Hello! And welcome to the last week of our May book club!
If you’re just tuning in, we’ve been reading a book called Free Country , which was recommended by one of my neighbors. We read Days 15-19 this past week and we’re all here to e-chat about them today.
Favorite demeanor: The gals’ at the Korner Kitchen just outside Paisley. “We watched as they flipped bacon and fried eggs, and poured tea with a genuine love and enthusiasm for their job.”
Favorite stretch of road: The Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway. It’s an almost entirely traffic-free, 20-mile route that takes you from Glasgow to Loch Lomond along former railway lines and canal towpaths. Sounds incredible!
Favorite funny: “There were a few sections that deviated through slightly rundown housing estates, but there was never any threat of danger. Ben did have a slight confrontation with a fly that flew into his mouth, but they managed to resolve that between themselves.”
Favorite visual: “Just after Bridge of Orchy we passed Loch Tulla – a mirror-like lake surrounded by windburned heather and a scattering of ancient pine trees.”
Favorite new food: Banoffee pie. “The route book mentioned that the Bridge of Orchy Hotel served a ‘great banoffee pie’, which we fantasized about as we cycled past. Incidentally, a very good friend of mine claims that his Grandma invented banoffee pie. I don’t believe him.”
Day 17 –
Favorite food: “It was an amazing meal, steak pie with delicious chunks of beef, thick gravy, a light puff pastry lid and chunky chips But the highlight for me was the vegetables. Carrots and peas have never tasted so good.”
Favorite monsters: Ness and Lizzie.
Favorite overnight stay: Kingspark Llama Farm – Bed & Breakfast. Who else wants to meet Brian and Mary? 😀
Favorite tour: Glenmorangie Distillery
Fun fact: In 2017, the bicycle brand, Renovo, teamed up with the folks at Glenmorangie, to create the limited-edition bike shown in the photo above. It was constructed from retired whisky casks and you can find the whole article about it here: Renovo + Glenmorangie
Favorite castle Ben & George couldn’t see from the road: Dunrobin Castle
Favorite look back: “At every stage of our journey we were overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the people that we met. Complete strangers went out of their way to offer us food, accommodation, clothes, bikes, directions, beer or conversation.”
Favorite perspective: “It is so easy to disappear to some faraway land, rather than explore all of the beauty right on your doorstep”…”it is amazing what adventures you can have when you step outside your front door. Get out there. Take a look for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. I promise“.
What a fun read! I loved the humor, the sense of adventure, and learning that there are so many easy-going, approachable, and generous people in the world. And because he included so many details, I loved feeling like I was right there on the ride with George and Ben too. Almost makes me want to do something similar in our neck of the world. Almost. 😉
If you have time to comment, I’d love to hear your final thoughts on the book overall too!