Oh dilemmas. What to wear, short or long sleeves, soft shell or gilet! Yes the Sun was out and the chilly morning looked as if it was going to make way for a cracking day but would that be before during or after we finish our cycle.
Didn’t have long to wait for the Burrelton and Coupar Angus Peloton to roll into town and we carried on along towards the Harbour. Nic’s first trip there she said. The legs and lungs got a rude awakening on the friarton nippy climb to the main road!
Off out towards Abernethy and Blair headed on into deepest darkest Fife. Along the road we trundled admiring the golden beaches along the Tay. Just after you take the turn off at Newburgh there is a Strava segment called “Dave’s duelling Banjo’s” and didn’t even know I could play one let along duel with it.
Everything was going so well, the sun was out the roads were quiet and Dundee was still hidden. Then it was the Climb up to Hazelton walks. I was minding my own business following Andrew and listening to his outbursts of tourettes and get to the corner for our group to gather. Then the strange feeling starts, not one I’ve had for some time I get off the bike and the waves of nausea come over me. Deep lungs of air and sips of water resolve the issue. No idea what brought that on oh well it passed.
It passed just like Alan Nic and Andrew did for the turn off to Balmerino. That is after me saying before moving on that we turn to Balmerino! Andrew reckons he didn’t see the junction and Nic and Alan were just enjoying the cycle. It would be a great screaming downhill if it wasn’t for the road being R.A.F!
Some cracking houses in Wormit with great views (of Dundee).
Down the centre cycle path of the bridge we head and get a good view of last weeks high point then we get todays fun. Not sure what Strava will make of it but we had to use a Lift to get down from the bridge!
Disaster. The menu offered tea and fruit Scone so we ordered 3 and 1 coffee and scone. Sorry no scones today!!!!!!! Oh well others cakes will have to do instead. We sat outside, this was probably a good idea to start off but it got a bit chilly sitting there. The run to Longforgan level crossing was uneventful and there we split and said our goodbyes. Jocks Brae beckoned for the three and Balthyock loomed for me! If it wasn’t for the Car Booters at Errol the run along the carse would was been great. Unfortunately the car Booters decided to block the road and some manoeuvring between cars was required. I dutifully claimed all the unchallenged 30’s! The cycle path was not looked at alongside the main road, it was Balthyock for me! I got up further than the last time but still had to walk. Beaten again. I will be back! No Nutty mtb’ers to chase over Kinoull Hill and the run down was uneventful and I managed to stay upright around the lochie brae corner without having to resort to a snails pace! Result!
Atholl Street in Perth was closed between Kinoull Street and Methven Street so a meander through the town was required dodging more cars pulling out and blocking the cycle lane before the final slog up Glasgow road and the joy that is Oakbank Road!
Think I got some sun in my pasty legs judging by the red “tan” lines
More sunshine and no waves of nausea next week please.