30 November 2014: North by North West

DSC09910As mentioned in an earlier report we seem to have had some excellent weather on our rides this year and today was no exception. Glorious sunshine, even if it was a bit on the chilly side, but then what do you expect for the time of year.

The weather too was perhaps responsible for the good turn out, sixteen riders in all including two newcomers, which we’re always happy to see.

Today’s ride took us out North West via a stretch of the canal then over to Roseburn Park and Murrayfield where we picked up the NCR route 9 which led us out past Carrick Knowe in the direction of Corstorphine and the Gyle. As the outward leg was a bit on the long side, we decided to make a comfort stop at the large Tesco in Corstorphine where a bag of donated chocolates (thank you Christina, hope you had a lovely birthday) was passed round to boost everyone’s sugar levels and make Alan (when he reads this) regret he didn’t make it along for today’s ride.

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Having refreshed and stuffed ourselves with chocolates (sorry Alan), we then made our way through the Gyle Park and on to the crossing over the main Glasgow Road, then hence up on to one of the tree lined paths through East Craigs, that led us via Drum Brae and Clermiston to a further main road crossing at Queensferry Road. From there we rode through the stretch of woodland leading to Davidson’s Mains Park and on to our lunch stop at Ye Olde Inn in Main Street where a large table had been laid out in the delightful conservatory in readiness for us. The Inn offered a good selection of food, even if the meals didn’t all come at once due to the decision to order separately, whilst a couple of riders staked out a sunny spot in the garden to eat the sandwiches they’d brought along.

Suitably rested and fed, we made the return journey via the familiar Blackhall and Roseburn paths, arriving back at Peter’s Yard in good time for coffee at one of the outside tables.

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Thanks to Michael (Law) for leading the ride and Jim (Cameron) for being Back Marker.

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