Day 23 – Wednesday 15th April

  • 60 minutes plus 5 minutes’ cooldown level 10 (bike 1)
  • Max heart rate = 163 bpm
  • Calories = 613 (total so far 7303)
  • Distance covered = 20.05
  • Total distance so far = 250.55

In the hope of working off some Easter egg and hot cross bun energy, I set myself a target of getting over 600 calories today. I pushed bike 1 up another level to 10 (just a few weeks ago I could only manage 20 minutes at this level).

My music choice for today was Michael Jackson’s No.1s and despite the distraction of David moonwalking around the gym (sorry no pictures!) I achieved my target and used 613 calories and still kept the mileage above 20. 

You Rock My World and You Are Not Alone were good beats here but the most appropriate for me was Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough!

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I’m still following the River Garry as it merges into the River Tummel and then the River Tay, taking me through Pitlochry.

Once a tiny settlement, a visit by Queen Victoria in 1842 to nearby Blair Castle, followed by the arrival of the railway in 1863, put it firmly on the map and it has developed into a bustling and attractive town.  

Rivers, lochs, mountains and a wide range of hotels and restaurants make it a great holiday destination and if all that hiking, biking and golf becomes too much it’s not short on distilleries either. You can take whisky tours at Blair Atholl and Edradour and although not usually a beer drinker, I was rather drawn to the delightful and romantic Moulin Hotel. The Moulin Inn first opened its doors in 1695 and opened its tiny brewery in 1995.

Brewery tours are sometimes available and the ale is always stocked in the little bar with tastings if requested. 

My final destination for today is the tiny hamlet of Waterloo, a name somewhat at odds with the other delightfully quirky place names I have passed through so far. Local opinion is divided on the origin of the name. Most agree that the hamlet was named after the Battle of Waterloo. However, some say it was named Waterloo because it was settled by soldiers returning from the battle, while others assert that it was given the name because the hamlet was built for the widows of the soldiers who did not return from the battle. Another of those mysteries lost in time.