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Mino's Fife & Trossachs Run
Sun 13th Mar 2005
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 17
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Auchentool to Auchtermuchty with lunch at Auchterarder...and that was just some of the strangely named towns and villages we passed through.
Mino has a penchant for organising interesting Runs and this one was no exception.

Fourteen Cars met up at the Corus hotel in North Queensferry and were to be joined en-route by another three.
Not long after setting off our convoy was split in two mainly due to other traffic, this meant unfortunately and unfairly that Colin and Gail, who happened to be on their first Run, ended up leading the second convoy, some older hands however soon took over and after a misunderstanding with the route the second convoy ended up ahead of the first, after a quick phone call we all met up again at Powmill. One of the problems with Runs at this time of year is that local councils have a habit of spending what's left of the current years budget on road repairs, hence the reason we had to cancel that part of the route which would have taken us over the fantastic Sherriffmuir to Dunblane road, a quick detour down the A9 with a brief stop at Dunblane meant we were soon back on track and once again crossing one of my favorite roads, the B827 Braco to Comrie.
An enjoyable Carvery lunch at the Glendevon Hotel in Auchterarder was followed by the customary raffle, then a strange occurrence in the car park, instead of the usual bonnets being lifted, Richard and Mino were spotted discussing the technicalities of boots and bootlids, could this be a new trend!!
After lunch it was on with the route and to the part much talked about and otherwise known as Mino's surprise, an optional special stage through the Pitmeddan Forest Drive, by the way... did I say Mino's Runs were interesting, if you could have seen the look on the faces of the Sunday walkers as twelve or so cars passed by, it was priceless. We did our best to avoid the potholes and ice but the downhill section over the wet terrain was most interesting.
After a regroup at Falkland we were soon heading over the hill to Leslie, a road we last did in the dark November 2001.
Weaving in and out of junctions and villages we soon arrived at our finnishing point at Duloch Leisure Park near Dunfermline, where we bid our farewells.

A long but enjoyable day, many thanks to Mino for organising the Run and good to see some new faces on their first Central Scotland event.



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14th Mar 2005 14:57 :: Douglas
An interesting, though long and tiring day yesterday.
Thanks Mino for your hard work in organising the run, hope everyone enjoyed the surprise forest stage.

14th Mar 2005 17:37 :: Kevham
I thoroughly enjoyed the day - especially the afternoon run back to Dunfermline.  Good to meet everyone too.

14th Mar 2005 19:17 :: Dot and Chas
A great day out ,plenty fresh air!(even it if did get a bit cold later on!)It was good to get some top down driving done .Thanks to Mino for the organisation.

14th Mar 2005 21:14 :: Iain
Yes I really enjoyed the 200 miles today, blue skies, snow flurry in Powmill & the "different" off road forrest stage.
Thanks for organising it Mino

14th Mar 2005 22:54 :: Hardtrack
Sorry for the sharp exit,a 6 year old can be hard work when he can't see over the dashboard.I think Mc'D's was more his style on the way home :-D.Thanx Mino and Douglas.

15th Mar 2005 22:29 :: Kenny
Hi guys, I did say I hope that this would be my first run but i'm afrain I was still in the land of nod when you all set off (I knew I should'nt have opened that bottle of wine).  Oh well just have to try a bit harder next time.

17th Mar 2005 18:31 :: Mike & Di
What Kenny,
Just one bottle of wine. You will need to get into training.

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