Rain does not stop play…

… it’s hard to remember now, but Saturday afternoon brought some hefty downpours and we did wonder whether anyone would show up at all for our third summer ride on the Maxwelltown Cyclepath. We needn’t have feared, of course, because just as happened last year a few hardy souls showed up – and the rain mostly held off during the ride itself (some of us had to wring out our socks after the ride in, however…).

family ride group Maxwelltown path
Seven hardy riders braved the deluge

With a smaller group we could take our time, and afford a few detours here and there – including stopping off at the Cuckoo Bridge exit for the Maxwelltown path to examine some cinnabar moth caterpillars feasting on a patch of ragwort.

kids and ragwort
Nature corner! Looking for cinnabar moth caterpillars in the rain

From there we continued on to the end of the path and made another detour down to the start of the new Mabie Forest path – which we hope to explore later on in the year. By this time the littlest legs were getting a little bit tired so we hitched the smallest bike back onto Mum’s tagalong and returned via Park Road and Troqueer.

There’s one unpleasant section where the Park Road shared use path suddenly ends and cyclists are expected to rejoin the road and then cross New Abbey Road – fortunately traffic was light and we were able to keep together and manage the worst stretch safely. And as we finished the ride right outside some of our participants’ house  we had some bonus scones and jam to go with Rhian’s delicious rhubarb muffins – cake well earned! Rain miles count double…

riding in the rain
Rain miles count double…

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