brodies (brodies) wrote,

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Over the border!

Had a fast 103 mile run yesterday from Aviemore, climbed the Drumochter pass at 1500ft ( you'd hardly notice it! ) - but gave up on the cycletrack to Pitlochry. It started OK, but after a couple of miles of trying to avoid great holes, and areas of gravel, and swerving in and out of gates and over bridges, the average speed was dropping to 9mph, and I certainly didn't fancy trying to descend at speed on the sort of surface provided!
Pitlochry was a nice town - stuffed some pasta down, and headed on for Perth. Met the two Mikes again, returning to Alnwick and Newcastle after riding the Sportif.
Stopped at Perth ( Lovely town/city!) for Fish & Chips, and then took B roads through Glenfarg ( 400 + feet climb!) to Kinross and nice B&B.
Left Kinross at 9.30 - had two miles in the dry - then thick drizzle came in.
Found Forth Road Bridge - East cycle track was closed so had 45 steep steps down and another 45 back up to get to the other side.
After that needed a cup of coffee at Queensferry. Then tried picking my was into Edinburgh using cycle track ( bikes banned on some of the "A" roads.) It was Ok in places but signeage became abysmal and one section left me stranded in a council estate, so I gave up and used the roads through Leith and Mussleborough out to Dalkeith.
The Lammermuir hills were pretty despite low cloud and drizzle, and very tiring on the legs!
Weather improved on the East side, and it was quite a pleasant evening when I arrived at BoT. Found a backpackers hostel in Bridge Street, really nice place and nice people.
Not sure where I'm going tomorrow - Lindsifarne first for sure - then South, maybe to Morpeth and the A68
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