Dreich is a fine Scottish adjective meaning dull when related to weather. It was definitely dreich as I set out this morning on my training ride – a good test for my wet weather clothing – waterproof overshoes, waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket, waterproof gloves and topped of with a waterproof helmet cover. I was also checking whether my luggage carriers were waterproof (thanks to brother Guy for the loans). Everything worked fine I may well change the gloves though – they proved very difficult to get back on once I took them off.

It stopped raining after an hour and a half, though it remained cold (around 2C) for the rest of the day. I had decided to do 100 km today – stretching my training a bit. It went well, but there are too many closed cafes in Aberdeenshire at the moment.

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