Summer- just & good grub—-However —-Tuesday 10th August 2021

Hi

We met in a theoretically dry day forecast 

However, we were all sceptics & favoured covered leathers, or full Monties- just as well!

Met at Waitrose Newton Mearns as can be seen. Also seen is Richards almost new KTM 1301 Twin. Lovely bike with good looking panniers, if the rider is not so glam. Sorry- you’ll pass muster.

Johnny, as usual set off South on varied but enjoyable roads. We went via Galston and avoided the M77 to end up, eventually at Clatteringshaws on the way to Newton Stewart- for lunch outside.

As we dismounted, we (sharp as tacks) noticed that the fab KTM was missing, as was the rider. After a couple of panic phone calls, Richard responded that he would join us, but had had “a wee incident”

So us caring folks hoofed it for lunch, and, sure enuff, in due course a wounded Richard limped towards us, and undeterred ate his lunch, like a good boy. We sought some Gaffa tape from the cafe, who obliged and wound yards of the stuff round his right leg and boot to keep the material together. His under garments, leather, I believe, saved him from serious damage..

The bike, unfortunately not so pretty now, but repairable. Richard has been checked out and is OK, essentially. Speedy recovery & return.

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Feeding Frenzy Sunday 27th June 2021

Now you should all be familiar with the structure of these posts. Some scenery, some bikes and bikers, but most of all, the amount that our Members can consume.

Of course, we have had a good & consistent teacher, namely Grumpy. Although, today, he was more restrained than normal. he’s seeing his Doctor tomorrow to check all is Hunky Dory.

Delighted when 11 turned up at Milton. There must have been hunners of bikers out- such a glorious day. The only real downside were all these bloody cars and most of all Camper Vans. An abomination

We travelled for breakfast at Caulders near Balloch & then a great run over the Duke’s Pass to Killin, where we stopped for a break.

The run from Killin to Kenmore is a dream, loads of tourists there. Then the short jump to Aberfeldy, again, a great road.

Lunch was booked at The Fountain, outside, and it was perfect. really nice staff. and great food

An overload of orgasmic roads. After fuelling, the road to Crieff was not busy and, given the weather, very enjoyable. all of us on the same wavelength speed-wise, so no stragglers.

Stopped at our usual Tullybannocher, sitting outside, some prostrate on the grass, idyllic!

We were aware that as we would get near Callander the traffic might be “challenging” And so it transpired. Some of us risked overtaking the virtually static traffic queue, others, wimps, took the sensible alternative to return via The Trossachs. Altogether, one of the best runs indeed.

North West Passage Oban 13th June 2021

Since we anticipated heavy traffic we met at 9.30 at Dumbuck. Some 10 of us, with Paul, a new addition, in his splendid BMW. We were joined for a few minutes by Arthur McKay, who seemingly has mini strokes now and again, and certainly before he parked up his bike to meet us! He’s a great guy and a Real Member. Go to it young man!

So off to Arrochar for an outdoor breakfast, and up The Rest to Inveraray for a comfort stop. We seemingly booked Poppies, but our local yokel, Eoghain, warned that they didn’t take bookings.

So we had a great run towards Oban, but sure enuff, Poppies had honoured the booking and we had a splendid lunch with fab views. Seafood is their strong point.

So off to Oban, absolutely heaving; fuelled up, and a fab run to Lochgilphead, with the forecast rain coming to nothing. Certain parties had prayed that Johnny would stop there and “gie us a brek”, but no, we had to suffer all the way to inveraray.

There, thank Goodness, ice creams and cool water enabled recovery. Here we met Ronnie McLeod, in his motor, but he threatened to join us at Sheila’s Diner just short of Dunoon. This is where we headed to, other than John, who took up the challenge of overtaking 3000+ cars going down the A82.

The bulk (well named) then took the ferry back to the Mainland.

Normandy Sunday 2021

A much more enjoyable event than for those who sacrificed their lives & well being for our benefit. Rest in Peace.

We met at ASDA Bishopbriggs with Brunch booked and in mind, at Bridge 49, near Linlithgow. David, our latest Member joined us with his very smart & shiny Enfield 650. Very nice too.

John flew ahead to Br 49 as we were running late & tables were in great demand.

The journey was fine, good country roads. From the pics, you’ll appreciate why Br 49 is so popular PLUS the food is first class.

Then we went North & veered off for the Clackmannan Crossing over the Forth. After a short but enjoyable run to Glendevon where we stopped for Grumpy’s Ass to restart circulation and take pics.

A fab run then via Glendevon itself, Gleneagles, then by a devious route to the outskirts of Crieff and finally to Tullybannocher Cafe where our Fat Controller re-united with his favourite Chuff-Chuff.

