The story of the restoration of a 1950s classic bicycle for a Land's End – John O'Groats charity ride in aid of Alzheimer's Society
The day started with a tiring 12-mile gentle climb out of Innerleithen, through the rather beautiful valley (glen?) of a small tributary to the Tweed. Lots of moorland birds (lapwing, particularly), and I alarmed a family of ducks, causing mama duck to behave very dramatically to distract me from her ducklings.
Tricky navigation through the outskirts of Edinburgh, but all went surprisingly well, and I crossed the Forth on the road bridge, with a spectacular view of the wonderful old rail bridge.
Kinross is new to me – it’s a nice town on Loch Leven. But sitting comfortably writing this, full of sea bass and sauvignon blanc, I’m not sure I have the energy to go out and do any exploring.
Anyway, today’s 59 miles takes total distance over the 750 mile mark, so I’m nearly three-quarters finished. Tomorrow’s short stage will take me the 50 miles or so to Pitlochry, where my partner Ruth will be joining me as backup driver for the remaining stages. Thank you Ruth!!!