Monday, 14 November 2022

Almost the middle of November

 We were lucky in that it didn't rain and the sun actually made an appearance, despite the gritters been spotted the roads although filthy aren't full of salt so that is a result. Saturday breakfast at Rait antique centre, usual excellent food from Tim, we then went via Dunkeld where the queue to get onto the A9 was busy so we turned left and headed to the train station to turn around, we had been told there was a good burger van there so we stopped for a coffee. We had just had breakfast so a coffee was enough, the coffee was pretty rank, it was warm and looked like coffee and at £2 a cup wasn't too pricey. The train station is a magnificent building but is all locked up, it would make a fantastic cafe but instead we are eating outside! Of course there are no toilets which is why Scotland smells of urine quite often and if your unlucky worse, welcome to a magnificent country with great scenery but with no facilities. I suppose its because of Brexit, maybe the fuel crisis, war in the Ukraine, or any number of things that spring to mind except of course a completely broken political system and a complete lack of "get up and go" from the Councils and the higher political echelons.

Rant over, it was a glorious day and finished off with a welcome cup of tea at Myreside (Thanks Bill and Kat) 

Sunday was very misty but we left prepared with provisions for a day out, the mist never lifted until we descended down Glen Quaich  into Kenmore. We were actually wet from the mist, it doesn't have to rain here to get wet!   The distant view of Loch Tay looked brighter so we rode along and up over the hill to Glenlyon, it was excellent and when we stopped for a cuppa and a sandwich it was actually very nice. There were a few bikes out which was a surprise including a nice sounding Velocette and AJS twin  obviously taking advantage of the late sun. So a great weekend and a few miles done of the 650 BMW's which have been dragged out for winter duty, long may the weather hold and get out there if you can, its really good fun. 

Saturday breakfast
Sun coming out
and again
Brahan wood
short stop
Sunday, mist clearing
still keeping the helmet on though
Loch Tay
Sun almost through in bits
Its behind you
still nice
Suntrap at Bridge of Balgie
Tea time


  1. Good to have the craic on Saturday and thank you for the tootle on Sunday! ;¬) I was out starting the Duke as you passed. However, numpty had assembled the selector box incorrectly and only 1st and 2nd were available. DOH!!!!!! So, out with the Mono SRX and surprise, surprise, I went via Glen Ogle to Killin and kept tripping over members of the Stirling Castle VMCC section. The loos at Killin (next to the BEAR depot), whilst not luxurious, were clean, tidy and OPEN! I too went over the top to the Bridge of Balgie, but you must have moved on and the VMCC boys were having a feast at the cafe, probably a dozen bikes, along with quite a few car punters. Slippery all the way east to Fortingall, then a quick gallop into 'feldy, afore coming over the top to the Dunkeld road. Visability was down to 50m in places and I was lead vehicle of a queue of at least 6 cars. Came down to Inver to get out of the murk, joined the A9 nae bother and the 'pop up' was still serving at the station. That maybe disappear when the dual carriageway goes in, if ever? Home just afore 16:00, bit damp and mucky, but a grand canter of 105 miles. Good health, Myreside

    1. Great minds thing alike! A few were holding us up but we behaved, great to see the older bikes, must stop at Balgie sometime rather than self service a mile along the road.