It was chilly, it was windy, we faffed around before getting going but we did it.
Today was a long overdue pedal with Si. After the debate of which gloves Si would find best we were off. Huntingtower first and it was a slow moving horse which we slowly and with a wide berth passed. Then off into the growing headwind out the Tibbermore road. Conversation flowed when the noise of the wind permitted. Next it was Mosside and into Methven. It was easy to see that I’m out of practise cycling with Si as when I was taking a swig of juice he edged forward to claim the 30 that I’d failed to spot.
Up Cog Brae which wasn’t has bad as had been anticipated. It wasn’t swift but it was steady for me and no dramas for first uphill of the year. At Glenalmond it was into the wind again but with shelter from hedges and trees it wasn’t too bad.
A photo stop was required as we joined the A822 Sma Glen road to allow us to send AW a “wish you were here” message. Now it really was off into the wind on the drag up to Foulford. Ok Si I admit it wasn’t all down hill to Gilmerton! I do like the use of the old baths as planters at the Foulford golf course. On we went down on the drop to help us push into the wind. Then we still needed to pedal down hill to Gilmerton No real landspeed records today. Si gets the 30! The reverse climb up the Sma Glen from Gilmerton has never been down by either of us so that is now on this year’s agenda.
Left and head to Kinkell Bridge down a stretch of “off highlighter” for Si. It was too breezy for anyone to be falling from the sky at Strathallen today. At this stage Si remarks about our downhill and when we get the climb back up. It was just around the corner but more of a gradual climb and with the added bonus of the tail wind.
Up to Findo Gask (Gask refers to the nearby Gask Ridge, in Gailic a gasg s a projecting tail or strip of land) Then down past Clathy Kirk and down to Balgown. Fingers were being crossed that Gloagburn was open for takeaway coffee.
You wait for years to see a motorbike and sidecars then 2 pass together. Interestingly both of the side cars were festoon with Teddy Bears! Nearing Gloagburn Si has a call of nature claiming the pressure from his lycra bib longs! I did say I was roll along until he caught up. Well with the tail wind the rolling along was after than anticipated, although it had crossed my mind to put the hammer down and make Si really chase. But even with the wind assisted rolling it was a puffing Si who caught me just at the Gloagburn entrance. Yes Coffee and traybake were available and a sit in one of the shed shelters while we consumed.
No horse on the way back through Huntingtower but another cyclist did pass us and then go through the red traffic lights at Dobbies!! Tut Tut! Si must have been feeling generous as I managed to claim the final 30 of the day before the drag up West Mains to home. There was one WTF moment to end the day with an impatient motorist cutting Si up near the Ambulance depot of all places.
All in all a cracking 43 miles and much much more of the same needed, This was apparently Si’s rest day tapering for a 104 mile ride with another Si later in the week.
Post Ride Strava check and a couple of segments were not shows on my strava that were in Si’s. Mr Google to the rescue yet again. Apparently as the segments start or end within my Strava Privacy zone they do no register. Well there you go.
Post Ride bike wash and no Bike light. Somewhere after the photo stop my See Sense back light has pinged off and has escaped for ever! Some bright spark did suggest I cycle the route looking for it, But maybe not!