Sunday, 8 May 2016

Surly Wednesday rock crawling; Gin Head Point to Seacliff...


Saturday dawned overcast and a cold easterly - its` either this or cracking weather with big blue skies of big flat bottom fluffy clouds drifting across and out to sea here!,
With the new Sram X5 cranks fitted to the Surly Wednesday on Friday evening when i got home from work i am happy with the chain clearance now in the lowest gear- i will post how i set it all up to work next week,
8.45am was a 0.4 meter low spring tide so i decided to head down to Canty Bay and ride the hardest section of coast here in East Lothian from Canty Bay eastwards across the exposed rocks below Gin Head and Tantallon to Seacliff Harbour. It`s a seriously techie rock crawling cycle and a certain level of danger and you could be cut off below the cliffs at high tide if you ran into trouble here, so i did post on Facebook i was riding here and at what time, so if i did not post up any pics later in the day then maybe, maybe someone would come along to see if there was a free Fatbike for grabs... :D




Within the first section of rocks through to Canty Bay i knew i would be walking a lot of sections  with the amount of seaweed, of course afterwards it was mentioned to me about all the Spring high tides of late being reason for the greasy surface - infact in places it was like ice, and i was on my backside and elbows a few times on the ride when walking, i always seemed to manage to stop riding before i hit the greasy bits! ....



The dreaded green slime...


Big crankshaft still in the rocks...




Gin head...


The site will make the ultimate dream location coastal house on day...

GIN HEAD from Claire Lloyd on Vimeo.


But seems a shame it will be forgotten for its crucial Radar development of `Windows` during WW2 that would save thousands of Allied lives during the Normandy landings in June 1944...



Onwards around Gin Head...





Tantallon Castle in the distance...


Gin Head...






On to the next bay and around the point below Tantallon...







Sea of rock...



The delicate fragile flowers are a stark contrast to the harshness of the coast here...






One of Jack Dales creels washed up,  i lifted it up away from the high tide line along with another creel...



More slippery seaweed , take it easy and it`s rideable, i backed off the Avid BB& brakes so they would not lock up to easy...





More grip here from the barnacles...




Nearly at Seacliff...


Short hike - a -bike across this lot first...


And made it!...




The Surly Wednesday is proving to be a great fatback...
Will post an update next week...

Here is some film i shot it`s a bit dull with the overcast grey sky,
Song is `Captain Coull`s Parrot` by Scottish band  Peat Bog Faries...

Surly Wednesday; Rock crawling; Gin Head rocks to Seacliff from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...

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