Most of our summer rides are relatively on the level – but we make an exception for our Glen Road explorer ride – a climb up the road that used to form the A75 before it was dualled, and which is now a dead end for cars, but a good quiet route out west for bikes.
At the second bench, enjoying the view
We were rather a select group, all familiar faces by now, so the first part of the ride was covering familiar ground as we headed out along the Maxwelltown path – but this time we kept on going, past the new hospital and Kilnford Barns and up the Glen, which is a bit of a pull, but worth it for the views once you get to one of the memorial benches up the hill.
Once again, there was pretty much no litter at our chosen stop, but instead of our #2MinuteCleanUp, we did get a chance to chat with the homeowner on the road who had put the bench up in memory of his mother and keeps the spot nicely maintained.
After pressing on a little further to stretch our legs we turned around to enjoy the descent, another good reward for our climbing efforts.
Then, as we were passing the hospital, we couldn’t resist a detour to inspect the visitor bike parking, which has finally been installed!
It’s looking good! And great to know that anyone who is able to take the healthiest means of transport to the new infirmary, whether for an appointment or to visit, can now leave their bike securely (and under cover) right by the front door.
Our next ride is to Heathall Forest and the skills track. Join us on Saturday at Dock Park for a 2pm start – you’ve only got two more chances left.