Friday 11 May 2018

Over Here....

So our four American guests arrived on Wednesday and when I saw their luggage I was most relieved. It was quite clear Gail had been winding me up about them bringing their bicycles all the way from from Washington State and cycling around Scotland.

Well just imagine my horror when I found out what those suitcases contained...

Yesterday they all went off for a 'shake down' ride to Drum Castle and back, and I stayed at home. As they headed down the road I heard Gail shouting "don't forget, keep on the left!"

PLEASE don't tell anyone this, but between you and me, I was quite grateful for a spot of peace and quiet, unaccustomed as I am to having my home invaded by such talkative folk.

This morning our guests plus bikes have departed for Edinburgh (by train!) Gail tells me she'll be joining them in the Scottish capital tomorrow, when the planned "leisurely" bicycle tour around Scotland begins in earnest.*

Maybe they'll come home early if it rains?

*Gail says: the plan is to ride along the Forth-Clyde Canal from Edinburgh to Glasgow, and then head north along the 'Lochs and Glens'  route from Glasgow to Inverness. Normal service on the blog will resume in ten days time. Meanwhile, Bertie will reside in comfort at Neil and Yvonne's house.


  1. Hari OM
    Howly malinky, Bertie lad, you had hordes... HORDES!!! Maybe, if it rains, y'say? Well, laddie, ye ken that's a given; but as to early returns, ah widnae haud yer breeth... once on bikes, all else departs focus! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

    (PS for Gail - wishing you and riders a fair trip. High winds this side today...)

    1. High winds here too. But at least it's sunny.

  2. yes, your Gail right... your traffic runs vice versa from ours ;O) Bertie I think you hit the jackpot... imagine you had to bike all that way through scotland... that's like the tour de france just on da left side ;O)))

  3. MOLMOL Bertie I had no idea ABSOLUTELY no idea one could pack a bike. Jumpin' Catfish those are some dedicated bikers.
    KEEP TO THE LEFT!! that cracked mom up Gail will probably be bellowing those instructions all 10 days. Old habits die hard...then when they get back over the pond back to the right again.
    Dad was interested in what route you will be taking. We're showing him this later.
    Hugs and safe travels to Gail and friends and Kitty kisses to you as you look after Neil and Yvonne.
    Madi your bfff

  4. Lochs and Glens link says
    Distance 214 miles (344km)
    Classification Difficult

    Will the group travel all that distance?
    We're tired just reading it

    1. Gail say: Not so difficult if you take a week to ride distance! And for several sections there is an option for tired legs to hop on a train...

  5. Wow, those are some very serious bikers with packable bikes! We hope they enjoy their time there and have good weather.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  6. Riding on the left was a good tip, but we find constantly reminding people to be very careful when walking.... crossing streets or in parking lots is invaluable....
    Bertie, hope Yvonne and Neil have got in loads of treats.

  7. We hope Gail has a wonderful time on her bike tour and I hope you are comfy and spoiled during your vacation with Neil and Yvonne!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  8. How interesting that they packed their bikes in suitcases!! Hope they have a wonderful ride and you enjoy yourself with Yvonne and Neil
    Hazel & Mabel

  9. Hope everyone has fun on da bike tour and dat you get LOTSA extra treats!

  10. Those tricky Americans!! We hope that you have a lovely time with your friends, and Gail realizes quickly that she misses you.


  11. While we are sure the bikers will enjoy their cycles we are sure staying with your friends sounds nicer.

  12. Amazing what you can pack into a suitcase these days !
    We think you'll be much better off staying with Yvonne and Neil, than travelling around in wet and windy weather. Think of all the treats you would miss !

    Inca xx

  13. so Bertie, just catching up on the news( dreaded internet) and was wondering how the new staff were working out.

  14. This is a very bad thing! Our pawrents started riding bikes and they leave us at home! And you have all those other hoomans too! *sigh*

    Stopping by for a visit!

    Murphy & Stanley

  15. Bertie-
    Fun for the cyclists! Hope the weather holds out for all and next time, you demand a dog trailer!!

  16. No. Way. NO WAY! You've GOT to be kiddin'. They packed their bicycles? MOUSES! Where did they pack their nip? They did bring nip, right? Or at least the doggy equivalent? purrs