Dropped off by family and did consider Muirsheil. However I felt that it was time to visit an old friend…
http://app.strava.com/segments/7636390 — The Foot (Reverse)
Despite the recent interruption to what was a glorious week with some heavy showers, and once I had passed Dippany Farm and scaled the gate, the ground of this singletrack was dry and there were none of the continuous rivulets running towards me; only then do you see the extent of the rocks strewn upon this short diversion from the B788.
IT WAS TOUGH.
And, surprised by how close the white house appeared, I was – as usual – unprepared for the holes hidden amongst the marsh area. In the space of a few seconds my front wheel fell into their clutches and I was deposited amongst the grass…
Still, I crossed the stone bridge that spans the Green Water, meandered up the very steep climb – a maximum of 14.5% gradient. The front tyre managed to cope with the constant manoeuvring require to avoid the boulders and I was thankful that the bottom gate was open.
The descent down to rejoin the B788 was pleasant enough, and soon I was home via the electricity substation and the cycle path.
Home before the family, I set about enjoying the afternoon sunshine and finishing the planning of the Misty Law section of Inverslog.
Check out this route on Strava: http://app.strava.com/routes/595821 — Inverslog.
Here it is. I still have to test drive ‘Misty Law’ and parts of the cut (in this dry weather) but it’s looking a good 8 hours in keeping with the amount of daylight on the planned day (29/12/2014).
A beautiful dusk into which I headed last night at 9.30 pm. Yes – pm. And it was so light.
Just as well: because I had about 1 minute of juice in the magicshine and only decided to put it on as a warning to anyone feeling their way up the opening section to Devol Road as I made a decent attempt to wrench ‘Lava Balls’ from a fellow cyclist.
Having spent some time in lovely (wet, windy and cold)
Dornoch I returned and found last night difficult – uphill, flat, downhill – but had to be done.
Redrafting finished (for now)
I was intent on enjoying a holiday that had much family time (although boy has booked himself into a four week play scheme), non-academic reading, and, of course, the bike. (Although I have made an expression of interest towards an EdD course).
Before the dusk run I decided to take less of a risk on a Tesco 10 quid tyre rather than use the current front one which had succumbed to the stinging wrath of a mere thorn (must have been the Atop the Clyde Ascent). And it fared very well, easily secured to another wheel that – god rest their souls, Aerobikes had balanced way back.
Brake adjustment still confounds me – another YouTube tutorial I think. But apart from that niggle it was a gorgeous evening, lovely ambient sounds intermingled with The Rosary, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer; lovely aromas from the hedgerows too; excellent visibility…
I am still planning on the 12-hour on the 29th and would welcome company. I hope to Strava – there’s a verb for you – the intended route this or next week: my expectant wife has been so patient and accommodating in the academic aspects, so I’d hate to ‘push my luck’ by disappearing for 4 or 5 hours.
Here it is:
The ‘Misty Law’ route is a bit ‘mangled’, but this is a first draft…
But here it is. First draft. 234 pages; 39,000 words.
Now, all I have to do is cull and move pages into Appendices.
Atop the Clyde Ascent (Veloviewer)