There are some remarkable contradictions in this World, such as certain Members and the word “superbikes”, however a more interesting one is Johnnie Haynes and a Buddhist retreat, emphasising serenity, stillness & quiet meditation. Not the guy we know as Johnnie FFF Haynes
Nevertheless, that’s where this complex character led us, and what a day that was!
We gathered, very few of us, unless Grumpy can work his magic, as the forecast & the days beforehand had been pretty stinking, and many were absent thru’ other commitments. So off we went from Clarkston Shops, via Strathaven, to the Clyde Valley and Goulding’s excellent tea room for the usual calorie intake.
Then via a twisty & complex route thru Thankerton, Biggar, Broughton and then via the Meggat valley reservoirs, Yarrow, Ettrickbridge, to just short of Eskdalemuir, where the Sanctuary exists.
A fabulous place, which I won’t detail here, but check out- http://www.samyeling.org/, to find out more about it.
A mostly quiet time, with great food, and we came away quiet uplifted- just as well, as the journey from Gouldings was virtually non stop, because of the rain.
Back via Eskdalemuir, Boreland and Moffat. The vote was “go for it” up the M74, and some got home somewhat earlier than others, especially the guy whose tyres are worn on the walls & not in the centre of the tread!
Thanks, Johnnie & Cath- fab roads, always challenging, Knockhill was no competition.
I’m off to a darkened room to meditate & try to work out how to enter the story with fotos onto the Web!