Road Trip Adventures Episode 1: The Surprised Cows

Don’t get me wrong; this wasn’t my first road trip since arriving in Scotland. But it was a bit of an adventure! And it’s all because of lawn bowls… yes you read that correctly! My newest hobby, thanks to my aunt’s cousin, Joan.

Joan was taking me to a town called Denny, just outside Falkirk, to pick up a used set of bowls, so I wouldn’t have to borrow someone else’s. But the closest set in the size and weight to suit me, that were also in good shape, were in Denny. So, on a lovely Monday afternoon, off we traipsed.

Part way along our journey, she punched our destination into her GPS. But for some mysterious reason, at one point it told us to make a left off the road we were using. Ok, sure. When we turned onto a single-lane rural road, we looked at each other and shrugged. Why was it taking us this way, along hilly, windy country roads with barely any room to move over if we met another vehicle? I mean, the scenery, hills and lush fields, was gorgeous! It gave us further instructions to turn at an upcoming junction. Again, another single-lane farm road. But the best part, as we approached the junction, there was a field gate ahead, and several rather surprised looking cows staring at us! I told Joan that they had probably never actually seen a car before, only tractors!

I really wished I had taken a moment to photograph those cows, because I’ll never forget the way they looked, standing there at that gate in the afternoon sun, all confused. It was absolutely priceless!

As for the GPS and our unexpected scenic tour, well, we still can’t explain it. It did seem to cut a corner off our route, but the main road would probably have been quicker. The rest of our journey was uneventful, except getting temporarily lost in a new subdivision where I was to pick up the bowls. I am glad of the little side tour, because it showed us some scenery we would not have otherwise seen, and gave us a memory we will not soon forget!

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Published by jenmcnaughton

Born in Scotland, I moved to Canada in 1980 with my family. I was 10. I became homesick in my 20's, and longed for my beloved Scotland. Happily, I recently returned home for good! I am a photographer, freelance writer and bestselling author, and entrepreneur. I am an animal lover and advocate. My other hobbies include exploring, collecting sea glass, reading and music.

2 thoughts on “Road Trip Adventures Episode 1: The Surprised Cows

  1. I can relate our GPS has taken us for a mystery tour many times .
    I love the comment about the coos probably never seen such lovely ladies before.
    Glad it all worked out and you’ve hot your lucky bowls


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