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California Dreamin'
Thu 2nd Jan 2003
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 19
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First run of 2003 was Mino and Gavin's "Californie here we come" (sic), held on 2nd January. 19 5's turned up at Newbridge for a 10.30 start on a miserable, cold, rainy day, including at least one which had made the three hour trip from Aberdeen especially to join the run.

The run, intended to be a relatively short 88 miler around West Lothian, consisted of back roads which fell firmly into the "they'll be nice when they're finished" category: whatever the Road Fund Licence is spent on, it's not these roads and the experience began to feel more like an off road trip in places, but never more than even the most cosseted car could reasonably handle.

The rain  fell all day and we stayed roof up. As we gained height towards the television mast at Blackhill, snow was covering the road. In one moment of petulance, Alan's car  refused to turn a corner and ended up in a ditch. Absolutely no damage was done other than to pride and it was a simple job to get it back on the road, but we decided to turn back rather than to continue along this particular  road.

Unfortunately, the detour meant we didn't get to California, a small village, but no one minded. Lunch was taken in Linlithgow where we overstayed while we chatted and lifted the odd bonnet.

After lunch we headed back into the hills. The roads were noticably smoother and the water splashes were great fun after lunch. We arrived back at Newbridge where we said quick goodbyes and went our separate ways.


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