Monday, 4 July 2016
July ride this coming Saturday
The route is just about 20 miles, mainly on quiet roads and well-surfaced paths, but with one short stretch of rough track where we might have to dismount. Be warned that there will be a fair amount of climbing during the morning (it's not for nothing that they are called the Pentland Hills). But we'll be rewarded with some lovely freewheeling in the afternoon.
There is no pub, cafe or snack bar of any kind at the reservoir, so be sure to bring food for a picnic lunch.
Although there is a toilet there, it often has a queue, so we'll pause for an additional "comfort break" during the morning; this will be about 40 minutes before lunch.
Depending on progress and other factors, we might stop for a coffee on the way back to town.
As always, we'll gather at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk, in time to leave at 10.30.
If the weather is doubtful (slight drizzle or occasional showers), the ride will go ahead regardless. But if the day is really foul, we might opt for a shorter run with a cafe stop for lunch. We'll make that decision on the spot.
Looking ahead, we've got an Extra ride the following Saturday (16th), and an evening run later in the month (28th). I'll post more information about those two events nearer the time.