Monday, 23 October 2017

Another Fatbike Gathering!, October 21st/22nd 2017


pic by Tony...


A long weekend holiday, and another Fatbike Gathering,
The plan was simple-ride the Forth Fat routes  Saturday and Sunday,
Friday afternoon and Tony and Kath arrived and we spent a couple of hours sitting out front the house in baking sunshine-in October!,
The unsettled forecast never happened and we would get 3 dry days with sunny spells and mild conditions...

Friday afternoon i cycled to town then west along the coast to meet Tony who had booked into there B&B,  we met up below Archerfield and returned to NB to meet Kath with their two Patterdales and we sat outside at the Ship Inn until dark,

Last light of the day...


Tony`s first visit to our coast and he was blown away with it`s beauty and the riding !...

No binge drinking this year and i rode home for an early night after a couple of pints...


Saturday;
Saturday i was down early and sat in the van and had breakfast then folks started to turn up,


The day would see around 20 riders of regular and new faces as some joined the ride late and some left early...


Heading out and west on the John Muir Way (JMW) to Gullane then up Gullane Hill for a regroup and banter...



Descending to the cliffs it was then along though the Reserve and out to the WW2 midget Sub wrecks...


First time visitors to these tiny ships crewed by 4 men are always in awe at there tiny size (51 feet long and 5 feet diameter inside),  and their story of how they were used to train submariners who volunteered for a mission that is a real David and Goliath story of how they were towed 1000 miles across the North Sea and managed to attack and disable the pride of the German Fleet - the mighty Tirpitz Battleship,
Read about the subs and `Operation Source` Here...

A pause of thought for the crews that were lost and a raise of a hip flask in their honour before riding east...


Tail wind and sunshine along Gullane sands...


A yacht washed in after breaking it`s moorings somewhere, biggest beach find yet!...


Rocks and sandy single track navigated we turned inland at Archerfield Estate and rode up to The Walled Garden for Tea/coffee/Beer and snacks, then returned to tackle the rocks of `Scorpion` and along to Yellowcraig racing an incoming Spring tide that would beat us at Point Gary and we rode up over the headland and onto the West Bay and Harbour, and regrouped at the slipway wall...


Again an early evening after food and a drink at The Ship Inn...

I never got that much footage leading most of the day but managed to put something together,
So from the Punk era (for Sheera) song is  `Feelin` alright with the crew` by 999


Fatbike Gathering; Saturday 21st Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.




Sunday;
Only 5 of us for Sunday`s ride out to Seacliff, so a tweaked route so we could visit other stuff being a regular size small group and would include a cafe break at Tyninghame, the `infamous five` headed east to soak up the views of Tantallon Castle perched on the cliff, then a look round the ruin of Seacliff  Castle and then a visit to the tiny harbour with amazing view out to Bass Rock...




From the harbour it was then along across the rocks to Peffersands, stopping for a chat with a couple out walking interested in our Fatbikes and could not resist having a go, and being amazed at the bikes abilities...


Quick surf on the dunes then along to the woods and the `Secret Trail` passing this impressive sand castle...


After great soup then cake at Tyninghame Cafe we rode to re join the JMW back to NB after a loop around Binning Woods, the Beech trees starting to turn gold...

More Tea/coffee and cake again in NB at The Seabird Centre before we parted as some had long drives home,
Again the weather turned up trumps, the sun lit up the coast with great light and i think everyone went away with great memories and some nice pics of an ace weekend...

Here is a wee film from Sunday`s ride, again leading but got more than the previous day,
Song is `I Wish` by Jane Weaver...


Fatbike Gathering; Sunday 22nd Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Midweek cycle; Post work 1 hour fix...


Days work done and down to Yellowcraig for a quick ride on the coast.
I saw 2 people on the whole of Broadsands!, it was a love end to the previous evening and mornings gales as the aftermath of Storm Ophelia blew over.
The sand is firm and looking good for this weekends FATBIKE GATHERING
The light was nice on the wet sand and i shot some film with the Go Pro and mono pod,

Song is `Business and Pleasure` by Phontaine


East Coast Fatbikes;  Post work 1 hour fix on the coast, Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...

