Adventures of the Early Ooters

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Crookedholm to Galston 19 September


Alan, Allan, Gus, Ian, Kenny T, Malcolm, Paul, Rex, Robert


The forecast was horrendous with the central belt going to suffer from the effects of storm Ali, so it was pleasantly surprising that so many Ooters turned up at Crookedholm. It was dry as we set off along the Grougar Path, but we were well sheltered from the strengthening wind, so progress was good. A fallen tree on the path didn’t trouble us too much and before long we got the tarmac at Milton Road and we decided to stay on the road rather than take the riverside path.
A large tree had come down blocking this road, but we were able to get past easily. By this time, though, we had to have one eye on the road and the other watching for falling debris above us. We really felt the force of the wind in the exposed sections but marched on regardless.
After fifty minutes or so, Kenny who had brought Jim’s dog, Amber, turned back (this had always been his plan as that had been enough for the dog), and within minutes our luck changed as we were hit by heavy rain. This continued for about twenty minutes until we reached Loudoun Kirk when, as if by magic, someone flicked a switch, the rain went off, and the skies turned blue. We were sheltered from the wind, so coffee was taken in relative comfort and by the time we set off again, we had dried out.
We stayed on the road and turned down the A719 towards Galston, stopping at the bus shelter next to the Co-op to decide our next move. The gusts were ferocious by this time, so we agreed not to walk back against the wind on the exposed cycle track. There was a suggestion to walk to Newmilns and get the bus back from there but, in the end, we decided not to chance our luck any further, and take the next bus back to Crookedholm from where we were. We had walked nearly five miles in two hours and were back at the cars at twenty past twelve.
FRT was taken in Wetherspoon’s which was unusually quiet, not surprising given the conditions.

Alternative walk for 26 September

For those not wishing to go to Ben Lomond meet at the car park at Irvine shore (the car park at the toilet block) at 10am. We will walk for an hour and a half towards Barassie/Troon and then retrace our steps. Can be amended on the day depending on conditions.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Curry night 10 th October

The new date for the curry night is 10th October as the previous date is the date we were supposed to be travelling to the Borders to visit Alan McQuiston's Bothy. The Taj in Prestwick has been booked for 16 persons arriving about 7.00p.m. Please confirm your intention to attend with R.McGarry.

Arrangements for 26th Sept.

For those interested Ben Lomond walk is back on .If the BBC weather forecast is correct a week in advance then we should have no problem with attempting Ben Lomond. Meet in the Rowardennan car park around 9.30.a.m. Car sharing can be arranged on Tuesday evening. R Mc Garry will coordinate things.

Allan Sim will coordinate the alternative low level walk from Irvine.