Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Days One and Two in The Saddle

Internet cafe service has been limited. Dunkeld had service for WiFi, however traveling light and not owning a laptop has been problematic in this regard. Petlochry has an Internet cafe, from which this post is being set. 

Day one was mostly rolling hills similar to Washington County, Oregon, approximately 26.5 miles. Day two, I encountered steeper hills, and was temporary confused with the directions and map provide, approximately 16 miles including retracing my tracks. Other than that, the ride was uneventful. Scotland has a national bicycling network which is quite extensive and well marked.

I made it to the Edradour Distillery, the smallest in Scotland. They make approximately 10,000 liters a month. Where as the more known distilleries make three to ten times that a day. Much of the methods and terminology is the same as making beers and ales, the only difference is the distilling process, which entails turning the liquid into vapors to eliminate impurities (lye), then capturing and cooling the vapors returning it to a liquid. Maybe a new hobby?

After leaving Edradour Distillery, I stopped at the Moulin Inn, established 1648, had supper, enjoyed their freshly brewed Bravehart ale and 12 year cast strength Edradour whisky.  

Wahington County?

Dunkeld Cathedral, 1318

Dunkeld Cathedral Interior

Bagpipper made of engine parts

Enroute to Pitlochry

Part of the National Scotish Bicycle network.

Approaching Pitlochry

Last night's supper: Pan fried vension with raspberry and corrant sauce, herb and butter new potatoes and sauted vegetables. Yum, yum, yum!

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