Today was the easiest day so far, just 39 miles and a mere 600 metres of climb. This meant that we had time to visit places, divert from the route and generally take things easy. Even so, it was breakfast at 07.30 and be ready at the bikes for the briefing at 08.45 for a departure at 09.00.
Pete and Rob are very good and efficient and everything seems to just work and we are all ready and on time and ready to go.
So a nice gentle rolling 15 miles to Perth for elevenses
which unfortunately didn’t include this
and on to Scone Palace.
Somewhere along the route Sam’s best man Tom Lamb turned up and cycled with Sam for the rest of the day. Using Tom L’s local knowledge we cycled a different route along some of Tom Lamb’s favourite lanes. It was really good to ride together again and catch up on each others news.
Norman, Andrew and I went to Scone Palace which is a neo-Gothick country house a couple of miles from Perth. Fairly grand with a terrible collection of Victorian ivory and papier-mache vases. Andrew and Norman enjoyed it, I less so.
From there Andrew and I deviated from the purple track on the Garmin and headed back into Perth and along the river. There was then a horrid stretch alongside a dual carriageway, but once we left that it was much better and in Stanley we dropped down the hill to visit the mill.
This was set up by Arkwright in 1786, and at its height employed about 850 people who lived in the model village above the mill. It continued to water powered (water wheel, turbine, on site hydro electricity until the 1960s and only closed in 1989! They are again generating electricity on the site, but now for the grid.
From there to a late lunch via the tallest hedge in the world (100 foot high beech hedge) and stone circle,
and so via a nice decent to Bridge of Cally – one of those built by general Wade to suppress the Highlands.