Friday, 22 June 2018

21st June, The Longest day; Solstice Cycle...

Sunrise 04.24am


The 21st dawned a stunning day, i got up early and walked out to watch the sunrise and the day dawned with a big blue sky with drifting light cloud, 


By midday it was warm, esp if in a sheltered area...


We finished a 3 day project at work building a picket fence and gate across the front of the gardens...


Home time and after a wee visit to see M, i went for my Solstice cycle,
This year i chose local trails around Gullane and an xc route around Gullane Hill...

Saltcoats...


Old railway track to Gullane...





Onto `Drem Ride`  then gravel to Luffness farm...











Short road section of a half mile or so then down the trail to Bickertons tomb and the Postman's Walk to Aberlady Village...



Short half mile out of the village by road and across the bridge over to the Reserve...




A right turn after the bridge and the old road to Gala law, though would turn off before then and take the Water Works service station road that leads onto the former WW2 Army metal road leading to Gullane Point...


From the cliffs above the coast i climbed up to Gullane Hill, soaked up the views then dropped down to Gullane village and stopped in at the ruins of the old church...






Ride done it was home and fire up the chimenia and open a Cider,  walking out to the Railway to view the sunset...

Sunset 10.02pm


Sitting out to nearly midnight the sky was still light...


Been a long day, hence film edited and blog wrote up following day!

Here is my Solstice film for 2018
Song is `Tower Seven` by Thievery Corperation


Solstice Cycle; 21st June 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...










Thursday, 21 June 2018

Midweek Cycle; 29+ Sandy Singletrack...


Gathering clouds and prolonged rain on it`s way saw me do a double quick cycle after work.
With the light gone for decent photos i just filmed today with the chest cam mounted Go Pro, stopping to do a couple of panoramic views as i rode down to Yellowcraig and along to Freshwaterhaven Bay then up to Gullane...













Here is some film from Archerfield down and along to Freshwaterhaven Bay,
Song is `Wide Open` by The Crystal Method


Surly KramPug 29+; Sandy Singletrack, June 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



From the coast i had a deserted trail all the way up to Gullane so be daft not to film it!,
The short climbs just firm enough due to recent rain to climb and clean on 29+ wheels...
Where was everyone???  nice to get quiet trails, 5 O`clock world...
Here is a wee bit film, song is `Troubled Son` by Working For A Nuclear Free City


Surly KramPug29 ;  BB Trail, 20th June 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Into Gullane then double back to the van and job done, an hour after getting home the rain was on and  i was happy to get out!..

More soon...

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Life in the Rain...


Saturday Craig got in touch to go for a short pedal to stretch the legs.  With Motorbike racing and the annual Seacliff Horse Endurance ride on this weekend i would struggle to do an off road ride from HQ but managed a fun route that did nor interrupt  horses and  we rode some stuff you never see other tyre tracks on...


It was raining heavy when we left HQ/Returned leaving around NB when ok to film, so elsewhere the Go Pro was used for stills...


The Exmoor Ponies on NB law...



NB Observer Corps Monitoring Post... Bunker door welded shut...



Space Invaders...



Drem Airfield and M was out riding and we chatted a bit before heading as the skies darkened to the west...




Big clouds of rain grew closer as we spun the pedals back to HQ...



Spits of rain at our heels...


Made it home just as the heavens opened for the next hour or so we sat drinking hot tea feeling a bit smug we beat the rain back as it thudded off the lean too roof...


Here is some film from today, song is `Life in the Rain` by Quantic...


Rain Cycle; June 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon..