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Evening Ride 05 of 2017 to Colinton and Riccarton

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Fifth Evening ride,  to Colinton and Riccrton



Link to Map 



Relive this ride: https://www.relive.cc/view/1005746392



25deg v. Sunny  no appreciable wind (it felt hot) 



On arrival at the new venue outside All bar One, we were met with dazzling sunshine, and it felt very warm. The place was also mobbed with sun seekers. Yes, we were having one of those rare dawn-to-dusk warm sunny days that make live worth living.  Fifteen riders gathered,  after Mike fetched a few from the previous venue. We set off a little late, and followed the paved areas to pass the old venue (Akva, also mobbed in the sunshine). From there we crossed the Leamigton Bridge (the Canal is still blocked here)  and climbed towards the Meadows, then up Whitehouse Loan and Woodburn Terrace. This allowed us to climb up to Morningside riding quietly parallel to the A702. 


Crossing over to Maxwell Street, we entered the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, where we passed the McKinnon Building to the North, then turned left though the car park and onto the brand new path taking us to Myreside Rd.  A brief climb took us into Craiglockhart Dell, then across to the Canal.  Riding the Canal took us to the Water of Leith path, mud-free and easy to ride,  although the air was a bit too humid in the heat. We all felt a bit like we were inside a teapot. Exiting at Currie, and passing the Riccarton Arms, we ride the Riccarton Rd downhill to Hermiston. There were quite a few cars, but there's a path on the Left halfway down. 


A spin down Gogar Station Rd, and the RBS Spiral, took us to the path alongside the A8 were we used the brand new underpass at Edinburgh Gateway, to get to the Gyle shoppng Centre.  The path parallel to the Railway led us to South Gyle where we followed the marked path '8' to Pinkhill and on to Murrayfield.  


The return to the start point was via the Moray Feu,  or Oval Roundabout City. A way of getting back to the start point, avoiding most of the traffic. It was late when the ride closed (21:45 ish) but still light, when the two who hadn't peeled off, christened the new venue with an isotonic break.  




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












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