For once the sun was pushing through the weak cloud cover as we sat and ate our porridge. It was so nice not to be cocooned in full waterproofs as we said our goodbye’s to April and headed off to find the cycle route that would take us out to the Forth Bridge. It was warm and a little muggy but dry. As we neared the Forth Bridge area the cycle path, that had been following an old rail track stopped abruptly and we made our way through some housing estates before running down the side of the A90 towards Dalmeny. From there we threaded through more housing then to the approaches of the bridge.
As we crossed the bridge and climbed gently to its apex, the views over the Forth to the rail bridge were spectacular. From the apex we coasted down the bridge and into Fife. We stopped off in a little cafe in Inverkeithing for a cuppa and small cake. Our intention had been to take the main road to Kinrossto avoid too many hills, but it was very busy with loads of HGVs so we opted to follow a national cycle route through Dunfirmline and Townsend then climbing over the Cleish Hills. It was a hard climb and just as we came out through the trees at the top, to enjoy the twisty decent down to the fields, we saw a rain shower heading our way. It gave us plenty of time to don the waterproofs before it hit but it made the decent a face stinging ordeal rather than the blast we’d looked forward to. By the time we hit level ground it had stopped so we pulled over to shed the wet gear and eat a choccy bar each as we were both feeling in need of more energy for the remaining few miles into Kinross across the fields.
Once in town our B&B was easy to find but it was a pretty overpriced and dismal affair. Two beds crammed into a box room and an ‘en suite’ that one needed to be a contortionist to squeeze in to!
Went for a walk after a cramped shower (such a contrast to the nice big ‘rain shower’ at April and Tony’s). Found a nice hotel with friendly staff who looked after us all night. Nice meal and bar – the Kirklands Hotel.