Out in the fresh and warm air- absolutely magic. A number of older motorcycles were parked there, a couple of BSAs and a Pre-unit Triumph. The one that caught the eye was the BSA M9 with what appeared to be a coffin sidecar. But it was rather a posh box, which would easily convert for the afore-mentioned purpose. It was absolutely mint..

“Johnny drive madly” then took over to Lochearnhead. This left a couple well behind, but the caring JG waited for what seemed forever, for the stragglers to catch him up. So having done his duty he fair enjoyed himself catching Johnny et all just at Kilmahog, where we waited patiently for Elliot & Grumpy to join us. But no, Blind Pew decided to ignore us, so we just went viaThe Trossachs to Aberfoyle. From there ,home sweet home.

What a FAB DAY.

Selkirk Sortie Sunday 30th May 2021

A long awaited Sunday Run. Circulated info but poor response. Perhaps more warning required for some.

We met at Clyde Valley, Valley View, for breakfast. Great weather as can be seen. Goodish turnout, with Ron still to join.

Ian turned up with 4 wheels. We thought his exciting riding had caught up with him. But “NO” Fed up with BMW not sorting out his forever flashing BMW RRRR, he decided to throw it back at them. So fed up with the dealer he decided to donate them a handsome profit by buying a new BMW M500ish 4.5 litre flying machine.

It pays to piss your customers off, or so it seems. A fab car and hopefully Ian will get a lot of pleasure from it. By the way, it was Happy Birthday on Sunday, so Ian could not travel with us.

The rest of us poor people, travelled via Biggar, where we picked up Ron. Then, via Broughton, Peebles to Selkirk, where we stopped just West of it for Lunch .

The food was excellent as was the service, location and the roads. We finally forced ourselves to head for Tibie Shiels direction, with some apprehension, seeing all these daft bikers passing our lunch stop. There were hunners of them at Tibie Shiels with half Southern Scotland’s population there and along St Mary’s Loch. Then it was a matter of not killing sheep on the way to Moffat. There we stopped for T and Tiffins before heading home.

It was a relief to have our ace photographer with us, Grumpy, with a face resembling an aged Chorus Girl’s —–y. Needs must and replacement amateurs have all felt the lash in his tongue!

Great day out. Nice to get back together again on a proper weekend run.

 

Fffffffing Friday (4th) 14-May 2021

OK. Weekend Members miss out. But did you see the forecast post Friday?

As it happens it was still pretty cold although forecast favourable.

It seems some are not receiving the email Bobbie sent out re this Run. let us know if you are aware of any.

We met at Clyde Valley, and again, Johnny worked out a fab route to Thornhill, which included the Dalveen Pass- ya Bass

Met Drew without his crew for a splendid lunch. We then followed the local yokel (Drew) again through fab if challenging roads to St. Johns of  Dalry for fuel.

Old fart John decided to head home at this stage. The other idiots (who hadn’t checked the forecast for the South West, decided to head for more eats at New Galloway. Doom and gloom. It pissed relentlessly thereafter. My heart pumped piss for them! Really.

VERY enjoyable. The route back towards Ayr is great. The M77 not so much.

 

What a View! Friday 30th April 2021

This was the 3rd Friday in a row attached to a great weather forecast- weren’t we lucky?

On balance yes- but it was Baltic. Battery operated socks and under gilet notwithstanding- did I mention it was Baltic?

Met at Milton for a change and were pleased to see Aly & Fiona there.

The five of us headed for Arrochar to meet Ronnie and Angus. Unfortunately, the Hallowed Institution of Tarbet Cafe is now no more (Betty, who owned the old Post Office & the Cafe is now in a care home)- those were the days, my friend—

In Arrochar is the Pit Stop. Nice enough people but outside eating—- did I mention it was freezing?

Off then via the Rest, open with Traffic Lights- how is Scotland supposed tp pay for this never-ending financial hole, alongside 2 Ferries & Prestwick Airport? I ask you.

Lovely run via Strachur to just short of Colintraive and up to the magic viewpoint overlooking the 3 Lochs. Fab Views

After much oohs and aahs, we turned back & headed for the Colintraive Hotel for lunch. Despite all the regulations, they made us very welcome, gave us a room to ourselves, and provided an excellent lunch. Must visit there again and again?Photos by J.G – Bobbie & Google.

With Bobbie leading, off through the hills and valleys to Dunoon and Western Ferries. Fairly quiet, but you should have seen the cars waiting to go the other way, this being a Holiday Weekend.

Most went home via the Southern route. Your writer thru Greenock etc. Solid traffic from Airport East all the way to the M80. Dodging thru the traffic, always has it’s perils.

A grand day out.

