Another bright sunny day welcomed us to the leisure centre, with summer holidays in full swing there were only four of us! The route was to Bankfoot as the cafe at Amulree was closed so we headed for Newtyle up Laughing Horse Hill (which duly obliged) and on through Kinrossie , where Norman headed for home, then on to Perth.
In Perth we turned over the first bridge and took the cycle path through the North Inch following the south bank of the Tay which is off road all the way to Almondbank then a sharp wee hill took us to Pitcairngreen which has a cairn and a village green! From Pitcairngreen we continued on the cycle route which is quite lumpy through to Bankfoot at 41 miles where we stopped at the shop for a roll and a drink in the sun.
After a brief discussion we decided on a route back to Forfar, all choices involved a climb and we chose the route past the Stewart Tower Dairy where we have stopped a couple of times for a shorter winter run, it has great ice cream! We then turned left down to Murthly then right onto the Kivclaven Rd crossing the railway tracks and and a nice fast run to the bridge over the Tay where the river Isla joins the Tay. There were road works on the second bridge and we were lucky to get a green light straight off, turning left up the brae towards Coupar Angus.
From Coupar Angus we headed to Ardler where David and I stopped for rehydration with Charlie heading straight home, Charlie's decision to go straight home probably got him a fairly good soaking as we had to sit in rather than outside, after our wee break we headed for Forfar via Kirkinch joining the Newtyle Rd and re traced our tracks for the last 10 miles back to home. The roads were pretty wet in places but we were lucky and got home in the dry!
We had completed 72 miles on a nice gentle route, if you want to try it click here!
Next week we head towards Montrose via Carnoustie