Monday, 26 September 2016

Sunride...Sunrise...


No need for many words on this mornings sunrise at 7am...






More soon...

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Racing the High Tide...



Out early on the coast this morning to get along to Aberlady before the 4.5 meter high tide at 9.45am...


But the tide waits for no one and i had to detour above the coast at the usual Point Gary, Marine Villa, and after riding the `Bake Bean Trail` rode up to Gullane Hill...


Descending  `Maggies Loup` the coast was cut off below the cliffs so i continued to Gullane point passing this great piece of driftwood that would make a great garden table!...




Through the Reserve to Gala Hill (Quarry corner) and the JMW back to Gullane village and then descend to the Black rocks west of Freshwaterhaven...





Nice to get out and enjoy a quiet coastline with just a few early doors dog walkers....

Here is a short film of the ride to Gullane Hill...
Song is `Buckie High` (edited)  by Boards of Canada...


Surly Wednesday; Coastride to Gullane Sept 16 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...

Friday, 23 September 2016

7 Days to Capital Trail 2016... Still spaces available!!!

237km/147miles  6100meters/20,013 feet climbing over two days...

Markus says there is still entries available for this years event, it`s free!, it`s fun, and you will discover a bit more about yourself and your abilities and  if your put off by the distance don`t be as you will surprise yourself how far you can actually ride off road in a day, esp with other people, and guarantee you will come away from the event tired but with a great feeling of achievement and will have met some new friends and bonded more with old friends...
Come ride the event with myself and my good friend Dave S from Skye. were trail riding it and carrying the Sat evening meal and 1st breakfast (2nd is in Peebles at Cross Keys Hotel) along with hip flasks etc to do the ride in proper Bike  Packing style, oh and we laugh a lot and don`t take it serious at all!

Enter 2016 Capital Trail Here...

Facebook link  Here...

My film from last year, go on enter you know you want to...


Capital Trail 2015 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

This year i`m riding the event on my Surly Wednesday Fatbike, yep with full fat 4" tyres!!!
 As my KramPug is on loan to a Lady rider, looking forward to the extra challange, though in many places will be an advantage!


More soon...

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Around the world... Single Speed, in 10 minutes with Markus



I was friends with Markus Stitz via Facebook before we met in person at Forth Fat 2015,
Markus wrote 1000 words on Forth Fat that you can read on his website Here...

This year Markus did not make Forth Fat as he was cycling around the world, on his single speed Surly, yeah single speed!,
I really enjoyed following his near daily updates of highs and lows on Facebook, been great that via Internet you can wish people good vibes and encouragement,
So at the end of August, nearly a month ago Markus returned to Edinburgh and i rode to Portobello to meet Markus arriving having rode the last leg of his trip from Glasgow with friends who were joined by more who arrived at the pub to congratulate him, after a swim in the sea the least i could do was buy Markus a pint of Scottish Ale to celebrate!,...

Some pics as i rode west and followed the coast into Edinburgh...
Port Seaton...


Prestonpans...


Ash Lagoons Mussleburgh...




Joppa...


Portobello...



Welcome back!!!

You can watch the short update firms that Markus made during his trip here on YouTube
I was waiting for a roundup summery film of the whole trip and here is a 10 minute film with Markus...



Be good to ride some of the Capital Trail in a weeks time with Markus!, details of event in next post...

More soon..

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

David Stirling, SAS Memorial...


`UPHOLDING THE PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE`

I`m constantly reading WW2 books, esp anything Scottish related, and i have read a lot about the Special Air Service. The SAS were founded in 1941 by Scotsman David Stirling after his Commando Unit was disbanded...

This film on YouTube has a few sound glitches but all uploads of this film seem to have the same issue,
This the only ever film interview with Stirling and some of the SAS Originals...



Ordinary men who do extraordinary things...
I met a man who lives here in East Lothian one day at Tyninghame car park, he knew who i was as did his wife. He said he worked with my late father at John Muir Country park as a park ranger. I remember they visited the house  when we were kids, real nice man who became a friend of my father,
When i said hello to my father from him that afternoon in the Nursing home Dad said to me "do you remember what i told you what he did before coming to work with me?"
Then i remembered Dad had told me he was a former member of the SAS, Could not meet a nicer man, but he was tough as old boots and i think he would have been serving around the time of the Iranian siege in London in 1980. which was the first  time ever the SAS were shown in action on TV...

Until Sunday i never knew there was a memorial to David Stirling and the SAS members and driving home from Callender we de toured via Doune village behind Brian who led us to the hill top....









It`s an impressive monument to brave men...


David Stirling Memorial from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...

Daytrip to the Central belt; Callender to Killin cycle route...


Craig offered to drive on Sunday and we headed up the M9 past Stirling to the scenic village of Callander to meet the guys from Leslie Bikes to ride the cycle route to Killin,
I only took two pictures as did some filming with the Go Pro while Craig snapped away at the scenery, and what scenery!, as always the central belt and highlands always delivers whatever the weather...
Craig`s pics from the day...

























Here is a wee film, Jamie playing on the rocks at Killin at the end
Song is `Forever` by Phomtaine...


Callander to Killin Cycle path, Sept 16 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.