I meant to post a bit more last night, but events took over. Big Darren hitched a lift with Peter & Kate Lumley to come and see the Ballater party after having taken part in the Braemar party the previous night. The Challengers just kept coming ~ from a table for two (Bob Ward & me) it mushroomed to about twenty. The Alexandra Hotel coped with us all admirably.
This morning was a bit tricky and I breakfasted daintily in the cafe. There was no rush as there were just 11km to Dinnet along the cycleway. A bacon & egg roll with a latte settled the system down.
Me, Dave Wishart, His Holiness the Incredibly Irreverend Dave & Fragrant Sue (Ali’s Picture)
The fragrant Sue, the slightly crocked but wonderful Ali, and His Holiness the Very Irreverend Dave arrived to confuse the hell out of the cafe's proprietor - I think that everyone got what they ordered ~ they seemed ravenous!
So now I am lying in luxury on a four-poster, bathed and all the clothes steaming on the radiators. The menu here is first class and so tonight's fare should be wonderful.
We must now spare a thought for the Ballater Challengers that set off for Mt. Keen. It has been pouring down with rain and there were quite a few big claps of thunder! There's not much shelter up there...