Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Friday Afternoon Coastride...


Friday early finish at work and a classic East Lothian coastal sky; blue! with big drifting clouds,
I rode down to the coast  through Archerfield and stopped by Driftwood...







Here is a film riding here then along the coast...
Song is `Break To The Future` by Phontaine


Coastrider; Sandy Singletrack; Archerfield; Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



Riding across the rocks below Marine Villa i got caught out and had an over the bars moment!, ok but a bruised arm next day!,
Here is a chest cam film across the rocks, including the crash!
Song is `Break To The Future` by Phontaine...


Coastrider; Marine Villa rocks; Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Was a cracking afternoon with superb light along the coast...



Lovely large section of Oak wood washed in...


More erosion at Yellowcraig from recent high tides....


And along Broadsands at the east end the chestnut fence has been ripped out...




Constantly moving sands here...


Trashed bridge...


More soon...

Monday, 14 October 2019

More chest cam films from last week...

As per title, with the coast so quiet last Tuesday being so windy, after i left the Reserve and cycled east to Archerfield beach i just left the chest cam filming and have edited up some films;

The Chest cam view gives a good on bike view experience, so pour yourself a Beer/Cider/Wine,  or make yourself a cup of tea, or coffee, sit back, relax and let me do the peddling...

East from the Reserve and the sandy single track from Gullane Point to Gullane sands,
Song is `Hungry Face` by Mogwai...

Coastrider; Sandy Singletrack; Gullane Point; Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



Leaving the Reserve it was then onto Gullane Sands and only one dog walker out!, Song is `Wide Open` by The Crystal Method...

Coastrider; Gullane sands... Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.




Onto the rocks and singletrack towards Freshwaterhaven beach,
Song is `Motor Wizard` by Mogwai...

 





And lastly heading back to the van at Gullane and along `Bake Bean` trail,
Song is `Picking It Up` by Phontaine

Coastrider; Bake Bean Trail;  Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon from weekend past...

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Sandstorm cycle...




It was a surreal sight across the Reserve as the sands blew across below the dunes and whipped up onto the dunes adding slowly to the dunes as has been going on for at least 75 years now...


It was a very slow winch into the gale in low gears as the sand raced by below me...



Fantastic light...




Love it out here on days like this...


Film riding out into the wind to the Reserve Point,  Song is `Scrap` by Mogwai


Coastrider; Sandstorm Beachride; Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


The ride back along the beach was fun, i was flying with the tail wind!, keeping pace with the sand blowing in big waves with the gusts. with the Go Pro reverse view on the bike it captures the tracks disappearing in the sand and the light reflected on the sand,



Another wee film looking back, Song is `Semena Mertvykh` by Boards of Canada


Sandstorm Cycle; Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Ace fun...


More soon...

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Gullane Hill, Summit to sea...


Tuesday last week saw the start of a real windy week, typical of the time of year, i made several films on a cycle after work, here is the first one.
Cycling up Whim Road from Gullane village gets you quickly up onto Gullane Hill out of the wind which was gusting at 40mph!...


Views across the Forth were clouded today but i could see the sands blowing out at the Reserve point and planned to head there for some film...

The First Trail;
I call this descent from the top of Gullane to the WW2 anti tank blocks on Gullane cliffs such as it was the first trail i rode on a mountain bike back in Autumn 1987 when i cycled newly acquired Raleigh Maverick SE ATB (All Terrain Bicycle) as it was badged back from North Berwick and amazed at it`s low gearing cycled up Gullane Hill road to the top i then rode around to the Reserve and home with a big grin-the worm had turned for me right then...
Fast forward to my first Surly Pugsley and a true go nearly anywhere All Terrain Bicycle, the rest is documented on this blog...

The trail today has not changed much, a shell covered Golf Course track descends around the Quarry and the single track trail has some marker posts but it more or less remains unchanged...


The WW2 Anti Aircraft concrete base circle now has a walled seat built on it and the WW2 Air raid shelter that was near the site is now demolished and gone but the vies still remain the same...




Take the right hand side trail here or you will encounter a drop of a foot or so, with a narrow landing it would be sketchy to do today in this gale force wind...



Onto the beach under the cliff...


Next post along to the Reserve Point in the sandstorm that was blowing...

Film of the First trail, Song is `Lend Me Your Love` by Slackstring


Surly Pugsley' Gullane Hill; Summit to sea descent; Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Cycle to the sub wrecks...



Weekend and with heavy rain forecast for Sunday i decided better get out Saturday when still dry,
The day dawned with an angry sky...


Mid morning and down through the woods towards Gullane...





Onto the beach and some big waves breaking on the rocks at the west end of Gullane bay...



The sand was real firm and smooth despite all the high/low tides and sand that has been moved in recent weeks...





With grippy soles the Five-Ten  Canyoneer boots enable to walk safely across the greasy wet rocks and i did a bit wave watching for a while...







Wee film, Song is `Garden` by Phontaine


Cycle to Gullane beach; Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Moving on and if the sand was as smooth as this west of Gullane Point it would be worth while riding out to the sub wrecks in Aberlady bay...




Was perfect, firm and smooth...








Easterly Sub...






Westerly Sub...








The blog post on the Sub wrecks is the most popular blog post to date,  it has been updated a few times including recently when the film of the live fire experiment in 1946 was published on YouTube,
You can read more here on that post if interested;

XT Class Submarine Wrecks, Aberlady Bay



Wee film here today, Song is `Cold Earth` by Boards of Canada


Cycle to the Sub wrecks; Oct 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Heading back east and once again the rocks under Gullane cliffs have enough sand cover to be able to cycle through here again...


Along an unusually near deserted Gullane sands...




And at Freshwaterhaven i turned inland back to the van,  a nice wee cycle on the coast...


More soon...