Sunday’s SSSS Secret Visit to THE BUNKER 27th May 2018

Been looking forward to this trip for a long time. So after first meeting at Bishopbriggs, off to Bridge 49 nr Linlithgow to meet up with Dave & Mary Stewart & Ron Gow, from Aberlour & Biggar .

A favourite venue with cheeky staff & very nice food.DSC01722

Dave led us via the new Queensferry Crossing- wow, & 60mph limit (Fife take note). He proceeded to confuse us where we were going or heading for. Suffice it to say, Fife roads normally, anywhere towards the coast are Murder. On a holiday weekend Sunday- you’ve guessed it- VERY frustrating. Dave did his best to keep away from the worst tailbacks. However, never seen so many various speed limits.

So finally we arrived at our destination- while the rest of Scotland was frying in sunshine, when we arrived it was B—y freezing.Untitled-1DSC01776DSC01774

However, the journey was really worth it. For those young ones, it might not mean much, however, we were all above the age of puberty, and the precautions taken to keerp the UK going post a nuclear attack, was a very serious matter.DSC01788DSC01794

Not the most pleasant of environments- but when push comes to shove—

Hopefully, Grumpy’s pics will enlighten you.

We were all ravishing by then, but Dave & Mary had sneaked a snack while in there- bully beef and powdered eggs, I believe- very authentic.

The more sophisticated ate in Anstruther- one, Grumpy, a VERY large fish & chips. It was fair roasting and very busy.DSC01812DSC01814

An invite to Dave & Mary’s palatial home was very welcome. There we were refreshed and gobsmacked at the almost completed new home they are building. One of the most impressive homes we have ever seen. And what views!

We hope they will be very happy there

No hanging about going home, in double quick time. Good job Johnny clocked the Polis Van on the A876- normally covered by a mobile camera vehicle over one of the bridges- trust me, very often

A grand day out. A number of Members heading for Northern Spain on Sunday & some already in Lossiemouth by then. Some of whom have actually paid their Membership Fees!!!!


44th Annual Spring Run. Troon 18th-20th May 2018

How time flies! There is one, who was on the first still with us, Bill Sandford.. Certainly one or two more on the second one. The grey vote is obviously working, as this is the dearest hotel we’ve stayed in- The Marine Hotel, Troon- overlooking the Open Championship Course. As it happens, it was good, but very, very good???Untitled-4Untitled-3

Johnny and a number of WSVMCC Members met the Irish throng from the Ferry at Cairnryan. I am led to believe, Johnny was VERY forceful in his welcome talk regarding behaviour, such as no overtaking, keep close AND CORNER MARKINGDSC01532

This talk sort of bit him in the bum (has a nice bum you know) more later.

No matter, stopped at Ballantrae for fuel & to let two caring Members arrive from the far North to help with the marking (they needn’t have bothered)DSC01536

We set off to Colmonell and Pinmore. Apparently we went through Drongan, which is not on the tourist map, but even worse, one of the party accused this innocent town of producing a certain Nicola (yup). This error was corrected and the guy/guyess advised the guilty town was actually Dreghorn. (And I used to like Dreghorn)

Then to Maidens, past Trump’s understated (as if) Golf Complex at Turnbury, to Maidens for a wee, yes wee stop ,and to admire the sea-side scenery.Untitled-5 More of which we observed as we drove North via Culzean Castle and Dunure. We stopped for lunch at the Balgarth Pines. A fab lunch in wunderbar wetter. Hereafter we return to the thorny matter of corner marking.

No sooner did we leave the hotel then 1 body did not mark a corner. This was a bit inconvenient. To make matters worse Dosey Dave, King Kenny, Mick & Titch departed the hotel  BEFORE Tail End Grumpy. Thus a very tired old man, having marked the next corner for ages, & seeing Grumpy arriving, followed these geysers, as did Grumpy. Cucking Falamity!

Thus it came that George (a 5* guest), Oor Willie and the said 90 ish year old were finally forced to follow Trailer Man Bill, inhaling dust & diesel fumes at a frustratingly leisurely pace.