Monday, 16 October 2017

Back on the coast...


 Sorry for lack of recent postings...Where have i been?, out riding!, more than ever, just not been posting...
A power cut rendered my faithfull 10 year old iMac pc not starting up again!, i tried a technique to restart it i had found via YouTube, but it did not work, down with no way to blog and a refusal to put my pc into a computer repair shop i decided to instead buy a cheap new lap top to get back in touch with the outside world and then search to find an answer to why this happens overtime i switch off the house power for `DIY  (Destroy It Yourself) or a power cut ...


Then i revisited said film and reading the comments i read it is real essential you hold the button exactly 10 seconds and if it does not fire up then keep trying and they do fire up!
And it did!... thanks to this man!  :)




So then back to the coast, another Saturday and i met up with Craig, Brian and Mark for a ride via the John Muir Way to Aberlady, where we headed around the coast.
From the JMW we dropped down from Archerfield to Muirfield Golf Course and the perimeter fence line trail i named `Bake Bean` trail a while ago as the bright orange berries of the Sea Buckthorn bushes that while they taste horrible they hold loads of Vitamin C and the local Falko Cafe somehow make amazingly tasty ice cream!,
Here is the trail,
Song is`Everybody`s Friend` by Janes Addiction...


Fatbike cycle; Bake Bean trail, East-west,  Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Along Aberlady Bay and onto the salt marsh...

Did you know there is a lost coastal crossing here?

Click here to read a previous blog post on this Lost crossing...


Down onto he salt marsh passing a concrete remains of the WW2 coastal defences which i have never seen the likes of on any forums or WW2 geek sites and along the coast below Sea Green...



Hard to believe that here in 1930 this shoreline was a sandy beach haven!,


Here you go...

The bay has filled up with sit and sea levels not being able to remover the silt has seen the area grass over- hence a Salt marsh, you will also see this has happened at Tyninghame and John Muir Park, so not all the coast is prone to coastal erosion...


Bog cotton...


Onto the rocks at Kilspindie...







Across the Bay you can see the Midget sub wrecks...



Around here my compact camera decided to play up and despite doing all the things like removing and reinstalling the battery it would not work right and kept displaying an unreadable screen...
Of course once back home i recharged it and next it day worked fine lol!

Anyhows i could still  keep filming with the Go Pro,
Film around Kilspindie,
Song is `Mississippi Two Tone` by Phontaine

Beachride; Kilspindie  Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


We stopped off at Gosford Bothy Cafe for food, then rode out across the Reserve and then east
along the dunes, Again another film, this one a bit longer as uncut and a riders view of a trail,
Song is `Lonely Planet` by Dream Catcher...

Beachride; East to Gullane Point; Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Onto the coastal trail and Mine workings at Jovey`s Neuk,
Song is `Round The Rigg` by Chris T...
Beachride; Gullane Point and Jovey`s Neuk Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Last film onto Gullane Sands, artist unknown...
Beachride; Across the rocks at Gullane Sands... Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Back into NB after sunset and a great day out with friends...


More soon...

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sandblasted cc Beach race!, 5th November 2017



I`m entered for this race down the A1 at Morpeth, should be good fun!, riding the Surly Wednesday,

See you there if going,

Website and details;
https://www.sandblasted.cc




That magic last hour of light...

I`m always waffling on about that magic last hour of Daylight, where you get a superb burst of light before sunset, does not happen every day, but did tonight, easy to miss sitting at home , out in the garden i saw the sky changing so grabbed a bike and across two fields got these pics and some film...





More Geese...



Autumn gold....



Wee film,
Song is `Culture of Fear` by Thievery Corperation...


Harvest Sunset Cycle; The magic last hour... from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...