Fiona took a couple of days off last week so we planned a wee trip around the weather, Friday looked best so we set off at the back of 10 complete with sandwiches and flask. We got to between Crieff and Comrie before the real rain started, also from Crieff we were following and empty logging truck which was generating its own rainstorm, problem was the driver was a maniac and there was nowhere safe enough to pass him so we slowed down and just enjoyed a slightly slower ride. We stopped at St Fillans for five minutes to let him get up the road a bit so it didn't spoil our run along the loch and up through Glenogle. We also wanted five minutes to savour the rain and look at the rugged beauty of Loch Earn.
A very wet run up through Glen Ogle but then a planned stop at Killin at the Falls of Dochart which because of the constant rain were very impressive, tea was had sitting on the wall no doubt looking like a couple of drooned spuggies! Off we set just as the heavy rain started again, along Loch Tay in the shadow of Ben Lawers and it got colder as well as wetter, the roads were also treacherous with debris, oh great but of course it beats working. Our planned stop at the head of Loch Tay was abandoned as was our run over Glen Quaich due to the conditions so we headed for our secret Norton meeting place just above Aberfeldy for tea and sandwiches. The run home was wet until Glenalmond when it got drier and warmer which actually was the exact reverse of last week. Both home safe but hands and feet were losing any sensation. Despite this tale of wetness and dreich weather we both enjoyed it immensely.
Don't pack your bike away just yet, the feel good factor of riding your bike and getting out into the fresh (sometimes too fresh) air far outweighs any temporary discomfort. See you on the road somewhere this winter hopefully!
|Reflecting on the weather|
|generally in Scotland, it is raining, was raining or about to rain|
|The majesty of Loch Earn without the idiots who make it unbearable in Summer|
|The falls of Dochart|
|Fi preparing the tea while I faf about taking pictures|
|Loch Tay, didn't manage to capture the rain in this|
|A break in the clouds|
|A cup of tea, a sandwich and time to savour a Kit Kat |