Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Midweek cycle; Post work 1 hour fix...


Days work done and down to Yellowcraig for a quick ride on the coast.
I saw 2 people on the whole of Broadsands!, it was a love end to the previous evening and mornings gales as the aftermath of Storm Ophelia blew over.
The sand is firm and looking good for this weekends FATBIKE GATHERING
The light was nice on the wet sand and i shot some film with the Go Pro and mono pod,

Song is `Business and Pleasure` by Phontaine


East Coast Fatbikes;  Post work 1 hour fix on the coast, Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


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Monday, 16 October 2017

Back on the coast...


 Sorry for lack of recent postings...Where have i been?, out riding!, more than ever, just not been posting...
A power cut rendered my faithfull 10 year old iMac pc not starting up again!, i tried a technique to restart it i had found via YouTube, but it did not work, down with no way to blog and a refusal to put my pc into a computer repair shop i decided to instead buy a cheap new lap top to get back in touch with the outside world and then search to find an answer to why this happens overtime i switch off the house power for `DIY  (Destroy It Yourself) or a power cut ...


Then i revisited said film and reading the comments i read it is real essential you hold the button exactly 10 seconds and if it does not fire up then keep trying and they do fire up!
And it did!... thanks to this man!  :)




So then back to the coast, another Saturday and i met up with Craig, Brian and Mark for a ride via the John Muir Way to Aberlady, where we headed around the coast.
From the JMW we dropped down from Archerfield to Muirfield Golf Course and the perimeter fence line trail i named `Bake Bean` trail a while ago as the bright orange berries of the Sea Buckthorn bushes that while they taste horrible they hold loads of Vitamin C and the local Falko Cafe somehow make amazingly tasty ice cream!,
Here is the trail,
Song is`Everybody`s Friend` by Janes Addiction...


Fatbike cycle; Bake Bean trail, East-west,  Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Along Aberlady Bay and onto the salt marsh...

Did you know there is a lost coastal crossing here?

Click here to read a previous blog post on this Lost crossing...


Down onto he salt marsh passing a concrete remains of the WW2 coastal defences which i have never seen the likes of on any forums or WW2 geek sites and along the coast below Sea Green...



Hard to believe that here in 1930 this shoreline was a sandy beach haven!,


Here you go...

The bay has filled up with sit and sea levels not being able to remover the silt has seen the area grass over- hence a Salt marsh, you will also see this has happened at Tyninghame and John Muir Park, so not all the coast is prone to coastal erosion...


Bog cotton...


Onto the rocks at Kilspindie...







Across the Bay you can see the Midget sub wrecks...



Around here my compact camera decided to play up and despite doing all the things like removing and reinstalling the battery it would not work right and kept displaying an unreadable screen...
Of course once back home i recharged it and next it day worked fine lol!

Anyhows i could still  keep filming with the Go Pro,
Film around Kilspindie,
Song is `Mississippi Two Tone` by Phontaine

Beachride; Kilspindie  Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


We stopped off at Gosford Bothy Cafe for food, then rode out across the Reserve and then east
along the dunes, Again another film, this one a bit longer as uncut and a riders view of a trail,
Song is `Lonely Planet` by Dream Catcher...

Beachride; East to Gullane Point; Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Onto the coastal trail and Mine workings at Jovey`s Neuk,
Song is `Round The Rigg` by Chris T...
Beachride; Gullane Point and Jovey`s Neuk Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Last film onto Gullane Sands, artist unknown...
Beachride; Across the rocks at Gullane Sands... Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Back into NB after sunset and a great day out with friends...


More soon...

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sandblasted cc Beach race!, 5th November 2017



I`m entered for this race down the A1 at Morpeth, should be good fun!, riding the Surly Wednesday,

See you there if going,

Website and details;
https://www.sandblasted.cc




That magic last hour of light...

I`m always waffling on about that magic last hour of Daylight, where you get a superb burst of light before sunset, does not happen every day, but did tonight, easy to miss sitting at home , out in the garden i saw the sky changing so grabbed a bike and across two fields got these pics and some film...





More Geese...



Autumn gold....



Wee film,
Song is `Culture of Fear` by Thievery Corperation...


Harvest Sunset Cycle; The magic last hour... from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


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Friday, 6 October 2017

Mid week Cycle; 1 hour fix; Gullane Point



Another short ride, I was up at Sunrise and down to Aberlady Bay with the van to witness the amazing site of the thousands of Pink Footed Geese that arrive from Greenland every Autumn and graze by day in the surrounding fields, then return to the bay in the evenings...

More about them in the next blog post,
This morning i parked at Quarry corner and rode out to Gullane Point, it was a cool but stunning morning as the sun came up over the rise of Kingston and Drem and lit up the grass dunes like gold...

