Sunday, 21 March 2010

New route in the Pentland Hills today!

This morning we decided to do a bit more in the Pentland Hills instead of just the usual route, so it was an early start, save for Clive who's not too bright first thing! However he eventually surfaced and we reached the top of the track up from Flotterstone at about 7a.m. From there we branched out onto a new track for us which would take us back over the hills to Nine Mile Burn and it proved to be quite a tough climb for nearly the next 2 miles. Eventually we were able to descend and came down the grassy track like Meat Loaf's "Bat out of Hell" to arrive at Nine Mile Burn. After a trip along and then back again on a minor road as we did a bit of research for a later ride, we cycled back to Penicuik. Back along the cycle track to Rosewell, along the road to Polton, down the dreaded (for me anyway) Polton Brae then up a steep little track with a bit of pushing and back home. A round trip of 36 miles which I think we can stretch to over 40 with a bit more Pentland riding flung in.

p.s. I had to do another 1 mile later on in the day to get my total for the week up to 100. Just how sad was that!!!