The 2015 Dalton Dash
Report by Sheila Mason
We all arrived between 10.30- 11.00 at Steve and Dot's, the group were
Dave and Kate, Stuart and Lucy, Angus and Shirley, Bill and Mavis, Bill
and Isobel, Martin and Sue and Tony and myself, Sheila. We had a coffee
before we were given our routes, it was interesting to observe the
"girls" admiring Dot and Steve's daughter's wedding photos and the "
boys" admiring the repair work on Steve's car following the damage, to
the body work, caused by golf ball size hail stones.
After coffee and a chat we left, keen to follow the instructions and
find out where we were going! After a bad start, going wrong very early,
Tony and I then thought we had "cracked" the instructions but, after 45
minutes, realised we were hopelessly lost we decided to return to
Dalton, had a drink, and awaited the others! Dot was busy preparing the
food and we talked to Kevin and Helen, new members, who had arrived for
the BBQ [Kevin opted out of the run because of an injured arm].
Gradually the others arrived back with different tales of the run! We
then sat down to a wonderful BBQ with plenty of laughter, mostly about
the run. I asked Steve and Dot's permission if I could ask every couple
to pen their own interpretation of the run - they both thought it would
be a great idea. Here are their stories of THE DALTON DASH:—
1. Confusion started quite early, as we were heading in one direction,
Tony and Sheila were coming towards us in the opposite direction!! So
all turn back into Dalton .It seemed RIGHTS should have been LEFTS and
vice-versa. More trouble at another junction, we turned left and others
turned right--wrong again!! Got back on track and then got snarled up
with a tractor convoy in Cotherstone! All good fun and we finished with
lovely BBQ. We will be back next year.
2. Too many places beginning with B! Where/what was Deerbolt (I have
been to Deerbolt, but not as an inmate, does any member admit to being
incarcerated there in their youth? That should give you a clue – Ed)
Didn't matter that some LEFT/RIGHTS were wrong -Shirley always gets them
wrong anyway-so we ended up right[correct]! Very enjoyable route in
unknown territory for us; just glad we had an OS. Map!
3. Most enjoyable-scenery lovely especially the reservoirs. Conquering
the deliberate mistakes was fun. The buffet Steve and Dot provided was
4. First instruction a bit dodgy-but then dramatically improved- going
to revisit area and find out where Hannah Hauxwell resided.
5."Great Start" to another run on roads we had never been on. All being
told to turn left at No.3, on the direction sheet, we all went up the
single lane track, to the horror of locals on a quiet dog walk, we all
had to do an abrupt U-turn as the LEFT should have been a RIGHT turn. We
continued at various points waved to other members going in the opposite
direction--arms waving and faces looking bewildered .We finished the run
never sure whether to turn RIGHT or LEFT! We got there in the end and
all told had a good laugh with wonderful scenery and a fantastic Barbie
6.Really enjoyed the run in the immortal words of Morecambe and Wise
"All the information was there just not necessarily in the right order"
It took me back to the early days of the car club and the dodgy
directions, however, the food was another matter wonderful, excellent
,marvellous and fantastic. Thank you to Dot and Steve for a great day
out and BBQ.
As you can see we all had a marvellous time, Sheila.
Thanks again Steve and Dot for an excellent event.