Sam’s Old Bike Run Sunday 22nd July 2018

Not many old bikes, admittedly, but plenty of old guys to appreciate them.DSC02105DSC02106DSC02108

A couple of Triumphs, a Panther 350, an Old Harley with slider forks and all the leather accessories, and a stationery BSA Lightning. (not that unusual)DSC02112

I tell you, they went great and the roads chosen by Sam brought out the best of exhaust notes. The slight whiff of burning oil (Sam was shifting), just added to the ambienceDSC02095

Topographically, I can tell you we met at The Lost Keys in Irvine, I also saw Stewarton and Tarbolton as I passed but in which order I know not. Believe or otherwise, quite a lot of the roads were not full of potholes.

We lunched at Gemmells, which was fine & had a great laff with one of the waitressesDSC02098DSC02100DSC02103

From there we headed to Sam & Liz’s new abode in the middle of nowhere, as Liz had prepared a wee T. Great place, with dogs, chickens and farming smells

I think I noted a drop of oil under Sam’s Triumph, surely NOT!! And are you SURE it’s the right colour?

Thanks for the grand day out, Sam. Really enjoyable.

Midweek Run and Caption Competition 18th July 2018

After an unusual start to the day, RAIN, yes rain, we gathered at Milton for our foray of the day.DSC02070

By then, glorious sunshine, and off to Tarbert for our C & etc. Sitting outside, we knew we’d have a cracker of a day.

So it turned out. Up to Crianlarich, past the Green Welly and via Dalmally, Taynuilt to Poppies near Connel.DSC02073 Fab location as you know- and so is the grub.DSC02077DSC02076

Eoghainn joined us for the run back to Inveraray (roads were remarkably clear, but many roadworks) This helped us pass the traffic at the lights & give a significant % of traffic free travel- and did we make the most of it!

Brambles in Inveraray beckoned.DSC02092  



Much enjoyment there. Johnny is always capable of getting us wetting ourselves, as can be seen.DSC02085DSC02088DSC02086

We, other than Grumpy, went home via THe Loch.

With regard to the special foto of Johnny at his ablutions; it’s been decided that a compeition be held for the best caption for it. The Winner will be selected by Johnny himself, and the Club will subsidise the Winner’s lunch to a max of £10.

The winning caption will be announced in The London Times on Monday next.DSC02079DSC02094DSC02082DSC02078


Double Trouble Thurs 5th & Sunday 8th June 2018

Combined the 2 stories, as roughly the same directions.

This is Thursday. First in trouble was Sam. He who now lives in the middle of nowhere was a no-show (not for the first time), in a week.

A very brave clegg got him, so he couldn’t ride his bike. He assures me his bum is alright, but u never know, & I’m not about to investigate

At about the same time, the bold Ron Gow messed up his departure from Dalmellington Road Lay-by near Ayr, and Johnny advises he’s not been seen since. Rumours of him being lost in a cave in Thailand, I’m sure are exaggerated.DSC01984DSC01996DSC02002

The rest of the story is a bit boring because your writer was missing. All I’ve heard since is about eating & eating & sweating- so I’ll divert to Sundays Run.

Much better. Met at ASDA B’riggs, so no farting about in pissy roads near East Kilbride, Hamilton, M’well etc as at the last attempt. Had brekkers at Gouldings in the Clyde Valley without losing anyone (as in MY day)DSC02006DSC02007

Johnny led thereafter without losing anyone- a great run at “modest speeds” via Abington, Dalveen Pass (by passed Thornhill), to Moniaive.DSC02008 Pub was shut, so off to New Galloway to The Smiddy.DSC02014

A good place to lunch (mind well past 3 O’Clock by the time we finished). One (me) left to go home, the rest went via Newton Stewart, where 3 dived off home. The hardy annuals headed for the isle of Whithorn,DSC02027

Regarding the name of the pub- as far as I’m concerned it’s well past it;s sell-by date

Port William (for eats) & via Stranraer to home. ETA 9.45pm. Grumpy, who is about to reach his 80th Birthday, managed 280 miles. One knackered stupid super-hero, ya Bass!DSC02011DSC02020P1050069