Monday, 27 June 2016

Monday holiday 42 mile local xc loop...



This long weekend has been great!,
Great to take stock of  things and appreciate what you can take for granted, like where you live and just how good it is...
Take today i was never more than 5 miles from home, yet cycled 42 miles nearly all off road in a figure of eight loop around the central flat land area of East Lothian -that`s north of the river Tyne and estuary, and north of the Garleton hills out to Gullane and east to North Berwick.
My local loop took in some of the John Muir Way (JMW), farm tracks both grass and gravel, grass field boundaries, and some woodland trails, all with great scenery. Scenery that is very green at this time of year.
I took 73 pictures today, that's a lot, but there is plenty to take pictures of when it is a big sky day here with big vistas...

Joining the JMW through Balgone estate and look at the state of the trail!. a week to the Edinburgh trade holidays and this is East Lothian`s premier trail, bit of a joke really...


The surface is a meter wide here yet folage touches and its full of thistles and nettles.  Not ideal for toddlers, prams, or wheel chairs...

Further on and a mowed field boundary takes me west and more of the same to Sydserf and the nearby Fenton Tower...







Once an old road from Chapel farm to East Fenton joins Bridleways around fields to Fenton Barnes...








Then it`s into the former RAF Drem Airfield and around some of the perimeter track....



Leaving the Peri track and through woods on Drem Ride and then the old Railway line into Gullane...






East to Archerfield on the JMW and Dirleton village, where a wooded trail we call the Garlic trail takes me to Yellowcraigs...





The JMW continues to North Berwick and i pass the historic West Links Golf Course and the Victorian harbour...










Having soaked up the coastal views it`s inland again on the JMW. And again it`s overgrown here...



From Redside it`s east to join Becky`s Strip Byway and over Whitekirk Hill...






Tracks to Seacliff and more coastal scenery to soak up...







The Concrete road continues to Scoughall Farm and Peffersand where i join the Secret trail and loop around Tyninghame woods...











Past Mosshouse Point and curious cows come across to say hello...




Back on the JMW at the river Tyne and west to Smeaton Mill and field trails north of East Linton to Janesfield hill and superb views across to East Fortune and Whitekirk...








Nearly home and a half lap of the race circuit...



The new Surly KramPug 29+ is real nice and as good as the Surly ECR for my needs...
After 3 Surly Karate Monkey 29ers, a Salsa Fargo, Genesis  CDF i deft think this bike now is the perfect trail bike away from the coast with 29+ wheels fitted....


Will finish it tomorrow after work as the bottle cage Rivi nuts arrived in the post today. Apart from that it needs nothing changed,
Another perfect Pugsley...