Day 14 or D Day-4, Friday, September 21st, 2018

Stirling to Pitlochry, 98 km, 1,420 m of climb. Most of the climb was up on to Sherrifmuir. My friend Keith Burns joined the group at the bottom of the climb and accompanied us to Pitlochry. Great to see Keith and on a solo bike, for a change. Weather coolish, which brought out the leg warmers and big gloves. Wind north of west but no bother in the morning. A day of three halves (!!!). Morning, just a nice ride for a third of the total distance, from Stirling to the first cafe stop at Crieff. Lunch to coffee stop at Aberfeldy somewhat more challenging. Northish wind funnelled through the Sma’ Glen, making life hard. Didn’t actually lie down on the grass and cry but thought about it. Made my bum hurt for some reason – psychosomatic?? Fabulous whizz down to Aberfeldy. The Rhino Cafe has shut down, so we coffeed and caked at the Cinema Cafe. Third section just wonderful, with blue skies and sunny, dry roads. Keith, Rick and I kept together as a mini-group, discussing the route etc. Stopped at a lovely bridge over the Tay, with white water rapids. Three interests i) a very skilfull canoist honing his skills in the white water ii) an Archimedes Screw hydro generator to admire and discuss, iii) good photo opportunity. There followed a heated discussion on the route to follow. Rick and I were adamant that we were on Chris’s gpx route, Keith, knowing the area well, saying it was all wrong. We stuck to the gpx and it gradually made sense to Keith and would be in plenty of time for his train back to his car. All ended well – a super ride on a sustrans route avoiding the A9. Arrived Fisher’s Hotel 16.45. Bikes and bags to room, shower, and now about to go for a beer before dinner. Goodnight to all my readers (if any).