God in the detail

So taking a leaf out of Chris’s diary and her advice to write about whatever I want to write about, I should share with you the major cycle expedition which Alison and I did today. Start at Dunning – along the side of the hills to Forgondenny and back through Forteviot – about ten miles with the wind strengthening and the rain coming. This raises two major issues. Are strong headwinds a greater impediment to forward movement than hills? The answer appears to be yes. Does a pub lunch in Dunning, which one requires as a reward for the headwinds, etc., involve the intake of more than the 400 calories expended in dealing with the headwinds? Yes again.


  1. Well thank-you for that. I wonder if there is a sermon version with printouts of elevation [both spiritual and that of the pulpit], duration, headwinds, etc

  2. When we were in Perth on hols in October, the boy and I did a nice circular from Perth via Crieff, Auchterarder, Dunning and back over the hill to Cherrybank. The steep bit at Dupplin house was nearly a killer but we did the 42 miles without too much damage to life and limb.

    The only direction the wind comes from when you are cycling is an againsterly direction.

    Can I recommend http://www.bikely.com as a site for planning these trips. It is a Google maps mashup which allows you to plan and record routes and also to produce a height profile of said route. Very useful in evaluating the headwind/hill ratios.


  3. A pub lunch at Dunning is always a good idea. Especially if you have spent the morning cleaning organ pipes down the road at Forteviot.

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