It's been so long since I've been out on the bike. I also had the perfect excuse for making it a bike outing rather than a hill one - I had a new bike to test out :-) I was very fortunate to do a swap of mountain bikes with my dad. He had treated himself to a Trek 6000 back in September but wasn't getting on with the geometry of it due to his arthritis in his spine. So he got my old Alpine Bikes Ben More which has done a fair few miles and been my trusty commute to work bike for a few years and I got the shiny new Trek. Think I did very well out of it.
|Trek 6000 2011 Version
For this outing Steve decided he'd try out my Cube Nature as the GT has been playing up and we haven't got round to sorting it out yet. As always, the weather man had quite got it right. There were more showers than we had been promised (none) and the wind was a tad more fierce. The route planned wasn't that ambitious anyway so off we set down the NCR 73 heading for Seamill, we knew where we were having lunch. So off we went into the headwind. As we reached the section which is sandwiched between the Firth of Clyde and the railway the evidence from the recent storms was increasing. There has been a lot of coverage of this section on the TV as it makes a good shot with the waves crashing over the trains. Then came the fly in the ointment, ROAD CLOSED. Fortunately for us, the storms had damaged the barriers so we were able to sneak through and saw what had caused the closure.
The lure of The Waterside was strong so on we pedaled. Riding along the shore was certainly exhilarating and bloody hard work so we were more than ready for refuelling when we eventually got there. Afternoon tea for two :-)
|The Afternoon Tea For Two taken on an earlier visit with Craig