Another bitterly cold but sunny day so decided to do a quick ride around the area and be home for lunch. Tried to stick to the main roads but because I was on my mountain bike I wanted to go along some of the “less well used” roads. This was fine to a point but going down hill on one particular road I came to a point where it was just a sheet of ice which forced me to get off the bike and walk down the hill very carefully, some minor slippage but I made it to the bottom in one piece. I decided to stick to the main roads after that until I got home.
After a couple of days off for Xmas and because the weather was crap, today was the first sunny day we’ve had although it’s still bloody cold, not much higher than 1°C. So I decided to cycle to Dunfermline and back which was about the right distance I wanted and I would be doing this on the mountain bike not the road bike so it would be a slower longer timed ride and I wasn’t wanting to go far as I would be out in the cold for longer. I took the mountain bike because there was a sprinkling of snow around and the roads although clear were slippy. Anyhow boxing day ride was 43 miles in 3 hours 20 minutes at barely 13 mph and that was enough for me as my fingers were going numb
Another very cold and frosty start this morning so I decided to ride to Gartgosh it wasn’t too far and I new my way without having to map a route. The leg out was up to Shieldhill and along to Slamannan but I was riding against the wind which made a cold day even colder with the wind chill. Suffice to say my hands and feet were cold numb and a little painful, I even had to put on a forth layer of clothing which I carry in my camelbak for said occasions. Thankfully once I hit Gartgosh I would have a tailwind and my feet and hands were able to warm up a little bit. Took the road to Westfield home as it was a little bit hillier which would also help me to warm up so by the time I got home I wasn’t a popsicle
Its a cold day but no frost thankfully so I decided to take a router over the Campsie Fells, going from Falkirk to Lennoxtown and up Crow Road. This to me down to Fintry and Kippen and the A811 which I rode along to Stirling. It was then up to Bannockburn and then back to Falkirk clocking up 53 miles.