Midweek Run 29th July

A Wednesday full of Eastern Promise but we went Souih actually.

Met at Waitrose Car Park, Newton Mearns, which is quite handy for a meet-up. Johnny had arranged to meet our Border friends in Thornhill, so that’s the route we took- a LONG way, but other than the Kilmarnock to Thornhill stretch it was quite good.

Not so clever was a Focus driver, who seemed intent on killing Johnny & then himself a couple of times. We were seriously concerned & surprised we didn’t come across his remains further on. Shades of Grumpy’s experience going toward Dunoon on one of our Runs.

Sure enuff, we met Drew & Nigel in Thornhill & had lunch there. A glorious day, after a coolish start.

From Thornhill the marvellous road via Moniaive to Carsphairn, where the T shop is now operating, after being closed for a while. Great outside area & quite Covid Friendly.

Johnny & the rest bar the writer went to Newton Stewart & the Galloway Forest for an extra 50 miles or so.

Could have done with a few more Members!

Peebleshire Run 12-7-20

This was the first formal & legit run for the Club post March. Therefore there was a learning element to the experience.

A reasonable turnout as can be seen. After contacting Gouldings, they advised that we cross the road to their other venue, Valley View, now renamed for this edition as “Happy Valley” – you will recall.

We marched towards the Entry only passage, where we were met by a Blond Police Sergeant who directed Weans & Mums to the right, and old farts to the left.

Then name, address, inside leg & phone number before enterering one at a time to order & part collect your drink and cardboard box, if goodies only. Then to the entrance to the outside sitting area supervised with all cleansing material as required. Collect your hot food from a separate table. Thereafter, normality.

That is until when going to the loo. Well worked out, but one at a time, spotless & entrance supervised. Exit by a dedicated path to the Exit only.

By the way, Irene is offering hair transplants using Willies Excess Hair at £1 per strand: for £500 you could look like Trump the Chump.

How are they supposed to make a living? I believe it’s called the New Norm!

The run itself was very enjoyable, via Biggar, Broughton, Peebles, Innerleithan, Yarrow AND, because Tibie Shiels was stowed out, direct to Moffat & eating OUTSIDE. Some brought sandwiches, others bought the likes of fish & chips (Willies came in a cardboard aquarium it was MASSIVE, with chips on the side). One other, sometimes referred to as Mein Fuhrer, had sandwiches AND bought chips etc!!!

We returned by the old A74, some blind riders missed their marker, others rejoined and one other overtook us by nipping up the M74. So just as normal.

Last Throw of the Dice (we hope) 27 June 20

We can now look forward to Motorcycling proper in a week’s time.

In this regard , subject to our Church Executive, we’ll have an outside Meeting on Monday 6th July, outside, at the usual time. (Remember midgies & Willie, smoke 3 pipes!

We also plan our first official Club Run on Sunday 5th July, aiming to go South and perhaps meeting in Abington (A74) at the Post Office cum outside Cafe, around 10.15. This will all be confirmed in due course.

Meanwhile, the Last Throw is below and we thank Grumpy for all his talented support throughout the last 4 Months

Spring Run 2006

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Lockdown Special -almost @ Stage 2 8-6-20

Hi all

Some 30+ views, some of PAISLEY!!!, as well as others

A reminder of what’s round the corner.

These last 2 days No RIPs in Scotland, and Greater Glasgow has none in Intensive Care. Not so in the Lothians- too much paddling in Portobello methinks.

Keep smiling or gritting your teeth. Johnny has a cunning plan for us to at least see each other. Let’s await the Maestro

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Grumpy’s Regular Greeting Postcards 26th May 2020

At last  we’re beginning to see some elements of normality at the end of the long, dark Tunnel

Your Leaderene has spoken, and we, hopefully, will be able to enjoy biking again in the not too distant future.

Obviously there are different ways of interpreting the rules (post Dominic) but the statement that most attracted my attention was “the Polis won’t be stopping drivers ad hoc”. Remember not to ride too far.

So Grumpy, over to you-

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Norrie’s Covid-19 Anti Virus.12-5-20

The Maestro has surpassed himself. Managing to get John Mitchell in 3 times: as you would expect one  of course, with a phone attached with Superglue to his ear. Spot the damsel in distress.

I was just thinking when I saw the snow on some of the fotos, do you think my heated socks, ordered in latish March will arrive in time for Winter?

Thanks again, Norrie

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PS More awaiting the nod, to go.

Pick me up AGAIN by Norrie. 30th April 2020

So here we go again. Will this effing boredom ever cease? When we we get our legovers or is it legs over again?

Old farts like most of us will surely be the last to get Bail, so Grumpy’s efforts are really welcome- Thanks, Norrie

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Another Pick-me-up from Norrie

Norrie has assembled a huge gallery for our benefit

This is a small selection. More will follow weekly or thereby.

I’ve seen the whole lot, but am unaware what this edition will contain— except for Glennifer Braes.

This is infamous, not because Norrie exercises there frequently, but because of a certain infamous tent he “acquired” there.

Details from Scott Dunwoodie.

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Pick-me-ups from Grumpy 6th April 2020

Hi all.

Crappy, isn’t it?

Grumpy & I thought it might be a good idea to try & cheer each other up and keep the Club together, so to speak.

These are fab fotos from the expert, and hasn’t he done good?

What a bonny country we are privileged to live in?

What comes over, when you look at them, above the smiles, is that we used to get good turnouts, not that very long ago!

Who and why & what excuses for not attending?

By the way, when Alan Herd gets in touch with me, I’ll up-date the start of our web page.

Bike Club at Carrick Castle – Argyle 19-8-12

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Grumpy’s Film Show 2-3-2020

This time it was our pet photographer’s turn to strut his stuff. 

You may recall from a previous post, that we received a box of slides from Jake Dale, the late Jim Dale’s brother.

Jim was a founder Member of our Club, along with the likes of Bill Sandford, Willie Baird, and an other who had sewn up pockets, but whose name I can’t recall.

So our Grumpy used these slides as a foundation for the show, especially, as Bill Sandford managed to join us, as he was the most likely guy to identify the early photos. Grumpy had added a selection of older, coloured photos which some of the audience could recall

All went exceedingly well with our Chairman doing the voice overs, more like shout overs- so a flurry of ear plugs being inserted, said it all.

A significant turnout for a Winter’s night, of some 20 hardies, awaiting the pestilence of Corona to descend on us & spoil our runs- better not!!!

Thanks Norrie- the boy dun good converting the slides to enable a proper film show to take place.

(I’ve got to say, that Botox & Grecian 2000 combination is better than I ever dreamed of)

A small selection from the film show.

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