We’ve been very lucky (touch wood) with the weather so far this summer – despite not being a great summer overall, our Saturday afternoon rides have at least been dry and even sunny – but we seem to be paying for it with mechanical breakdowns instead. This week we had not only an errant chain – which was easily fixed – but a valve coming off an inner tube just as we stopped by the rhinos at Lincluden.
Fortunately someone had a spare, and so all 17 of us made it to the 12 Apostles, another one of Dumfries’s ‘secret’ historical sites. Unlike better known stone circles, this one just sits quietly in a field and there’s no problem appropriating one of the stones for our group photo
As the adults stood around setting the world to rights, the children had a chance to run around the stones, fuelled by coconut macaroons and other treats.
And we could enjoy not just a bit of history but some of the wildlife that is so abundant around here.
Not only that but we found a route back that didn’t involve climbing up the steep hill we had come down on the way there. That really is magic of a higher order … perhaps the influence of these ancient stones. If only it lasts long enough to ward off any more mechanical problems on next week’s ride.