NOW- Club Meeting on Monday in Uplawmoor Church Car Park. Be there, despite shitty forecast.

 

Freedom 16th and 23rd April 2021

Quote- It’s not the end, nor is it the beginning of the end, rather it is the end of the beginning.

Yahoo- we finally got out Officially- no mention of others- what others?

On the first of these Fridays, JG had worked out a route almost sans traffic for most of the way. 

Starting in ASDA B’riggs, over the Campsies, Kippen, Thornhill and Doune. In Doune, the main hotel was closed but had left out the tables & benches for our benefit.

So we sat in the sun having a chat as one does, watching a dog going through it’s paces- stupid mutt.

Then via Cromlix House to Braco and the long winding road to Cultybraggan, but Horrors of Horrors, our special outdoor loo was being restored to its former use, a tin can. So, on to Crieff and lo and behold, the loo was open with running water as well as piss!

So again we were favoured by the Gods, Tullybannocher shed was closed but benches were left out for us. They even had a wooden train for our Fat Controller to play with. Sunshine and motorbikes whizzing past- ahh, just like the good old days!

Johnny then took over and ever so gently led us to Lochearnhead and Callander. He & Bobby went over the Duke’s Pass and then home.

Have to say, we were amazed at the lack of traffic, given it was the first day of a significant reduction in restrictions. Roll on next Friday

 

Friday 23rd April.

Again, Members of the Club were noted for their absence. No MOTs, even for the bikes. What a shower!

However, so much the better, as it turned out. We met Bobbie en route to Galston (he had a Covid Test). Johnny then took us on a most fabulous route, some 50 plus miles to Straiton. Wonderfull roads- WELL DONE YOU.

We met the real bikers then, Drew’s Crew and had a splendid lunch in the field behind the pub, in the very hot sunshine. John even switched off the batteries in his socks and gilet!

Loadsa chat and updated stories, some good, some not so good. We’re getting older, and it shows, unfortunately. We need fresh blood or certainly a doze of Viagra!

Nevertheless, an exciting journey to Newton Stewart for more coffee & eats and sunshine. Loads of it. Suitable seating left out for us again. We split there & the Northeners went home via New Galloway and back roads till 10 miles short of Glasgow. Traffic there was as per pre Covid- no change- who is working from home?

So far, no progress re getting use of our Clubhouse yet. Johnny is going to try to persuade them to let us meet outside if we can get access to the kitchen and loo. You will be advised

Next run, we’ll advertise properly. Please turn up & keep the Club running- ie., fingers out.

PS

Meeting at Church Uplawmoor. Car park only. Wee before you leave home.

Covid Inspired Run 20th Sept 2020

First of all- my error, noticed by Die Dachen (Mrs G). Michael Fish, not Malcolm Fish or thereby.

Again, weather NOT as advised by BBC. Poor Fiona  & Aly in leather trousers as no rain in Helensburgh when they left. Not so in Glasgow area, but not throwing it down

Johnny led from Newton Mearns, via the old A77, to Kilmarnock & then (no choice) M77 to South of Ayr.. Turned towards Dalmellington, then the fabulous Road to Carsphairn. Cafe closed so off to Moniaive to Thornhill for lunch.

More climaxes as we went via the Dalveen Pass to Abington for fuel & thence to the Clyde Valley via great roads, and to Gouldings new place, Valley View. Great atmosphere & food AND Company. Again we missed Sorearse at the last loop as his BMW 1000 RRRR has a plank for a seat. He, hopefully, has finally ordered some Gel Pants

Difficult times, but you can, with a bit of effort & discipline get to enjoy yourself.A few Dalveen Pass photos.

 

Covid 19 Run 15th September 2020

This was supposed to take place in VERY sunny weather, as forecast even as late as the day before.

As luck had it, Malcolm Fisher returned from his retirement to put the mockers on it.

It was fair stotting when rising and no sooner had the writer taken his waterproofs out, the bold Johnny rang to inform he had a number of call-offs and the Run was cancelled. I replied that there might be tougher members waiting and we would have to turn up in case there were such idiots.

Sure enff, one had travelled some 200 miles to be there (Kenny Hair,) and Dave McDonald and his colleague Ron were also present.

We gave our apologies and buggered off- no we didn’t!

We felt it would be useful to see how we got on in the cafe under the new Covid restrictions. The Staff were up to speed, and confirmed, 2 max to each table as a Group & sit well apart. As can be seen, this worked out fine-  although, if there were 20 of us we would take up the whole place, which we did, in any case.

The 2 Car drivers (Johns) returned to the bosoms of their families, and the others, I understand, just farted about.

Provisionally, next Run, Sunday 20th Sept. Keep a look out