Adventures of the Early Ooters

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Ayr and Pool 14 February

Alan, Alan McQ, Allan, Davie C, Davie Mc, Dougie, Gus, Jim, Johnny, Kenny T, Peter, Rex, Robert

The Walk
Given that the forecast was for wet and very windy weather, today’s walk had been changed to a circular walk from Chez Rex, a walk that could be adapted en route to cope with any worsening of the conditions. We accepted Rex’s hospitality and enjoyed coffee and scones/buns before, reluctantly for some, it was time to make a start. Well-wrapped up against the chill wind we crossed over into Rozelle Park and made for the Maclaurin Galleries to check out the Glasgow Group’s exhibition, featuring our very own Peter. Next stop was Rozelle House to take in the Lego exhibition and the display of Goudie’s Burns inspired paintings. From here we followed one of the many paths through the estate before coming out at the Loaning. We marched up Laughlanglen Rd and turned right into Whin Hill Rd which eventually took us on to Maybole Rd and the cycle track near the A77. Turning on to this we followed the track down to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum cut-off where Peter, having things to do, left us. So far, so good, as far as the weather was concerned, very windy and chilly in exposed areas but, since we had been sheltered for the most part, not an issue. Since conditions were better than expected it was decided to extend the walk from here, so we followed the track up to Dunure Rd, which we crossed, and turned and headed for Greenan, staying on the path. We crossed the Millennium Bridge over the Doon and headed up to the Honda Garage at Doonfoot and crossed over into Belleisle Park for a stop at the Conservatory. From here we crossed the golf course, re-entered Rozelle Park and reached Rex’s house three and a half hours after starting out. 7.7 miles was the call, and it felt like it since most of the walk had been on hard surfaces, and the feet knew it. Nonetheless, we had got our exercise in much better then hoped for conditions.

The Pool
It was about two o’clock before the pool competition began, and since, given the varying skill sets on show (let’s say no more), the games were taking some time, we were beginning to wonder what Rex had laid on for our supper. Nevertheless, the cream rose to the top and the final was a close-fought tussle between Alan and mine host, Rex, with Alan edging it to take the title.
Well done to Alan, and indeed to all the guys, for participating in an enjoyable afternoon which ended at about half past four.
Special thanks to Rex for hosting the competition and for procuring the pies and being head cook and bottle washer.
And yes, for some, it was a three pie day!
Footnote: The competition took place on the 14th of February, exactly 14 months after the last competition on 14th December 2016. Pity there hadn’t been fourteen of us. Mind you, if there had been, the competition would still be in progress!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Arrangements for Wed 21st Feb

Meet at 10.00 a.m. in the visitor car park Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch. The walk will take in a short section of the cycle path ,the folly and circle  round through Howwood to the start point.

Monday, 12 February 2018

New arrangements for Wed 14 Feb

Hi all, rain accompanied by 40 - 45 mph winds forecast from 8a.m. -12 noon on Wednesday.
New arrangements are as follows- meet at 9.30 a.m. at Rex's place for coffee or 10.00 a.m. to start the walk. The walk will be around Ayr for about 2 -  3 hours max.
Return to Rex's place ,change clothes if necessary and enjoy the comfort of a warm house.
Pies ,pool and pints will be provided for our enjoyment.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Glasgow Canal Walk 7 February

Allan, Davie C, Davie Mc, Ian, Jim, Jimmy, Kenny R, Kenny T, Paul, Rex, Robert, and a fleeting appearance from Peter

On a bitterly cold morning, we met at The Counting House for coffee and a thaw-out, having made our way to Glasgow on different buses and trains. There were a few suggestions about the nature of the walk but the one that won the day was the canal walk.
On leaving The Counting House, Peter bade his farewell, as he was off to explore some murals on buildings, and so he disappeared into the sunrise. The main body made its way up to the canal via North Hanover Street, the A804, and Craighall Road and started the canal section at Speirs Wharf. By this time the sky was blue, and although still cold, the walking conditions, other than a few icy patches, were excellent. Good progress was made until we reached the Maryhill Locks, where we paused for ten minutes. At the aqueduct, we turned down and followed the Kelvin Walkway, extremely busy with joggers and runners, on to Kelvingrove Park at Eldon Street. Here there was a schism with some taking the pavement down onto to Woodlands Road and down to Sauchiehall Street, whereas the majority continued into the park and climbed up to Park Terrace before following Woodlands Terrace and Woodside Terrace down to the walkway over the motorway at Charing Cross. Both factions met up at The Hengler’s Circus (Wetherspoon’s) on Sauchiehall Street.
The place was extremely busy, but we managed to find some tables reasonably close together for a couple of beers and a lunch before we made our separate ways back home after a fine day out. It was reckoned we had covered six or seven miles and had got the best of the day for our walk.

It's behind you!

Some more images from the canal walk