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Evening Ride 02 of 2017 to Portobello and W Musselburgh

Page history last edited by Jim cameron 5 years, 5 months ago


Second Evening ride,  to Portobello and West Musselburgh, not using Innocent


Thursday, May 4, 2017 6:11 PM BST
Distance: 13.8 miles
Duration: 2 hours, 37 minutes, and 48 seconds
Minimum Elevation: 156 feet
Maximum Elevation: 626 feet
Total climb: 1493 feet
Total descent: 1381 feet

Link to Map https://drive.google.com/open?id=1THwZHQFZxBzzcSG8v5K72-81LcA&usp=sharing


Relive it here  https://www.relive.cc/view/971254030



10deg v. Sunny  15mphEasterly wind (it felt cold) 




Fourteen riders set off from Akva at 18:45 as planned, and rode over the Bridge to the West End, then Lothian Rd and through Grassmarket and Cowgate. Alas, our crossover at St Mary St was blocked by one of the many roadworks that curse our town around the change of financial year.  Pretty thorough block as you couldn't even get a bike through, and it engendered a diversion up Pleasance and a brief encounter with St Johns Hill.  We recovered by continuing to Brown St and St Leonards hill, pausing to admire the windey skateboard paradise. Eschewing the Innocent, we rode through Holyrood Park into Duddingston, then turned right and that took us into Figgate Park. 


A quick scoot round the nice pond, saw us exit and then onto the Christian Path. We don't have much experience of this as you might imagine. It took us to the North end of the long footbridge, out into Porty high St,  and across to the prom. Time for the exchange of sweetmeats that characterises the 20 miler's rides. 


Return was by riding the length of the prom, and onto Seaview terrace then we turned right into the Bruntstane Burn path. This long and pleasant path has recently been restored and the Daiches Braes end and very smooth it is too. The track home was the standard route via the Innocent, except we didn't take the tunnel, preferring to turn left and Climb to Duddingston Low Rd instead. 


A nice ride, and a cause of great thirst; six of us felt we had to see the Doctors'.   



Lead: Jenny   Photos: Michael   Trace: Jim   Text: Jim













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