We've got two rides coming up this month: our standard "second Saturday"
run this coming weekend; and the first of this year's "Extra" rides the
following Saturday. Here are the details:
Saturday 11 June
For this week's ride, Alison will be making her debut as the leader. Our destination will be Dalkeith. It will be a reasonably straightforward route, with just a few moderate hills and no particular difficulties. The total distance will be about 22 miles.
For our lunch break, we will picnic in the King's Park, which is near the centre of Dalkeith. I suggest that you either bring a packed lunch or aim to pick up a sandwich in the Morrison's supermarket, which is just across the road from the park (there are also toilets there). If the weather is bad, or if you prefer to eat indoors, the cafe within the supermarket does a range of hot and cold snacks at reasonable prices.
We will meet at the usual place, that is, the north end of Middle Meadow Walk, in time for a 10:30 departure.
Saturday 18 June
The following Saturday will see our first Extra of the season. This is the ride that we had planned for last month but which we were obliged to postpone. As you probably know, our Extra rides are somewhat longer than our standard runs - usually 30-35 miles. We start earlier, finish later, and ride a little faster, although we still aim for a "sociable" pace (not so fast that you can't keep up a conversation).
I'll post details of the arrangements for this ride a bit nearer the time, so for now just note the date.
The summer cycling season is now well under way. CTC Lothian have resumed their Tuesday evening runs; our own Jim Cameron is organising an evening ride every Thursday; Mellow Velo have several multi-day rides in the pipeline; and there is a big Glasgow to Edinburgh charity run planned for September. Details of all these events, and other organised bike rides, can found here.
That's all for now. I hope to see you on one or more of our forthcoming rides. In the meantime, happy pedalling.