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Dumfries W/E with Tyne Tees
Sat 27th Mar 2004 to Sun 28th Mar 2004
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 12
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Dumfries Chill-Out Run, that?s what I nearly titled the route notes. After being involved in the last two Tyne Tees get togethers and bearing in mind last years was a bit of a rush, I made up my mind this was to be a relaxed affair.

We made our way through Mauchline and New Cumnock arriving at Thornhill to find the five-car Tyne Tees group parked up and waiting. Graeme and Christine arrived shortly after us coming from the east.

Due to the absence of Colin and Hazel the new joint co-ordinators Jenny and Jim were doing a great job in what was to be their first solo co-ords event. The roads down to Balmaclellan were so bumpy and twisty I had to remind myself that our English guests were not long after a Scottish breakfast.

Onwards across the Fleet valley, which apart from the odd sheep and a Range Rover that was scared to get his tyres dirty, was traversed in a relaxed manner. Creetown Gem Rock Museum was our first extended stop, a look round the museum for some, whilst others stayed outside and discussed engine bay topics with a Museum staff member, who in a past life was a Mazda trained rotary engine mechanic.

After a somewhat over cooked lunch due to us being late, we had two raffles, the first one started when Jenny took her hat to Sandy and said ?car keys in the hat please? The look on his face was a picture or perhaps he thought it was his lucky day. All the keys were in the hat and the barman drew out Phil?s for the bottle of whisky. Christine had our usual raffle and quite aptly Jenny won a Mx5 tartan scarf.

After lunch we toured the David Coulthard Museum, a relatively small building jam packed with cars and trophies collected by D.C.?s father over the years. The convoy down to eleven cars now, sped on to Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie, then at Cargenbridge, after 102 relaxed miles, the run ended.

I had heard so much about the Ill Fluma Italian Restaurant in Dumfries so now had an opportunity to try it. It did not disappoint, the food was excellent and the atmosphere great. Then a walk back to the hotel where we were suitably entertained by the resident two piece band. Our very own Sandy was invited to join in and he upped the tempo with some good old rock & roll.

Sunday after breakfast it was a run back along the A75 to Castle Douglas, a look around Carlingwark Loch before we said our farewells to the Tyne Teesers who headed back south,

Time to reflect on what has been a fantastic weekend on good and almost totally quiet roads. The hoods were only put up at night, the company was exceptional and our bond with the Tyne Tees region can only have been strengthened. Chill we most certainly did.


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