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Galloway Forest Run
Fri 28th Mar 2003
organised by Central Scotland

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It?s always good to see old friends and that?s what the Tyne Tees region have become. 22 cars met at Monkton Lodge for a trip around the Ayrshire coast. Tyne Tees were up for their now customary weekend in Scotland, some wearing their not so customary tartan Viking hats (some manufacturer has a Hollywood sense of history).

The route took us past Rabbie Burns? cottage and Brig O?Doon before continuing on surprisingly empty and sunny roads past Turnberry with Ailsa Craig in the distance.

Electric Brae looks downhill and feels downhill, but take your foot off the accelerator and the car slows down. Eventually, it will begin to roll uphill. It?s an optical illusion and the brae was named Electric Brae because it was thought that things rolling ?uphill? was caused by electric or magnetic phenomenon. Whatever the cause, it?s a very bizarre experience.

Most of us stopped for a break and the odd ice cream, while 3 cars sped on, missing the stop. We met again at lunch. Raffle prizes drawn, we said our goodbyes as the Edinburgh contingent would be splitting a few miles down the road, while the rest continued north.

The route from St Johns Town of Dalry to Moniaive that our 3 cars took is worth of a run in itself. It went over the moors and was like a real life PlayStation game, dipping, rising, twisting, turning and feeling like full on driving yet never getting above 45mph. A wonderful end to a terrific day.


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