Monday: GPS missed out completely a stretch/segment between Black O’ The Green and High Mathernock.
Tuesday: Casio reported 6.33; Strava, 7.10 or thereabouts.
Wednesday: clear blue sky, 2 apps running and WiFi disabled on my phone.
Now, enough. My sojourns are turning into time-trials, albeit climbs… But fun has been relegated by an infatuation of being KOM (King of the Mountain) for one particular stretch of 1.9km.
Still, it felt good. I hadn’t had as good a climb as Tuesday, if truth be told: some early fatigue on the ‘diagonal drains’ (which I now almost know like the back of hands) and some poor gear selections. Still, ready to pour down into High Mathernock a quick check of the Casio told me I was in with a chance (despite what the phone apps were plotting in the right-hand side pocket of my backpack.
The sunshine was glorious as I crossed some virtual finish line, taking an unusual right down toward Penny’s Arch and back over the cycle path (you see? my distances are being curtailed).
So KOM of 3 beautiful stretches (2 of which are the Devol Road return journey).
My plan now is to map the gorgeous Hardridge-Clydemuirshiel loop.