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Mystery Run
Sun 19th Sep 2004
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 12
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Mystery Run, what Mystery Run, strange how a run title can evolve from nothing. Back in January when we held our planning meeting, with the exception of September most of the runs had an organiser and title pencilled in, but wait, remember Behnam said he would like to organise a run this year, problem solved, what about a title, well in his absence and seeing as we had no idea where he wanted to lead us to, lets just scribble down mystery run for now. The rest as they say, along with the hype is history.

Eight cars from the east met up at Newbridge where before setting off a warm welcome was extended to our latest members Lorraine and Stewart, in their superb sparkly red Euphonic. Down the A71 and A70 through the two C's Carnwath and Carstairs finally reaching the M74 for one short stretch to Abington.
Three cars from the West plus Di and Mike from Blairgowrie were waiting to greet the Eastern convoy and after the lunch orders were taken we were off and running. We followed Behnam, our Crystal Blue leader for the day back onto the M74 and south for eighteen miles of somewhat tedious driving. Getting off the motorway at the A701 for Dumfries, then onto the B7020. Now the run begins in earnest as we wind our way through little quaint and sleepy Dumfrieshire villages: - Templand, Dalton, Carutherstown and Clarencefield before stopping at Caerlaverock Castle for a breather. When recceing this run, Behnam and Mino had arranged with Historic Scotland for us to park the cars in a prime position, which made for some spectacular pictures with the moated fortress as a background, this we all did under the watchful eye of the Castle Warden.
Lunch followed shortly after, 3.7 miles in fact, at the excellent Nith Hotel on the banks of the Nith estuary in Glencaple. Christine in her finest tradition sold raffle tickets and the prizes were duly handed out, it was comforting to see our new members winning a prize, as this always helps them decide if they would like to come back again.
Back on the road, we then retraced our steps towards Dumfries but taking a detour from the planned route, which would have led us through the southern part of Dumfries town centre and many sets of traffic lights. On the way to Lockerbie Don & Liz branched off to head home followed not long after by Lorraine & Stewart and Willie & Gill. By now the weather, which had been kind to us all day took a turn for the worse, so after turning off onto the Eskdalemuir road we decided that a stop at the Samye-Ling Tibetan Centre would be an appropriate place to put the hoods up.
Since we were there it was suggested we should pay a visit to the temple, shoes were left on a rack by the huge doors and we entered to be spellbound by both the d?cor and the serenity of this place of worship.
Suitably inspired and humbled we pulled the hoods up and set off on the narrow B709 to Ettrick. Not long after it was time for Jim & Yvonne and myself to bid farewell to the East contingent and turn back along the horrible A708 to Moffat and the West, leaving the Edinburgh bound cars to make their way home through Innerleithen.

Many thanks to Behnam and Mino for organising this run, a long day and a long run, for some 250 miles or more, however this is an area we should return to some day, if only for the quiet roads and peaceful villages. 
Only one mystery left now.. where will the next one be Behnam!!


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19th Sep 2004 16:45 :: Douglas
Thanks Behnam for an interesting day, great food at the Nith Hotel.Jim and I made our way back along that horrible A708 Moffat road, poor yvonne never got to sleep for all the bumps.

20th Sep 2004 15:51 :: Gavin
Yes Behnam, and Mino, thanks for a good twisties mystery run. Good to see the B709 included. My favourite

20th Sep 2004 16:49 :: Don
Hi Benham,
Thanks for an enjoyable mystery run and a great lunch.

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