Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Summer Low tides...


"Early bird catches the worm"...  and the low tide -:)



Up early and down to Gullane to catch a very low for summer 0.5 meter tide...
There is something about riding across land exposed twice a day, somewhere that 6 hours later will disappear under sometimes 8 feet of water, and very low tides allow new routes across tidal sand flats and often reveal things you do not often see.
This mornings ride i have done before a few times but today was a first as i managed to ride the full 8 km along the low tide line from Gullane Point to Port Seaton and ride below the rocks at Ferny Ness and out across to the line of rocks called Long Craigs at Port Seaton.
Riding the Surly Moonlander the exposed rippled sand flats were smooth to ride over, i expected the Peffer Estuary to be  wheel depth but was very shallow and only hub depth.
Out there you are always in sight of the coastline and never more than 2 KM away at the most from Tarmac but it feels a world away. Just the noise of the lapping waves and birds along the shoreline which drown out the distant roar of the A1 road into Edinburgh. Was a great solo ride...

Aberlady Bay...

Common seals...

Peffer Estuary...


Gosford Bay...



Looking back...

And inland to Green Craig...

Ferny Ness...



Good riding here for the Moonlander...




Seaton Sands...


 Long Craigs...



4 hours later returning around Kilspindie and Aberlady Bay is 3/4 full an hour from high tide....


Here is some helmet cam footage shot on the Go Pro. click on 720p to view in HD

Song is `Poppy Seed` by Boards of Canada

4 comments:

  1. Great post as always....
    I really like your 4th photo (Aberlady Bay) a very good image capture.....

    -Trevor

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  2. Agree with Trevor, that is one I had to click to enlarge. Beautiful.

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  3. Good post and pics Bruce, don't think I've seen the tide that far out at Long Craigs before. I'll need to keep an eye out for the next low tide and see how far I can get out at Fisherrow, always wanted to cycle through the River Esk estuary too. I'm liking the Lobster Pot pics the most although the dirty bike is also nice... :)

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