Sunday, 25 December 2016

Two "weather bombs" in a week!

Monday, and it's the calm before Storm Barbara, due to hit Scotland midweek and Barrie and Clive joined Kathy and me for our weekly Monday Pentlands bike jaunt. 

A welcome stop for a bit of Clive's wife's home made fudge, jeez it's tasty! 

Wednesday and Mark and me went out in the afternoon before the storm that was due later on, we just made it back before the rain lashed down. Storm Barbara had arrived and there would be no biking Thursday or Friday, how was I going to contend with this, two days running and no biking, unheard of this year!

Saturday, its Christmas Day and Storm Connor has hit us but undeterred we make it to the top of Allermuir for the annual meet up with the Carnethy Hill Runners. In the photo Clive and Barrie haven't fallen drunkenly to the ground, the wind was so strong it was the only way they could post their photos on Facebook!

Kathy and Graeme who ran rather than biked (probably wisely) to the top of Allermuir so that they could be subjected to the fury of a hurricane force wind.

Barrie, Clive and me toasting each others health in a relatively sheltered spot while the guy who took the photo nearly got blown down the hill and into the streets of Edinburgh below!

Barrie and me did a bit extra mileage, mainly to make Clive jealous, as he had to hurry home to avoid the wrath of his in-laws who'd come for their Christmas dinner!

And finally, Kathy took this photo of me and Barrie, hanging on to each other for dear life in the teeth of a howling gale, a great picture!

A struggle to do much this week with the weather but a brutal 32 miler today has brought the mileage needed for 6500 miles down to only 60 and the weathers due to ease up on Tuesday so it's  still on before the end of the year! 

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