One of my favourite views looking across Aberlady Bay to Craigielaw, where we grew up
The  old metal road across the hill to the coast was built by the Home Guard in 1940 to build the `Coastal Crust` concrete coastal defences, most are still here today where the increasing height of the dunes have not swallowed them up...

Interestingly the are of dunes does not have an actual name on maps as it has only appeared in the last 80 years or so as the Marram grass has stabilised the dunes that continue to grow.
The area of marsh are inland is marked on older map as today as `Yellow Myres`,


The track down through the encroaching Sea Buckthorn has now narrowed to the width of a footpath, When i worked here as a Greenskeeper when i left school 30 years ago on Gullane Golf Course the road was wide enough for tractors to drive sand from the now disused sand hole for top dressing greens and green side bunkers, and down to the beach for rougher sand that we called `gravel` for fairway bunkers-it was used as did not blow as much in windy weather, it would blunt mowers if knocked up onto the greens if used at greensides,

Anyway back to the track and here is a wee film dropping down through the Seabuckthorn, it passes a flat area once the football pitch for the Home Guard, and through the old sand hole and down to the rock at Gullane Point,
Song is `Before You Go` by The Brian Jonestown Massacre


Surly Pugsley; Descending to Gullane Point, Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Rather than ride across the Bay and then need to wash the bike once home (i would be out riding again later) i rode along the dunes...


Its about a 5 minute ride so i did a non stop film to show the riders view,  always better when a rider(s) in front but no one else out here this early...


Glad to be wearing thick KUHL jeans so not to feel the tough spiky Marram grass to much...


To the big dune at the end and an amazing 360 degree view point...


Here is the film,
Song is `Post-Modern Sleaze` by Sneaker Pimps...


Surly Pugsley;  Dawn cycle along the Dunes. Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.




From the dunes it was back across the Reserve to the van and home as loads to do today but a nice wee ride...

If you have an interest in out here then a must read is `Footbridge to Enchantment` by the late local author Nigel Tranter, a friend of my father, and as a child at primary school he would visit and tell stories of local history, then when i left high school and started my apprenticeship as a Greenskeeper   i  would often see him taking his daily walk across the reserve and would exchange a wave,
Always notebook in hand, stopping every so often to write, most of his novels were written from notes taken out here, the book tells  lot of history about the land out here and how it has grown and how the Bay has filled in and saltwater marshes where once there were beach huts on sandy beaches,  worth finding a copy...






More soon...

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Mid week cycle; 1 hour fix at Tyninghame...


I do enjoy this time of year when the nights are growing shorter rapidly and you have to get a move on after work to get out for a daylight ride-esp if you want to do some filming. Motivation to ride is easy as your racing the sunset,
After commuting home i loaded the old Pugsley into the van and within 10 mins i was unloaded and ready to ride.
Not riding to the beach there is no need for specific cycling clothes, work clothes are fine,  just a swap to my Salomon boots, and a Merino base layer under a T shirt.
5pm and no parking charges after 4pm now were on winter hours!...


Down to Ravensheugh and the beach was deserted, perfect...


After the 40mph+ gales yesterday the dunes at Peffersands were rock hard on the top and soft on the slopes, and the beach blasted with logs and grass humps exposed.
I had one plan for this ride, head for the dunes!

Here is a short 2 minute film,
Song is `Talk-Action-Shit` by The Brian Jonestown Massacre`


Surly Pugsley Dune Surfing at Tyninghame, Oct 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Broadsands at sunset...


Into October now and you can feel Autumn in the air now. The seasons all have things i look forward too working out doors, even the shorter evenings as the scenery and light changes, take the coast, with 7pm sunsets you get a totally different light yet are home with he stove on nice and cosy and still have the evening to enjoy by 8pm.

This evening the wind had dropped from a full on gale of 40mph gusts and after a cycling free weekend i enjoyed the days commute then home and put the old Pugsley in the van and headed down to North Berwick for an hours ride before sunset,
The John Muir Way is a good way to make your way out to Yellowcraig and keep out of a strong westerly wind. Crossing the field to Yellowcraig and amazing low light-that magic hour...





Through the woods and onto he coast, near deserted i had the beach to myself soon enough and the last light of the day was fantastic...



The windswept sands of Broadsands were hard and easy going....

Riding down a flat hard sand beach is not boring when you have such amazing views and Autumn sunset light, you just have to soak up the scenery and be thankfull you live somewhere real special...

Into NB and with the light fading it was time to head home and get the stove lit,got a couple of months rides like this after work to look forward to when high pressure weather,

Wee film using the mono pod and Go Pro,
Song is `Owls and Vultures` by Luke Janela...


Surly Pugsley; Sunset beach ride at Broadsands... from coastkid71 on Vimeo.
More soon...