Another mild winters day so it was back on the road bike and doing a ride I call north loop. Basically a flat ride to Stirling head north to the A9 along this to Dollar then swing south again to Saline and Cairneyhill. Once here I follow the Forth river back to Kincardine and on to home. A little windy in places but nothing to drastic and 48 miles clocked up.
On a “warm” winters day I decided it was worth getting the road bike out and doing a longer ride since it was dry but overcast, the only contention I had was the 15 mph head wind on the out leg ride but on the turn to home this would be a tail wind which was much appreciated. Although this wasn’t a hilly ride I was still knackered by the time I got home, 53 miles in 3.5 hours is a respectable time for me especially in winter when i don’t normally do these rides. Anyway the long hot bath at the end of the ride was worth the effort
Well it started out as a dull foggy day with very little wind so I decided to head to Hopetoun House. I know the route is on the “route 76” cycle path and a lot of it is off road and it’s been a while since I’d been there so headed out that way to begin with. I didn’t know what way to take back but I’ll make that up as I go along. Managed to stop at the Kenneil Steam train railway and watch the Santa Polar Express steam train take the kids away didn’t take any pictures though. Once I hit Hopetoun I headed back towards home but went via the canal, you can see this quite clearly in the elevation graph, dead flat and then the last couple of miles on road to home.
Another cold frosty morning so decided to do a mixed bag ride where I was off road on road and on cycle paths. I headed up Shieldhill over to Armadale and along to Airdrie. Down to Cumbernauld and back to Falkirk via the Canal, 3 hours of cycling and I was rewarded with cold finger and cold toes but I did get close to 40 Miles but doing it on my mountain bike meant it was a slow 40 miles.