Oban, here we come- Saturday 9th Sept 2017

Only weather of any merit- decision made- ,Saturday (unusually) it shall be.

Good call!- a fabulous day, no wind, perfect weather.

After meeting at Milton, some 10 of us assembled at Tarbert, joined by Maurice & Leo, who had heard of us thru Facebook (possibly Dave MacD)

Also decided in view of the assembled company, we should enjoy the roads & pick the best. So it turned out- usual odd snag along the Lochside with campervans & buses, but managed to get by eventually. 

Then a great run to Connel.P1230758 not a lot of traffic & fabulous road surfaces & bends- very enjoyable. & then to Poppies (see a previous post)P1230761P1230750

The view from our lunch table outside, nothing short of spectacular; as was the food, with a number taking fish of some sort.. Eoghainn & Rhona arrived before us, this time Eoghainn had a proper bike, a Honda

So Willie then led us thru Oban and down to Lochgilphead. Can I say, Leo (the Lioness) was more than keeping up with us, and on a 300ccs Kawasaki, no less, yes less ccs by a margin than anyone else!P1230768

Then, again, a wonder road to Inveraray, scenery out of this World. Managed to park, more or less together, and Brambles for naughties.Sat. run 9 Police cars rushing South, so the inevitable detour by Dalmally (Eoghainn heading home that way, anyhow).

Although more traffic, other than Lochside, no problems. separated at off ramp to Erskine, with Maurice & Leo heading somewhat further.

A really satisfying day- good to be alive & in Scotland. Think of the poor guys suffering Irma- VERY sad. Ain’t we lucky- indeed.

You may look up a rather inferior tale of Saturday’s run at-

 http://www.roadtrails.co.uk/?p=2228

Photos by David Kerr & Maurice.P1230763P1230765Sat. run 6Sat. run 2

 

 

 

 

Irish Weekend 31st August- 3rd September 2017

You’re right- seems now a 4 day event. A & F Baird devised the strategy of abandoning North West Castle on the Thurs night, in favour of staying that night in NI, now at our new base camp, The Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim- a great find by George S

A glorious morning. Gathering points varied from Burnhouse, Monkton & our lunch stop at Ballantrae.DSC00231 Johnny must have been constipated, he drove, initially like a lassie. When the blue touch paper was lit, he reverted to type, thank Goodness- we were falling asleep, so we were.

No hassle with the ferry crossing, although some clocked the number of sniffer dogs doing a sweep. They didn’t come near us, just as well, as they would only get gravy bones- & that would do the trickOn the Ferry

According to the leaders of our pack, who will be nameless, complete with SatNavs- but not switched on- supposedly GUIDING us to The Dunsilly, managed to make a fist of it, seeking the mysterious roundabout.

They overshot the off-ramp (nae roundabout), and led us another 50+ miles before they realised what plonkers they were. If only that had been the end of it! “Wouldn’t have happened in my day”

A fab dinner with George & June and a couple of other 30 Club Members joining us. The first night of four tasting the output of grapes from various parts of the world- Murder

Come Friday a relaxed start to the day, setting off at about 11am, as some coming on the Friday Ferry. But The Dunsilly was a good setting off point.Dunsilly car park

Must have been around 50 bikes, a great turnout. The sun was shining on us again. We headed towards the Sperrins, led by the ever young Jack Moore, who can crank his scooter well over, to compensate for a pitiful top speed. Mind the road surfaces were hellish, this because George is no longer involved in the maintenance & upgrade thereof.

Went thru Toome (always worrying connotations) & we stopped at Ballyronan Marina.Ballyronan car parkBallyronan

We continued via Moneymore, Draperstown & past Lough Fea AND the Tyco HQ to lunch at the Cohannon Inn.Cohannon Inn

On the way back, we stopped at Oxford Island park and sanctuary, near Lurgan.Oxford Island 2 A couple of lucky guys accompanied George to his home to collect his mobile phone (can u imagine George without is mobile phone?? Almost as frightening as John M without one!) George still has an interesting load of bikes. The return behind George was theraputic— not.

The main body returned to the hotel by the other side of Lough Neagh

Saturday, traditionally is the Big Day- somewhat now competing with Friday’s run since we are starting at a sensible time of day. A lovely sunny day again.

Our leader for the day was Tony Ross- and did he do a fab job? We skirted Antrim and took the wee roads past Kells to Broughshane and then Eastwards to Glenarm.Glenarm

Not only did we have the odd mobile chicane to try to pass, (roads were VERY narrow), and then a huge semi permanent cherry picker which only allowed a solo to pass.

After a comfort stop by the sea, we went up the Antrim coastline to Cushendun then across the plateau to Armoy and Ballintoy. Then a few miles down the coast, into the Dunseverick Baptist Church for lunch.Saturday lunch

Comfy chairs outside for to get a suntan to let u understand (no open air service here) and welcomed by the “minister”, who immediately recognised us as SINNERS. Yes you! After making sure we knew our place in the queue to meet Santa Pietro, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Perfect location.Group Photo 3Lunch at the Church

We then skirted Coleraine and veered South along the edge of the River Bann (excellent roads to try out one’s new suspension!).DSC00342DSC00338

We stopped at the Marina (wonderful venue, not too busy for such a glorious day), returning to the hotel by Rasharkin & Portglenone

Total retribution on Sunday from Above for our sins, as predicted on Saturday lunchtime. It rained the whole bl—dy day, so it did. The brave ones, including some locals who joined the run (foolish? No, VERY foolish, but good pals), joined the morning run into Co. Down & back to Co. Armagh to lunch at Brownlow House- a favourite venue.Brownlow House 1

The very brave escorted the Scots platoon to Stena in Belfast.

Journey on ferry- no drama. Very, very wet thereafter for all. Gear will take 3 days to dry our- even if set alight.

Again- a WELL DONE to George & his team- we enjoyed all the friendship & blethers with our VERY good friends from the 30 Motorcycle Club. Nothing more uplifting that exchanging experiences, refreshments & indeed “issues” with close & caring friends.Dunsilly HotelMixture 1Mixture 2Mixture 3Mixture 4Lunch at Brownlow 1