Saturday the 27th July – our normal club run was replaced with a an 86 mile run round the Machars, a beautiful part of Galloway. The glorious summer we’re having meant hot but not unbearable weather and, thankfully, light winds which occasionally kicked up a little round some of the coastal roads.
12 of us made the hour’s drive to the starting point in Newton Stewart. Luckily we had two ‘natives’ of the area (Bruce and Steve) in the group so there was no chance of ending up on an offshore wind farm.
Bruce was the organiser of the run and he had promised us ‘the real Galloway…’ We weren’t disappointed as the scenery was captivating. The most special moment for me was joining the coastal road towards Port William.
With his knowledge of the area, Bruce turned out to be something of a QI panellist – geologist, historian and speaker of Greek. Most commendably though, he rode at the front for almost all the ride which is something considering the heat and the distance.
As usual the route was punctuated with cycling banter. Unfortunately most of it is unprintable although two of our club members did seem to get into a contest about who had the most body hair….
It’s been a couple of years since I was round the Machars. I sincerely hope it won’t be as long till I’m back skirting the sea’s immensity.