Out last Friday with Dougie who's fitness is at a peak these days, he suggested a route that was going to be a hard one on a normal day let alone a day like last Friday when it was blowing a gale! Well at least I was electrically assisted!
The last lung bursting climb for Dougie up the aptly named "Puke Hill" though he did manage to avoid the indignity of puking when he made to the top, where I was smugly awaiting him having the assistance of the e-bike to combat both the hill and the gale force head wind, which incidentally seemed to be a head wind most of the way round!
On arrival back home I was down to the final bar on the battery display, I reckon I probably had about 5 miles in eco mode still left but it was still a relief to get back with e-power!
Sunday morning and we were off again with a 7am start from Innerleithen bound for first of all the summit of Minch Moor and then along the Southern Upland Way to the Three Brethren which stand high above the Tweed valley. This time Barrie joined Dougie and
me and most of the first 10 miles was in thick mist.
As if on cue the sun broke through the mist as we arrived at the 3 Brethren and after the obligatory photos we set off down the tracks to Yair
One of the highlights was filming Dougie crossing the partially finished bridge over a stream, he was subjected to loud shouts of encouragement to fall off complete with bike but annoyingly made it over unscathed!
The finale to the climb up the notorious zig zags was Dougie celebrating a clear victory over Barrie who claimed a bad chest cold as an excuse (he'll never live this picture down!)
We arrived back at the cars at Innerleithen with me down once again to the final bar on the e-bike display and this time |I doubt if there was much more than a couple of miles left in the battery, I like to think of it as a well judged ride!!