Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Falkland - 13/07/14

A bright sunny day saw six of us head towards Fife for the longest run of the year though only half of us ventured across the bridge!

Ron turned off at the foot of Carrot Hill, Gus just past Kellas and Norman at Sainsburry leaving Keith, Grahame and I to head for Fife.

We got our first taste of the Commonwealth Games with the whole of the the Apex Hotel cordoned off and surrounded by Police even as far as under the Tay Bridge, cant imagine the cost of that for three weeks!

A slight detour to the normal route saw us on the bridge enjoying the views with a very low tide, stopping at the cafe for tea and rolls to fuel us for the next section of our journey.

From the bridge we headed through Balmullo up to Dairsie where we turned down the glen and through Kemback and Dura Den coming out at Pitscottie where Keith turned off leaving just two of us to head through Ceres and on to Newton of Falkland where we stopped for lunch.

After a good stop we decided on the route home  and set off round the edge of Falkland hoping to have the wind behind us, and for most of the route we did, as we approached the Tay it got cold for a few miles and the wind seemed to swirl round into our face through Wormitt.

From the Tay we again had sunshine and the wind on our back as we headed up to Liff and Newtyle then through to the Bogside Rd where we had a brief stop to dawn rain coats which did little to prevent a thorough soaking.  It brightened up as we got to the Kirrie Glamis junction where Grahame wearily turned left up the hill and I continued past the sawmill and home to Forfar in a baw hair under 100 miles and over 4000' of ascent.

Next week it's the Clova beer festival with both A & B runs scheduled the A route heading for Prosen first.