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IMG_1592It’s been too long…I was glad to be back in the Machars for a summer club run. If you cycle make sure you visit. You won’t regret it!

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.

Isle of Whithorn

Isle of Whithorn

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.

IMG_1591Bruce 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.

Port William before the Cafe stop and chipgate

Port William before the Cafe stop and chipgate

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.

caption contest?

caption contest?

We were fed and watered in Port William, probably the first time I’ve seen so many chips and so many chips being left! (We had some climbing to do).IMG_1595

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….

re-group

re-group

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.

Port William

Port William

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