Day 5 – Kinross to Bathgate; 28th June 2023

After yesterday’s long day, a relatively shorter and flatter affair from Kinross to Bathgate near Livingston; 89km and 690m ascent and into the latest ness – Bo’ness.

It wasn’t raining, which was a bonus today.  After a bit of a lie-in, I left just after ten and, after a brief sprint along the A91, turned off to meander my way along fast or undulating back roads south.  I did go through Coldrain – more appropriate for yesterday’s ride but still, the rain held off.  Eventually, I dropped down to meet Sue in the delightful village of Culross on the banks of the Forth.   Cobbles everywhere, including rounded ones, made cycling a rather hazardous affair.  A coffee and cake in the Biscuit Café.

Sue stayed to explore, and I pressed on towards the Kincardine bridge over the river and into Falkirk.  First to visit Brian at The Cycle Jersey, who made my jerseys and gilet but also makes all the My Name’5 Doddie merchandise too and is a strong supporter of the MND community.

It was the off to the Kelpies and lunch by which time the rain had stopped.  After a brief photo shoot there, it was off along the river to Bo’ness via Grangemouth.  The climbing started here as I made my way to Linlithgo and up and over the hills via Bee Craigs Country Park – long steep hills –  to eventually drop into Bathgate and see the good folk at Primus-Silva.  

After 20 minutes in the hotel we booked, we escaped and booked into another!  Day 5 complete and feeling good.

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