10 members set off to Meikleour. Charlie, Dave, Keith, Gus, Ron, Tom, Norman, Big Jim, Ian, and Angela . Meiklour has become a bit of an annual pilgrimage for the Angus CC members due to their choice of Real Ales. The outward route took us aout along the Bogside Road as far as Meigle where Ian and Angela turned off. We then turned up towards Alyth then along the Leitfie Road passed Strathmore Golf course and down to the metal bridge at Aberbrothrie. From there it was a bit of a climb up past the old iron Chapel to the to the main Blairgowrie road.
Big Jim has no affection for steep climbs, but he managed a cheery smile never-the-less.
Re-grouping at the main road to Blair
Once through Blair we went down the Essendy road through the standing stones and over the bridge.
At the turn-off to Meiklour the sign said "Road Closed" we followed it anyway assuming that we could dismount and push past the roadworks or obstacle. We were however prevented from progressing very far by a fallen tree, damaged power lines, and an angry worker who couldn't have kept his hair on if he'd tried. So about turn it was, following the Lethendy road down to the crossroads then back along to Meikleour. Lunch at the Coach Inn was enjoyed by all and enhanced by sampling a couple of the ales on tap. The "Jock Frost" and the "Lure of Meikleour" both got the thumbs up. Heading home by Coupar Angus we turned along the back roads by Ardler and Meigle to enjoy a bit of a tail wind. At Belmont we took a wee detour through the estate before heading to Forfar, (Kirrie in Ron's case) via Kirkinch and Balkeerie .
The Pub run on Wednesday 14th December is to Finavon.
Next Sunday Run 18th December is the Mince Pie Run hosted by the Wards. Meet as usual at the Leisure Centre at 10am for a wee run first.