Stretching ourselves on our fourth summer ride

group photo
Group gathered at the ‘spinny bridge’ on the way back

In a bit of a first for Cycling Dumfries, our ride was slightly delayed this afternoon while everyone admired a freshly hatched Pokemon Go egg (no, we’ve no idea either), but once that formality was out of the way, a nice round dozen set off to explore the Caledonian Cycleway from start to finish

bridge detour
Walking the Buccleuch Street Bridge while the Loreburn Bridge is closed
spinny bridge
Coming down from the bridge – this is the easy way!

Our first obstacle was the detour due to the Loreburn Bridge closure, but with that safely negotiated and back on our bikes, it was smooth cycling all the way to Lochthorn library and a brief cake stop and bike fettling session (OK, there was a very minor mechanical with a chain, but nothing compared to the incidents we were getting last year!). After a quick vote, given that people’s legs were feeling fresh, we decided to press on all the way to the end of the cycle path to see what we could see.

Then it was just a question of cycling back – and attempting the challenge of getting up the ‘spinny bridge’ spiral ramp without having to get off and push. A few managed it okay – but it proved a little challenging to those without gears or who were still getting used to them. We revisit the bridge on our Heathhall Ride so let’s see who manages it  next time!

All in all a cracking ride with good company and great chat. Join us next weekend for our visit to the 12 Apostles, Dumfries’s secret stone circle that nobody seems to know is there …


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