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Pub Meet - Dores Run
Sun 3rd Nov 2013
organised by Highland Scotland

Car Count : 8
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Hi 5s in Winter Training (Homework submitted by Doug)

Dawn - grey and windy but it was dry and the threat of a blue sky was up there, albeit in wee bits! The usual suspects arrived in good time, Phil, Wendy, Jimmy and Jill, Doug plus Peter and Patti on their first run with us. The top up / down ratio at 3:2, then FAB arrived, its traditional now. Top up / down ratio now amended to 1:5 -  Patti forgot her hat.
After Wendy telling us of some guy coming round the roundabout at the A9 the wrong way, no really !, FAB led us off on a route containing 10 roundabouts, quite a start to the run !
First stop after only 20 minutes was the Dores Inn on the shores of Loch Ness which was looking a bit grey, cold and angry but inside the Inn we had our first serious carbohydrate choice of the day, everything with bacon no contest.
Onwards to Inverfarigaig trying out a couple of laybys for a photo shoot but the vegetation did its best to hide any view of the Loch and the monster. Left up the hill to Errogie through the autumn colours on the trees and taking it easy on the right foot because of the autumn leaves on the road. At Farr we turned right following a single track for Tomatin. Standing water led to a couple of wet passengers, nice one Frankie, and at times we looked like a convoy of steam driven MXs making our way through some quite deep pools. A great drive led to a short section on the A9 turning off at Moy and following  more single track roads all the way to Nairn.
Another menu choice at the Newton was dealt with as if breakfast had never happened when we were joined by Ralph, Dave and Val, Greg and Jean. An enthusiastic meeting followed and we finally wound up at 16.45 to head our separate ways home. A great day with a couple of new roads checked out and a couple of happy new members. This  second breakfast idea might just catch on !

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3rd Nov 2013 19:38 :: Doug McDonald
I hope this second breakfast thing catches on ! A good run on a couple of new roads to me, thanks FAB

3rd Nov 2013 20:23 :: Phil Marley
You can't have too many bacon butties on a sunday morning :)
The route from Farr to Tomatin was new roads for me as well.  I will have to revisit these when it is a bit drier.
Thanks to FAB from me too.

3rd Nov 2013 21:10 :: wendy
Hi guys a great run and good company as always and food glorious food we should be renamed the Oliver Club

3rd Nov 2013 21:46 :: Frankie
Gold star to the boy with the homework handed in early! Well done Doug!

Grand roads, lovely food and as always great company, thank you all!

15th Nov 2013 00:59 :: liathach
The road from Farr to Garbole used to be coloured white on the OS map and was gated at the Garbole end.  Presumably it has been upgraded a bit and is no longer gated?

15th Nov 2013 09:27 :: Frankie
There is still a gate there, but there is also a cattle-grid beside it to avoid having to stop to open and close the gate. Great wee road, wee being the operative word, they don't come much narrower do they!

15th Nov 2013 19:23 :: liathach
Frankie, thanks for the update about Garbole.  I think it may have been a private road in the dim and distant as it was used as a special stage on a rally (possibly the Scottish) many years ago.  Now being coloured yellow on the OS map, it would infer it had been adopted by HCC. Haven't been over it for years but I will make a point of using it next year sometime!

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