Crosshouse, Dundonald and other South Ayrshire towns were visited, although which & in which order I know not (couldn’t (see thru the dust off the said trailer). Great relief, finally arrived at our destination. A number of wimps who went direct to Troon were spread out in the sun, sipping champers & the lower class ones prosecco & beer..DSC01552

That evening we had a pleasant dinner, but apparently no coffee or tea in Troon. Johnny went on & on & on about his favourite subject-  marking or more accurately, lack of it. Waste of time, really. Also gave us a summary of the next day’s events, particularly visting a emporium with loads of classic bikes, for which offers were sought. To my knowledge, in vain.. Group for Web

So next day by Tarbolton, Mauchline, Galston, Moscow, Sorn, Stair and Waterfoot to Neilston to fuel up.

Neilston is famous for allowing Johnny to shower there once a month in the Swimming Complex, as he still only has an outside toilet at home.

It is also famous for an incident, when a friend, who lived right opposite the Co-op, phoned the Police as boys were breaking into it. Sure enuff, the  cops arrived and the boys terrified the cops who took shelter in their car while the boys used its roof as a trampoline. Enterprising, don’t u think?

Only 5 minutes later we arrived at Caldwell Golf Club for lunch. Sun still beating down & a lovely setting, about 5 minutes walk from the WSVMCC Club House.At Caldwell 1At Caldwell 2

A great run in the afternoon, going by Howood, Kilmacolm, Greenock and the overland & hilly road to Largs, passing Loch Thom. As it was boiling hot, Johnny decided we drive thru Largs, it was fair busy, and head for home by the coast. 

All well until—- wait for it— you’ve guessed it, a cock up in marking. Police have informed us that a cadaver of a very elderly man was found near a white Kawasaki at a roundabout between Irvine and Ayr. It seemed he had expired as a result of heat exhaustion & dehydration. On further investigation, it transpired that a doddery old a man, on a yellow BMW GS had been clocked doing 85 mph as he passed the incumbent figure while waiving 2 fingers in the air.. We will advise the funeral arrangements in early course.

While the remaining bikers toasted “absent friends”, in the sun, George & Jack were conspiring again. The evening proceedings went well, except more people arrived for dinner than had booked. Both Johnny & George gave very good account of themselves, with Johnny reciting a very “unusual” Burns poem. JG was presented with an Octogenarian gift, by President Jack of Ulster 30, as a Challenge, hick. This to go along with the stabiliser presented by John Mitchell, to ensure he didn’t fall off his bike (it has the opposite effect.)DSC01549

A great night, really enjoyed the company of all. Good to see Catriona McGugan joining us, as well as her great friend, the Honorable Sheena. Sore heads in the morning, of course.

DSC01681The majority set off at 10am to catch the 3.30 pm Ferry. Went via Straiton, over the moor road, ignoring the “Road Closed” signs, via New Galloway to Creebridge House Hotel in Newton Stewart. Lunch, as usual very good there and a quick burst to Cairnryan thereafter. Home safe and sound.

Thanks to the organisers, you had a stressful time-  some folk don’t understand the amount of effort and time spent trying to please the masses. A great job done- THANK YOU.

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1st 2018 Sunday Run 29th April

Well- that was a long, long wait, sure it was!

So meeting at The Lost Keys in Irvine @ The Maritime Museum Cafe. A favourite spot.DSC01442

A good turnout, as can be seen, with Knee-pads Ian being in charge for the day. Well warned by John G not to go too fast–  –as if! Good Boy.

We even had a Member join us from overseas- seems to like chips-  a lot. (not   on the menu in Cumbrae). they’re all veggies.DSC01451

Off we set- not even warned about the BLOODY POTHOLES- ya Bass!. Real humdingers they were.

I know we went by Girvan, Barr, Pinwherry & Colmonel and then finished up at the Garden Centre in Ballantrae for a a late lunch.DSC01456DSC01453DSC01455 By the time we got to the stop in Girvan, certain posteriors were crying out for respite- could be these potholes.

Nice weather most of the time. Even Girvan looked attractive! There was a certain split up of riders on leaving Ballantrae, Johnny going to check some routes for the Spring Run, while some went home direct or via Newton Stewart.

Rider of the Day was Elliot Ness, who was impressive on his old Triumph.DSC01460DSC01444Girvan Car Park