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Hope to see you when it's all over.

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It was really nice to see faces of people who’ve not been on a ride for a few months. There were 19 people on the Spoke’s Sunday Ride to Linlithgow. Thanks to Dave for inviting us to his home in Linlithgow where we had our picnic lunch outside, and some of us raided the brambles after lunch.

I got to the Usher Hall to find only 2 people waiting for me and a fine drizzle. An ominous start, I thought. But not to worry, soon loads more people turned up. Mark’s Friends turned up before he did, and Rosemary turned up, out of breath, just as we set off. So, no haar this month, but dark clouds, and the occasional spot of drizzle (nothing serious enough to require a coat), but feeling very warm. Much better than last month.

We headed down to Fountain Bridge, down Dalry Road, along Murieston Crescent to  Russell Rd and on to the cycle path to join National Route 1 at Roseburn. No punctures this month, At New Burnshot, up the cycle path from Cramond Brig, we turned off route 1 to follow a minor road to access the Railway Path to Kirkliston. From Kirkliston, we went past the old Drambuie factory, turning left just after the motorway bridge to take the minor road to Niddry. At Niddry castle we followed the Canal to Linlithgow, turning off at St. Magdalene’s to head up to Maison Du Feu.

As well as showing us around his garden, Dave also showed us the new (FREE!!!!) Sustrans map for the Forth Bridges route. There was also plenty to talk about, and brambles to pick.

Well done to Amy, 9 years old, she cycled, there and back, on a second hand rusty Halfords bike (Dad, you should be ashamed!!!!), although the final hill, up Braepark Road, seemed to use up the last of her energy.

We took same route back (in reverse). On the way back we encountered more traffic coming towards us, but force of numbers enabled us to get past most obstacles. At Niddry, some people opted to follow the canal all the way back, paying a visit to Broxburn. The rest of us followed the same route back through Kirkliston, the railway path, Cramond Brig though Barnton, except following route 1 around Safeway’s going along Silverknowes Terrace and Silverknowes Drive. As we went along, cyclists turned off, by the time I got to Roseburn, there was only Xanthe and myself left.

Poor Rebecca couldn’t make it this month as her MTB has totally given up the ghost. Hope you find a bike soon (was the Bike Station able to help you?). However, Mike Harrison brought his trike recumbent along. Not that he joined us on the way out, he had some CTC leaflets to deliver, and on the way back, he limbo’d the recumbent (just) under one gate before leaving us at Philpstoun.

Stats:

Distance                68km (42.25 miles)
Average Speed           17.6 km/h (10.9mph)
Time Spent in Saddle     3 ½ hours
Total Altitude Climbed 320m (1049 ft)
verage Temperature      19 deg Celsius (66.2 deg F)

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