We had a fantastic turnout for our second summer ride – an easy loop along both sides of the Nith. Amazingly, given that it was pouring down just an hour before the start, we had an even bigger turnout – 15 in all, including our two ride leaders
I might have guessed that it would take more than a spot of rain to put the people of Dumfries off getting on their bikes!
Again the ride was short and easy, just 3 miles in length and even the youngest rider (5 years old) was able to keep pace with ease. We took the path down to the Kirkpatrick Macmillan Bridge – named in honour of the inventor of the pedal bicycle – and after stopping for a bit of emergency maintenance, back along the other side of the Nith to the Robert Burns Centre, where we joined quiet streets. This bit of town is always a bit tricky to navigate on bikes because of the one-way system and some sharp hills, so we dismounted and walked up to the main road before crossing at the pedestrian crossings, never a quick process at the best of times and even more so with over a dozen bikes to get across.
From there, though, it was plain sailing along the quiet College road, over the Academy Bridge, and back along the Whitesands. The rain stayed away for the most part, and the sun even put in an appearance at the end. By the time we’d repaired to the cafe (where, in true Dumfries and Galloway fashion, it turned out everyone was connected in some way or another with everyone else) it was warm, sunny, and pleasant to sit outside in
If only I could have said as much about the ride home!
Next week we’ll stretch our legs a little further with a ride to Lincluden Abbey. Here’s hoping it’s more sunshine than shower…