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Cycle Rides from 2017

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Inaugural Ride

Saturday 18th March 2017

By Humbie HubEleven folk (Alec, Anna, Barbara, Eibhlin, Ezequiel, Jan M, Peter Ha, Peter He, Sheelagh, Tiana and Yvonne) turned up at the Burgh Café in Musselburgh to go on what the weather forecast promised to be a dry ride. So, we set off in a gentle smurr to the Esk cycleway…it changed to a noticeable drizzle by the Pencaitland railway path and some were rather wet by Humbie. We were so keen to get there that we were twenty minutes early! Five of us decided to go and visit Humbie Kirk while the rest started ordering their soup.

A slog out of Crichton - Castle in backgroundIt was the first time that we have used the Hub for this ride. It is a small café and one queues for service at the counter, so eleven would have been a large number to cope with in one swoop. Everyone appeared enthusiastic about the food and the view – and of course the fellow company.

Humbie AisleIt took the donning of full waterproofs to scare the rain away after lunch. The ride back took us along an undulating route through Fala, Crichton, Gorebridge, Carrington and Polton. It was more demanding than the ride out, Polton Bank providing the finishing touch! There was a greater variety of scenery too, and the challenge of fitting new roads to an old map…

There was a ‘get out’ clause at Gorebridge that two took advantage of, the rest made home without assistance.

Puffing up Polton BankOur first ride of the year is usually nearer 35 miles so at 47+ this was a tough ‘un. I think most were glad to sink into their sofas with seconds of arriving home – two called it
‘the steepest ride Tiana could find’! I shall take that as a complement and wear the badge with pride – particularly when pushing my bike up some wall of a Cumbrian fell!

Photos: Yvonne, Peter,Tiana and Ezequiel

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