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The "I had a lovely ride today, thankyou" thread

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  • Started 8 years ago by kaputnik
  • Latest reply from LaidBack

  1. fimm
    Member

    @HankChief very nice. Looks like a good hill too.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    Stow coach road was possibly best ever this morning, sunny but cool, frost on grass but not on road. No traffic , wind from the east (though it was to turn later). Big hare in field just through the fence. Brazen fox on the road ahead. Many pheasant, dead and Alive. Then on the Gilston Glen road, a couple of quail, then a deer came up from the hanging valley, louped the fence, skipped on the ashphalt for a second or two on then jumped the next fence.

    We bowled down to Humbie Hub. The hub has nailed its colours to the mast. The Hub is against Brexit and prominent Brexiteers and has put up a number of placards to this effect.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. HankChief
    Member

    Took the opportunity at teatime to satisfy my itch to see what Gaick pass was like.

    It is bleak. And with a headwind, no heat in the sun and wet feet from the fords, it was bitterly cold.

    But I made it :-)

    Its landrover track for the most part but the section along the side of Loch an Duin is just a narrow path along the side of a steep mountain side. There was a bit of bike pushing where I got feart, but kudos to IWRATs for taking a bike plus trailer along it. (& writing about it so eloquently in his book - has he mentioned that he's written a book?).

    The return trip was a joy as the gentle hand of a tailwind pushed me forward over the technical bits and I made it home before dark.

    I will miss the isolation when I return to Edbra

    Posted 1 month ago #
  4. chdot
    Admin

  5. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    Nothing like as remote as the Gaik but came back from a round trip to England through the Lammermuirs on Sunday. The sky was black with rain clouds but they kept moving off to the north. Lots of noisy lambs. Cow parsley, Lesser stitchwort. Last trace of spring before the bealach was a drift of mountain pansies, yellow and purple. After that it could still have been mid-winter. Green grass shoots were the only evidence of spring. No adders this time, not even squashed ones. But a curlew and some peewits. Women walked with creels of herring on their backs to here from Dunbar - on their way to Lauder. In a day.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  6. gembo
    Member

    @cyclingmollie, you been at that Hidden Ways book too?

    Elephant at Clovingfords above Galashiels is my favourite

    Posted 5 days ago #
  7. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    @gembo yes, that's the very book.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  8. Arellcat
    Moderator

    After a trip to Screwfix and Lidl and a chat with Alf C at lunchtime, I took the old railway path east from Penicuik. I'd only ever walked a couple of bits of it. It was sunny and quiet and warm and green and lovely.

    The Peacock butterflies and horse riders were all out on the path through to Auchendinny and Rosslyn Castle station. I came back through Roslin Glen and the switchback road northwards was just as tough I remembered!

    Posted 2 days ago #
  9. sallyhinch
    Member

    Took a select bunch of participants at the KM Rally out for a pootle through the back roads of Dumfries and Galloway with a stop at Loch Arthur for lunch. It was almost obscenely lovely - sunny but not too hot, the may in full flower, cow parsley getting going, the leaves on the trees all fresh and green, practically no traffic and even the tractor drivers gave us room. No swifts, but we climbed Drumcoltran Tower and watched the house martins from above as they sallied around its walls. Perfect.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  10. Greenroofer
    Member

    @Arellcat - was this on the Elephant Bike, which would make that switchback challenging...

    Posted 2 days ago #
  11. Arellcat
    Moderator

    No, I was on my sparkly purple recumbent, which is really the bike I like the most. It has just about enough gears for everything.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  12. bill
    Member

    Yesterday went to join IWRATS and Iain McR who kindly let me tag along with them for the first day of their Capital Trail trip. We started from Portobello where I enjoyed the view of a sunny beach and some crazy people swimming in the sea. Once we set off we followed a range of quiet roads and paths (glad IWARTS knew where to go, so Iain and I could just follow him!). The weather was great -- plenty of sunshine, light breeze. We arrived at Gifford for our lunch stop at around 11am and enjoyed our breakfast rolls followed by some cake/slice. First time in life I have had lemon and coconut slice -- yum!

