Monday, 25 June 2018

Bullet The Blue Sky...

Scorchio, sunny, Singlespeed, Sunday...
The start of a weeks forecasted heat wave...a heat wave in Scotland!, really???
After a Mornings Gardenimg i spun down to meet up with M at West Fenton via trails af usual with not interest in cycling on tarmac these days i want to get away from cars and the general public when out cycling...




Lovely Small Holding at Drem for sale...










Spitfire corner...



M, with Jonny...



The afternoon was getting warmer when i rode home an hour later..








To hit 22 Celsius today!...


More soon...

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Run to the Hills... Saturday xc cycle...



Saturday we rode to Lammerlaw after a load of lovely trails through woods and Estates up to the Hopes... Weather was cooler inland than forecast but the breeze was welcome once climbing onto the Lammermuirs.
After a coffee i set off along with Craig and Jason  following Colin who showed me some trails i never new existed and joined together other trails i have rode, some a long time ago...







Lovely to see (and hear) an old BSA twin out enjoying the day...



Loads of trails later we popped out at the road down to the Hopes Reservoir...


Film 1;  Woodland Trails to Hopes
Song is `I Wish` by Jane Weaver


Woodland Trailride; 23rd June 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



Lammermuirs waited as we zoomed down into the valley, then climbed up to the dam and sat a while chatting and chilling, before the big climb of the day that waited for us...







Up there we go...


Up on the Moor...




Film 2; Hopes to Lammerlaw
Song is `Fall Out` by The Police


Hopes to Lammerlaw Trailride; 23rd June 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


The views up on Lammerlaw were a bit hazy but it was still nice to be up here again and see the view over the flat (from up here)  farmland of East Lothian and the view across the Forth to Fife...

Soon time for the big descent of the day, i followed Colin down to film and watching the film you will see a very well ridden cross country bike, my Surly Wednesday was in it`s element with saddle dropper used and the forks and big bars and 29+ wheels taming the loose rocks,
Half way down after filming Colin i unleashed the beast and honked past, has to be the best handling hard tail bike i have owned for riding like this...





Here is film of the descent, 5 mins of fun!

Song is `Post-Modern Sleeze` by Sneaker Pimps


Lammer Law Desent; 23rd  June 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Time for Tea and Cake at Gifford then trails back to Town and 28 odd miles today, superb!


More soon...



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...