Well not exactly, and NO you don’t want to do that,- but the title of Geoff Hill’s talk and slideshow on Saturday at the BOOKMARK festival!
A good weekend was had by all, although a bit showery on the way up over the Lecht and again for the last 20 miles to Thurso. The Royal Hotel was a fine place to stay as long as you could remember your way about….a labyrinth indeed. For £35 a night it was fine and we all could stay in the same place. Saturday was dry and the run to Ullapool was good, although one of us stopped at Durness as his back tyre was knackered. (should have changed it before we left….) Some beach walks were had instead, more relaxing than a blast for 200 miles. A good curry to finish the day and of course a few beers to wash it down, and we even got a complimentary round from the proprietors!
A good run home on sunday in superb weather, but some delays at Tomintoul on the way back thanks to a cycle event closing the Lecht.
Yes we’re almost ready to go! Meet in the Wellmeadow at 12.00 on Friday 25th for the run up to Thurso via Glenshee and the Lecht. if you haven’t booked into the Royal Hotel in Thurso yet you’d better sort yourself out, or camp. Saturday run round to Ullapool and back, then home on Sunday.
Then next is the BOOKMARK weekend when Geoff Hill will be giving his talk on Saturday 3rd October, so get your tickets if you haven’t done so already. It’ll be interesting , tales of his trips in Australia, and round the world, with slides. Talk starts 11.45am and admission is £6
Tickets from Bookmarkblair.com or the Library in Blair, or on the door.
We’ve decided to change our regular Tuesday night meeting place from the Stormont Arms to No 31, the pub in the Wellmeadow in Blairgowrie. There’s parking space for the bikes outside,usually quiet on a Tuesday night, and it’s almost where we meet for runs anyway, just as you turn in to the road at the top of the Wellmeadow.
This will take effect from now, so don’t go to the Stormont next Tuesday please. No31 is run by the same company as the Red House in Coupar Angus, so I’m sure we’ll have no problems there. Tell everyone who might not see this please too.
Also we had a picture in the Blairie this week presenting the £500 cheque to the Scottish Air Ambulance, and remember the Geoff Hill talk at the BOOKMARK festival on Saturday 3rd October. It’s 11.45 in the morning, for 45 min, so get you tickets now! Only £6. Just go to www.bookmarkblair.com and you can buy online.
And don’t miss our Roon the Tap run at the end of the month Fri/Sat/Sun 25th, 26th and 27th. Run to Thurso on Friday afternoon and B&B, then a run on the Saturday to Ullapool and back, B&B again and a night on the town, home Sunday.
see you there!
We met up on Wednesday afternoon to take the £500 cheque to the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance office in Scone Airport. We’d agreed the donation at the AGM for their Charity bike run back in May , but with it being postponed it’s taken a while to get round to it!
Five of us were there and the sun was out – perfect. The air ambulance girls showed us the helicopter and we had a blether . It does cost a lot to keep it running, so our £500 won’t go far, but it all helps as they don’t get any government funding at all.
We’re going to go to the re-opened Hungry Highlander in Braemar next Tuesday, the 25th August, so be in the Wellmeadow for 7pm if you want to come. This could be your last chance for a chippy run and by the end of September it’ll be nearly dark time again
There was a Sunday Run last weekend to Glen Coe with a lunch stop at the Kingshouse Hotel then a flee up to Aviemore and back over the Lecht. The heather’s looking good up there now, so if you want to see purple hills go along Deeside and up the Lecht.
The Thunder in the Glen Harley rally’s on in Aviemore from Fri 28th, so that’s a good excuse to avoid the A9 and enjoy good roads (while passing a few Harleys no doubt on the way) – but watch out for quick Sportsters! I might be on the road somewhere!
Latest news for your diary next year – Tomintoul bike weekend in early July will be featuring great music again, only better than this year! We think the BAD MCC should treat it as our main event to support as we won’t be doing a rally next year. More news later about the star performers……
We’ll be presenting the cheque from the run to the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee on Tuesday 30th June. Meet at the Wellmeadow at 6.30 or turn up at Maggie’s for 7.00.