    Soon after Gifford we left the tarmac/nice paths and headed for the hills. Each of us was trying to cycle as far as we could but then the legs were giving up and we were pushing the bikes. On the downhills the boys were doing a lot better than me but they always kindly waited for me to catch up! Later on we had to ford some burns. Seeing the boys just cycling though them I thought I would give it a go as well but sadly my technique is not quite there yet and end up stopping half way through and getting wet anyway.

    We arrived at Lauder at about 3.30pm and went for a snack. We enjoyed paninis/toasties and another lemon and coconut slice. From there I decided to head back home while the boys were heading over hills to Galashiels from their night.

    I decided to go over to Stow and stay close the train line in case I got tired. As soon as I started the climb over to Stow could feel my legs were already very tired. From Stow I planned to follow the cycling route parallel to A7 but I remembered the route from 4 years ago when in January I went to pick up a second-hand bike from from Galashiels. It was my first bike in Scotland and the train line was under construction so I had to cycle back home. I remember that the route kept going up and down. So yesterday as soon as that route started going up, I gave up and I went back onto A7. The traffic wasn't too bad and I really appreciated its flatness and smooth tarmac.

    I made it home at about 7.30pm totally knackered and walked round the block to get my Strava up to 125.0km. Mr Bill welcomed me with a huge glass of lemon lime & bitters which tasted amazing after such a sunny and warm day.

    It was a great day out! My longest ever ride in a single day. I saw my first ever red kite and I will be making some of that lemon and coconut slice today.

    Huge thanks to IWRATS and Iain McR! And good luck to them with the rest of the Capital trail.

    Iain pointing out our track (right hand side of the image):
    CapitalTrail_ThatWay by Bill Harriman, on Flickr

    Posted 1 day ago #
  13. gembo
    Member

    @bill, nice write up, lot of firsts several citrus related facts, glad a7 quiet, the coach road out of stow is lovely but as you say up and down. I guess everyone went that way before the A7 was built. Of course if that is wrong I imagine a correction will be issued promptly. Mr Bill's drink sounds good, I might put a gin in it? Or if teetotal a Seedlip alcohol free gin (the garden one, the others are gash). Though I am always tempted to put a gin in that too. I noticed in Scotmid that they are selling rhubarb tonic water. Tempted. Obviously I will put a gin in that,

    I was out west this morning on my lonesome. Spotted a young deer giving it's last breath, clipped by a car I guess, pointed it out to Balerno mum and child as they were about to encounter it. Interestingly gone 'Pon my return.

    Just after that, three chaps overtook me slowly so I sucked their wheels. Turned out I knew one of them. Down at the dog trust road they were going straight over to fauldhouse then fala hill et cetera. I was going left so would have been back fighting the wind alone except the clarion came by and I sucked their wheels until auchengray. Almost ended in disaster as I said I am turning right here and they said So Are We. So I turned right but err they didn't. Chap maybe unaware of the fresh Tarmac of the mud road and was turning right just after auchengray and crossing railway on level crossing, whereas mud road has a bridge.

    Anyway three of my amigos who I had been bigging up to The Clarion for cycling from Stranraer to John O' Groats this weekend also suddenly appeared. So I abandoned mud road and chased down my amigos. Turned out they had cycled Stranraer to Balerno yesterday and went out for another 100 miler today but not to JOG. One had a mechanical and they were killing time waiting for Pedal Power in West Calder to open. I tagged along. We then went to fauldhouse after the mechanical was fixed. They then went over fala hill whereas I went to headless cross and then Climpy, forth, Braehead and Carnwath, apple pie as per.

    So a curious morning all round.

    Posted 1 day ago #
  14. LaidBack
    Member

    @bill - nothing better than getting your own guides on that.

    Amazing how much energy you can use navigating (wrongly). Ask Mrs LB about the Kattegatteleden!

    Looks like a fine day out on part of the Capital Trail. Great effort with the reward of cake stop or two.
    The 'old coach road' running from Clovenfords past Stow to Heriot has high energy requirements in places. Outing there with @nonbrakes resulted in me opting out onto the A7 at Fountainhall!

    Posted 1 day ago #

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