Friday, 16 August 2019

Midweek Cycle; back on the coast...


Been a real busy last 5 or 6 weeks with work,  2 Scottish Open`s and a lot of hard work with the wet weather and the early/late hours, though we were rewarded with a lot of overtime - that is saved for a future long term toy i have always wanted...

So the blog has been posting previous rides that were scheduled...
Back onto regular working hours of early starts and afternoon finishes and after split shifts for several weeks it`s great to get out and about in the afternoons again, despite the showery weather,
July has been recorded as the wettest here on record, and by August 13th we had exceeded July`s rain fall!, one day we had 30mm of rain in under 12 hours, that is nuts!,

So with the trails now a bit muddy away from the coast and many seriously overgrown with grass and stinging weeds as seen in some previous posts last month i`m just cycling on the coast now until the main harvest kicks in, the other evening after work i headed down to Yellowcraig and a receding tide, to cycle along to Archerfield beach, where i had a look at the two small caves as been a while since i have been in them...



The steps someone made a few years ago are still there on the westerly cave but the caves are both filling up now with drifting sand...



Same with the easterly cave,  no one has recorded evidence of why the wall was built at this cave,who by,  or for what purpose...





Back on the bike and a cycle across the sands and then some beachcombing on foot though did not find anything to take home...






Heading back to the van and the usual weather patterns of the last 6 weeks-blues skies in one direction...


And a heavy downpour coming in the other direction...


Wee film, Song is `I Should` by Phontaine


Surly Pugsley Beachride; August 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Midweek Cycle; More green lanes...


More green lanes again today and i cycled up past Pencaitland from Longniddry,


This old Weigh Bridge is stamped `Henry Pooly & Son, dated 1939,




On through Boggs Holdings and Winton Estate and beyond...









One of many Mines marked around the area which once used the railways here...


This track was a bit overgrown but not to long to slog through, then onto a better track...



I was heading to Peaston Farm for some pics at the old row of cottages


Sadly they are being renovated as were very scenic, though this is not surprising as East Lothian continues to expand everywhere with houses...


Some 1980`s nostalgia lying in rubbish cleared out a house...



I rode a loop on tracks  back to the old farm to return to Pencaitland....




Wee film to here...
Song is `Seeya Later - 2014` by Boards of Canada


Surly KramPug IGH; Greenlaning (3) from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

From Pencaitland it was more trails through Winton Estate to join some of the old railway lines to Macmerry...




Crossing the A1 it was another old green road down towards Longniddry...


Big Sky day in the Shire...



A nice cycle,

More soon...

Friday, 9 August 2019

Midweek Cycle; Gullane with Jake dog...



Ride from a couple of weeks ago with Jake Dog at Gullane, a lovely summer day, high pressure, showers passing over the coast made for big sky views, Kite surfers out in the strong wind,
A wee play on rocks while Jake hunted for sticks to carry...










Wee film, Song is `Hungry Face` by Mogwai


Beachride at Gullane with Jake Dog; June 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Greenlaning...



I do enjoy cycling old roads, they are old links often from remote areas to villages and towns, or once served a specific purpose in a previous local industrial era.
This old road skirting the eastern side of Gosford Estate linked the farms of Spittal and Lochill, and a nearby Quarry at Redhouse Dean with the village of Aberlady. it may have been used by residents of the farm to attend school or church in the village, and probably used by those also attending dances in the village Drill Hall or nights out in the village pubs...

Leaving Aberlady the old road is an access track to Hungry House on the Estate which is straight ahead on the picture above as the route of the old road turns left to follow the field edge,
Hungry House is now undergoing a rebuild but you can read about some of the houses history and possibly it`s most well known local tenant - the former Gamekeeper here in a previous blog post;

Hungry House

Some of the green road is indeed green by mid summer! handlebar height vegetation took some battling to cycle through!,  geared bikes would have clogged cassettes here but an Alfine Internal Gear Hub (IGH) with direct drive chain means no issues with getting through here...


The road soon passes through `6 Acre Wood`...





Then out along the side of a field again, past this old rusting style for a long gone fence...


Before nature preservation grants the track here was overgrown and walking here as a teenager i kicked an old tin in the long grass, picking it up i kept it and years later via the Internet i learned of this tins story and how it had belonged to someone who served in the horrors of WW1,
You can read about the tin here on a previous blog post;

An old tin with a story...



Across the burn


Onto a harder track now...






Ahead the present main road and Railway past the farms..


First though a short workout through long grass...


Again the Alfine hubs drive chain had no problems with wrap from grass...


And the final climb up to the end of our old road...



Journeys end...or start to an old road that is lightly used these days...


Wee film of this old road, Song is `Wash` by Phontaine


Surly KramPug IGH;  Green Lanes (1) from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



Moving on and a mile east on the present road to Ballencrieff, and look at this Wheat field flattened  with the recent wet weather,  starting to see many fields like this in the last few days...


Another harvested Winter Barley field...


Along the road is another old road across to Myrton,
Here is another wee film of the green road from Ballencrieff across to Myrton,
Song is `Fragments` by Thievery Corporation


Surly KramPug IGH; Greenlanes (2)  July 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

The old Gullane Branch line is seen clearly here where it has not been ploughed up,  thinking it could be possible to ride the entire line on harvested fields if they are all cut at the same time, don`t think that has been done before...


Good bike this for this type of cycling with the raised bottom bracket  an inch higher giving more pedal clearance and loads of tyre clearance for mud with 29+ wheels fitted, and no mech to clog with undergrowth but also gears,

It earn`s it`s keep well...



More soon...