I decided to make the most of yet another weather window of opportunity. This time I was going to be a wee bit adventurous and do a section of the National Cycle Network that I haven't done so far. It's still part of Route 7. I swithered about which direction I should tackle this but in the end decided that for logistical reasons it would be Lochwinnoch to Kilwinning due to the fact that the trains are only one an hour and I really didn't fancy hanging about to wait for a train at the end of this ride as I had no idea how I would do on it. The reason for the slight apprehension, this section has undulations!!!!! The rehab up until now has not involved any real hills of any description on foot or bike so this was going to be a real eye opener. I knew I could do the distance but was unsure how the knee would take going up hill. Only one way to find out and I do have to get those quads back to full functioning to load bear.
It all started swimmingly. The section out of Lochwinnoch uses disused railway and would have been a doddle except for the strong headwind. I used the excuse of stopping for a photo of Barr Castle to catch my breath and take in the scenery. On restarting I took a much more measured pace after all there were hills coming up.
To be honest the hills weren't really that bad, its just the combination of being very unfit and not used to the whole uphill thing that meant that during the section from Glengarnock and Kilwinning I ended up walking up two of the steeper hills. Something to gauge my progress on. So this may have ended up being a lot harder a session than initially intended but the endorphins made up for it :-D Fingers crossed there's no major kick back