As with most organisations, especially those involving outside activities, the Membership can normally be described as a mixture of personalities, usually divided into 2 types.
In the case of WSVMCC, an active motorcycle club, the split is quite clear- whimps & heros.
This particular Sunday, Baird was up to his usual historic best- organising the weather so it was peeing when we joined up & continued, off & on, for the rest of the day. Ergo only heros turned up. The rest remained sweating in their pits
My personal feeling is that it’s too large and as a consequence lacked atmosphere. The food likewise was quite basic & unimaginative. “Must try harder”.
Since we were close by- we decided to examine the recent works undertaken on The Rest and be Thankful road, old and new. The new one experiences regular landslides and when that happens a detour of some 50 plus miles is involved. So the old road has been resurrected seemingly with no less than 3 layers of tarmac and a slight widening of the final bend.
It appears that fire engines, buses and articulated lorries have driven up recently & managed the turns, including the final one. Willie McG, who was brought up around Cairndow, remembers travelling the old road by bus, when he was a wean. Strong arms required by the drivers- nae power steering then!
And so- three hungry souls stopped at our favourite Tarbet Tea Room for an uplift, pleasingly to find that a lot of customers had taken away our recruitment leaflets- “cast your bread on the waters—”
Thanks to the Bairds- maintaining a proud tradition, started by the sorely missed Willie Baird.