Today’s ride was overshadowed by news of the death of one of our longest-standing and best-known members. Logan Strang, who was the driving force behind the setting up of EasyCycle in 2011, died of a heart attack while out cycling with friends in East Lothian yesterday. He was 78.
The news came as a shock to everyone present this morning. All of us knew Logan well, and most had ridden with him many times. We will remember him as a very active cyclist and a very cheerful and sociable person who always made a good impression on those who rode with him.
After spending some time reflecting on the news, twelve of us set out for our March EasyCycle. It was a sunny day with clear skies, and although a little chilly at first, the temperature soon reached double figures.
Our route took us through Holyrood Park, where the roads were as usual closed to Sunday traffic. We skirted Holyrood House Palace and exited the park at Clockmill Lane. In Lochend Park we paused for sweeties and to admire the bird life on the loch. Then came a stretch on Easter Road – fortunately with not much traffic – and onto the Restalrig Path to Leith Links.
We stopped briefly in Burgess Street to look at Lamb’s House. This 17th Century building was formerly owned by the National Trust for Scotland, but they were obliged to sell it in 2010 during a financial crisis. It is now the home and offices of leading architects Kristin Hannesdottir and Nick Groves-Raines. The house doubles as the Icelandic Consulate, Ms Hannesdottir being the honorary consul.
And so to our lunch stop at the Ocean Terminal. Here we split ourselves among the various sandwich shops and fast food outlets, with most of the group choosing to eat their lunch on the first-floor balcony overlooking Britannia.
For the return leg, we took the Ferry Road, Telford and Roseburn paths to Russell Road, and then by Dalry Road, the Telfer Subway and Leamington Terrace back to the Meadows. The total distance was 14 miles.
Trace (The trace is from a reconnaissance ride, and should give a good idea of where we went)
Guide:Mike Trace:Jim Photos:Mike Text:Mike