Last night’s drizzly weather spilled into Monday. We rode out of the city, a two fingered exchange of hostilities with an impatient van driver being the last unpleasant note of the holiday, out through Old Aberdeen, featuring lovely old houses and picturesque but bumpy cobbled streets. It was several miles before we shook off the last vestiges of the city, and Christine wasn’t cycle fit so we made slow progress through the undulating farmland. The rain stopped for a time but a heavy downpour at Maud dampened our spirits. There was a railway museum at the old station but shuttered with no indication of opening times.
The rain cleared as we approached Turriff and checked into our comfortable B&B, the Deveron Lodge. Neil and Sally recommended an Indian restaurant in the pleasant small town so we walked there for an excellent meal. It wasn’t the most exciting day’s cycling but we’d made a good start.