We all looked forward to what should be a great fun weekend.
Gathering in the Tea Room at ASDA Bishopbriggs, we set off over the Campsies in fabulous weather.
Even as early as this- going over the Campsies and looking over the Fintry Valley, was breathtaking on its own. Over hellish roads we joined civilisation at Arnprior and headed off to Aberfoyle for our first stop.
Hellish road surfaces continued on and off, however, the route was challenging in its positive sense- over the Dukes Pass, The Trossachs, up by Loch Lubnig to Lochearnhead, St Fillans and our lunch stop at 20 Shilling Wood.
Good atmosphere already and the weather was still fab.
Via Comrie, Crieff, over the hills to Aberfeldy, (we lost 2 vehicles at the junction after Gilmerton).
Fuelled up @ Aberfeldy, met David & Mary (fae Aberdour). Dave has had a tough 6 months, but looking well recovered and just as b—dy fast.
Then the real magic roads to Tummel, Killiecrankie, Pitlochry- for our last top-up. Here the Gold Wing’s battery packed up- it was about 30 years old, and this jiggered Willie’s weekend to an extent. Indeed, despite a new battery the alternator was not charging, and on the final trip home, AA or Carole Nash had to come to the rescue (2 hour wait).
Saturday was a bit bleak at first, but by the time we reached Braemar the weather improved. After a short stop at Braemar off we went to Tomintoul, again the road was magic- wide sweeping bends, ups & downs, a bikers paradise.
At Tomintoul we found a splendid cafe, George met an old Mucker- who works at Balmoral- yep, another George and like Riddell & Shilliday- sporting a beard. (All Georges have beards)
Then via Nethybridge- which is now 10 times the size I remember, by Boat of Garten to Aviemore, where we had a 1½ hour break. Some gathered on the main drag at an outside cafe & conferred with the natives.
Sunday- glorious sunshine,. This time back on the A924, North to Dalwhinnie, Spean Bridge, Ft William, Ballachuilish, Benderloch for lunch. From there, we went home our separate ways- some, as can be seen, by Sheilah’s cafe for the legendary meringues
What a weekend- roll on next year for the similar event, based in Aberdour, supervised by Dave & Mary.