Saturday 9 March 2019
With everyone fed and watered we set off on our return leg. We were led through the car park and onto an unsurfaced path. This was new to most of us. The path took us alongside the M8. We re-joined the road on the edge of Ratho to make our way through Freelands, Ratho Byres and on towards Roddinglaw. Just as we thought we knew where we were, a left turn took us once again into uncharted territory before emerging onto Gogar Station Road. From there we went onto the site of the Royal Bank of Scotland HQ, took the bridge over the A8, whizzed down the other side and were soon riding along the cycle path beside Glasgow Road. Past the Gogar roundabout and Edinburgh Gateway station and we were mixing it with the Saturday afternoon traffic in the Gyle car park. Leaving the traffic behind, the cycle path led us to South Gyle station and onwards through Broomhouse to Murrayfield. Skirting the stadium was easy as we were there a few minutes after kick off and most of the fans were inside; we could hear them singing. We enjoyed the luxury of riding on closed roads just before the police reopened them to traffic. At the Russell Road zig-zags, the leader declared the ride over and the group dispersed. Some headed home, whilst others headed off for the customary post-ride coffee.
Thanks to Bill for leading us somewhere we are used to, but by a less familiar route on his first outing as leader. Everyone seemed to enjoy the ride and the weather was kinder to us than expected. Another good day. Now that we have the March ride behind us, would it be too much to ask for the weather to turn a little more spring-like ?
Map trace: David
Tuesday 5 March 2019
For our ride this coming Saturday (9th), Bill will be leading us on what promises to be a pleasant run out to Ratho. We'll be heading out via Murrayfield, Balgreen and Hermiston, returning by way of Gogar and the Corstorphine railway path. The total distance will be about 24 miles, mostly on well-surfaced roads and paths but with one section that might be rough in places.
For our lunch break, we'll stop at the International Climbing Arena. There's a useful cafe there, offering splendid views of the climbing wall, as well as a large terrace with picnic tables.
We'll meet as usual at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk in time to leave at 10:30. We should be back at the Meadows around mid afternoon.
I hope to see you there.