Sunday, 5 August 2012

Sunday run to Pitlochry

Five of us set off from the Leisure Centre on a dry but overcast Sunday morning. We headed out of town by  Drumgley and Ballindarg to take the Bogside Road as far as Bakie Sawmill where we took the main road along to Alyth before climbing up around the Den and on to the Drimmie Road. We were passed by a group of classic cars on a rally and it wouldn't be the last time we met then along the way. After a long climb up from mains of Creuchies we enjoyed the descent down passed Heatheryhaugh then  on around by the Drimmies, Cloquhat, and down and over the Blackwater at Strone Bridge, just before it joins up with the Ardle to become the Ericht. At Bridge of Cally we turned up towards Kirkmichael, and, just before reaching it we met Ron who'd waited for us a while at Kirkmichael then decided to head for home. Not in the mood for stooping we continued up by Straloch and Glen Brerachan to start the long but gentle climb up to the Moulin Moors.

Charlie at the Moulin Inn

Once over the top it was a fine descent down into Pitlochry where we stopped for food at the bakers. Having enjoyed our grub we then popped into the bike shop to see if there were any bargains on offer before setting off to take the Dunfallandy road over to Logierait. At Ballinluig we took the cycle path down the east side of the A9, but first had to hurdle a fallen tree before continuing down to take the back road into Dunkeld by Craig a Barns. The run which had been reasonably pacey until then gathered speed and momentum as we took the main road by Caputh and Spittalfield to Coupar Angus where we stopped briefly to put on waterproofs as the heavens opened. Once past Ardler the rain eased and gradually stopped as we continued on by Kirkinch and Balkeerie to join the main road and head for home.
 A good run 146km on the day with an average speed of around 21.3 kph. We took around 7hours 40 mins in total including 50 mins of stoppage time.

The run on Wednesday night is to Finavon.
Next Sunday the run is to Clatterin Bridge

Wednesday Evening Run to Drovers

Seven members met up at the Drovers Inn at Memus on Wednesday. Those leaving from the club rooms too the usual route out by Battledykes, Justinhaugh, and  Baldoukie. It was a reasonable night mainly dry but humid and they headed home by Shielhill Bridge and Horny Cross.