had the idea. I had enough money (after cashing in a Canadian Savings Bond). We squeezed into the back of a friends VW, got dropped off in Syracuse and hitch-hiked the rest of the way to New York City. We crashed with Scotts father, 'Brick' Bradford near La Guardia next day bought plane tickets for Bermuda.
We ran into trouble once we landed. We learned we would not be allowed to stay if we did not have accommodation. And we didn't. Who knew!! Not us.
Fortunately, a Custom Official called a family who rented rooms on Spanish Point, we were accepted sight-unseen and were soon unpacking our bags in a clean room at the back of a very tidy house and happily paid the fare, $49/week (shared, with breakfast included). And we zipped around on 50cc Hondas like we owned the place.
Photos From Along the Way:
Hamilton's Main Drag. Our scooters, with wicker baskets, might be in this scene
I directed traffic for a couple of minutes while the traffic cop took a break
We have Bass Ale and a beach to ourselves.
Scott tries out the water at Horseshoe Bay. "It's cold!"
I don't recall climbing any hills for this shot. The road we travelled is top left.
I'm wearing my lucky t-shirt from Norwich District High School
Bass Ale stayed cold about 12 inches down in the sand
We visited an old, lonely fort at the St. George end of the island.
"There's still a shell in here from World War II" says Scott
"Aim a little left of the sailboat," I say. "And fire when ready!"
We walked an old pier and almost got blown away
Checking out cheaper accommodations!
We decided to stay on Spanish Point. We had indoor plumbing there.
I salute the Red Ensign out back of the Hamilton Hotel
Scott was shooting at ground hogs. Not everyone was impressed : )
Scott's family lived in the U.S. so he gave two thumbs up to the flag.
Did a bit of shopping at a local store. Brown bagging it home.
I've got the Drambuie and Scott has the Scotch whisky.
Mix 'em together and what have you got? Rusty Nails and a walk home.
Link to a good Rusty Nail recipe.
I've owned both a '64 VW and a small scooter, and really liked them both.
So, this is me again with two of my favourite rides.
Please link to Family Photos - Rare and Unusual : ) (2)
Photos by Scott and Gord
From the collection of GH