Breakfast at the Graze road side cafe, where John Taylor stopped by for a roll, good luck John with the “Ready brek dinner”. Eight braved the cold start on bikes and Bill D the guide was nicely wrapped up in the wee car. Once the coffee and buns had been consumed we set off at a steady pace “40 mph at the front” (Colin Ness was on his 100 mph Triumph and the speed was set for his comfort…remember we are a “Vintage Club” both in age and bikes). We passed throu’ Dunlop, Stewarton and on to Galston. Then Catrine and Auchinleck stopping at the Barony A Frame.
This, the pit head Winding Frame restored when the mine closed and is a memorial to those lost in the pit as well as a memorial to the Ayrshire Pits. Long gone now, & the only coal operations are open cast, and they are on a sticky wicket as there is no money to maintain them and to replace the top dig after removing the coal.
Spent some time here and allowed Norrie to get a photo shoot…a cold wind was blowing so we said farewell and continued our tour.
Along the route, waste tips of old mining operations could be seen (if only we had not whizzed along) and the village names we passed throu’ were familiar as pit names in times past, Drongan and Patna to Dalmellington and then across the moors to Straiton and on to Maybole and Dunure for lunch.
Bill Davies was able to take advantage of having three wheels and tramped on over the moors for a wee bit fun. The others were a bit more restrained as there was still a risk of ice in the shadows or gravel to give you a bit of excitement. Passed over some roads with grass on the centre, not a common sight now. We couldn’t care- HE had the 3 wheeler.
Lunch was at the Dunure Inn down on the quayside and was good as usual, albeit we were a little behind schedule. At lunch we were joined by Manfred and Charlotte Haynes and Bill’s wife June, also a Dutch neighbour of Bill’s who arrived in a Lotus Elise.
After lunch another photo shoot at the quayside…what a mottly crew, must be the cold…in reality a great day with sunshine all the way and some wind in the exposed places.
Thanks Bill, for the run & the story, (full of lies especially 40 mph at the front!)