bought a new Garmin GPS but had not loaded any routes before we left home so we looked at the good old map and decided to head for Perth. After a search on the Internet a room was booked at Perth Travel Lodge for ÂŁ33.00 and we headed across country to Bishop Auckland and the A68 to Jedburgh. This road is full of hidden dips and blind crests as it heads north through Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest Park. The sun was still shining but the air was cool and we were glad to still have the linings in jacket and trousers. After a lunch stop in Jedburgh we stayed on the A68 until the outskirts of Edinburgh and then M8, M9 to the Forth Road Bridge. While crossing this I remembered recently seeing a program about how the cables were rusting and the bridge will have to be replaced, glancing across to the rail bridge I was thinking that was the better engineered bridge considering the ages of the two. We took the M90 to Perth arriving mid afternoon after another enjoyable dry day on the bike, but after looking at the forecast that evening, Monday looked as if it would be wet but clearing from the west later in the day. We decided to head for Ullapool as several club members had recommended the area and a room was booked at the Caledonian Hotel for two nights.
Sure enough Monday dawned grey and overcast and by the time we were ready to leave the rain was falling. We left Perth on the A9 heading for the Grampian The SAM Observer August 2013
The August 2013 edition of "The SAM Observer"