Sunday, 24 February 2013

Saturday in North Berwick, Sky to Sea fat bike ride...

None of my mates who had planned to get out for a wee ride on the coast could make it on Saturday,
A midday (1.35pm) high tide combined with some sunshine meant there would be a few people out enjoying the afternoon on the narrow high tide coastline..

So i thought where to go for a wee play?. the grassy single track along side both East and West Golf Courses is fun, but Saturdays usually mean a lot of Golf out...
So i looked up and had a plan... head up the Law!...

On route and past the old Doocot (Dove-cot)  Pigeons were once bred and kept in such buildings when they were once part of the diet of people...



Around the Law is some nice single track, walked regularly by people it is this now dry and hard packed, 100mm fatbike cranks are a bit wide for its width...


I am easily reminded i am now nearly 42 and not 21 as i tried cycling up here!,
I used to ride about 50 -75% of the climb, ha ha ha! no chance these days!,
So i just pushed most of the way and soaked up the views...


And what views, despite some cloud it is always a fantastic view of our little County of East Lothian...



Fibreglass replicas today, Whales Jaw Bones have stood on North Berwick Law since 1709...


613feet (187 meters)...
Life is indeed for living!...

You can see for miles out across the North Sea...



The Law has been used as a lookout for hundreds of years through troubled times,
From the Napoleonic Wars ...



And the First and Second World Wars...



Troop carrier on the Law during WW2!...

I usually would not ride down the Law on a fat bike as the paths are grass and often real slippy, now with the new Surly Nate tyres grip is no problem.

DO NOT SKID if you ride down the path as it is a very fragile path constantly under repair from the erosion of thousands of pairs of feet a year that climb to see the amazing views...
Also it is a shared path, often with families, and as cyclists know children walk and run sideways never looking where they are going!...

So i cruised down on the brakes, thinking `Why not descend all the way to the sea?` so i did!

Had to edit it for the lenght so cut out the riding through the housing...
Oh and watch out for rouge tides if your cycling around the Victorian Model Boating pond wall at high tide! -:)

Song is `Intro (the MnMiXX - Long Version )`  by ` The XX`
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6 comments:

  1. ....At almost 42 you are still a youngster compared to me :-)) Seriously though it does make a difference doesn't it... The combined age of my 5 man 10in10 cycling team is just over 300yrs which just makes a bigger challenge Lol

    -Trevor

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  2. The ground also gets harder the older you get Trevor! lol

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  3. Hi CK! I was reminded of my age yesterday too as I attempted a hill I hadn't done in 20 years. I did have to walk a couple of time.
    DummyDiva

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  4. Great post very smooth with chest cam. You cooled down yet Lol

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  5. Thanks Kellie and Stuart,

    The chest cam makes you pedal a real smooth cadence, or you end up with the film bobbing up and down!

    Also had i had the side straps real tight but it stops your lungs getting full air intake a bit, hence the sweating when i met you after wards Stuart!

    when i rode around the boating pond wall i heard some up at the Seabird centre shout to someone `Loook at that nutter cycling around there` lol

    Danny Macaskill rode around the wall on his ` Way Back Home` film, albeit with more skill!

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