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Benderloch Run
Sun 25th Jul 2004
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 19
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We said nearly every mile of this run would be alongside, or in view of water and it sure was...Loch Lomond, Gare Loch, Firth of Clyde, Loch Long, Loch Awe, Loch Etive, Firth of Lorne, Loch Creran, and Loch Fyne, we seen them all. We also suggested it would be a long day, so were pleasantly surprised when so many cars turned up at Lomond Shores meeting point. After the usual greetings and an unexpected inspection of our cars from the local Traffic Police (Harry & Betty's son actually)we were off.
Over the wonderful military road to Gareloch and a quick stop at the viewpoint to allow a few of the errant drivers catch up, then up the twisty Loch Long road to Arrochar, followed by a quiet journey up Loch Lomond and onto Tyndrum where our 17 cars stopped to meet up with Richard & Eileen. Lunch was at the Ferrymans Inn, Connel where we performed the miracle parking trick by squeezing all those cars in the car park. Lunch with a view was enjoyed by all and afterwards we were joined by Malcolm Gray Stevens in his California, which made the total number of cars 19.(including 3 California's)
Over the Connel Bridge and onwards to Benderloch, then under the newly built Creran Bridge to loop back round the Loch then crossing the bridge for the return leg, now its at this point I would like to say to the few cars that decided to miss this section out...you missed one of the best sections of the run, being tail end charlie on this event gave me the chance to hold back a little, then play catch up on this wonderfully quiet twisty and almost track like road. Fiona, one of our new members later said, she felt that she learned so much about her car on that section and wanted to go back and do it all again.
Alan, our red leader for the day had suggested that if time permitted we could do a short loop through Oban town, so this we did, much to the enjoyment of our convoy and amazement of the tourists.
By now the sun was blazing overhead so a welcome stop for refreshments was enjoyed at the Cruachan visitor centre, before heading back through Inveraray and the, by now much busier road back to Lomond shores.
Thanks to Alan for a fantastic 180 miles of tremendous scenery, nice to see some new members on their first run and Steve's young son Donald whom I'm sure enjoyed himself.
Douglas.   


20040725_central_route.doc



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