Friday, 5 August 2011

On Our Bikes

The weather was glorious today for the first time since the bikes arrived. So we took the opportunity to take them for a spin. We took the route from Craigtoun Meadows to Strathkiness which is quite a climb but it's one that is well rewarded by the lovely views at the top and the luxury of freewheeling down to Guardsbridge to meet up with the Fife Cycle Route 1. 

The route passes Leuchars station so we stopped off to buy railway tickets for next week to go and visit Edinburgh for The Fringe. After the station the cycle path runs by the ancient Leuchars church, a beautiful building dating back to Norman times and unlike any churches I have seen in England. From Leuchars we headed to the beautiful Tentsmuir Forest which lies at the head of a peninsular between the estuaries of the Rivers Eden and Tay. It was great to cycle through the  forest of tall pines in dappled sunlight. Within the forest is a large picnic area and tracks from there lead to miles of unspoiled beach.

It was great to see the sands and the views across the estuary to St Andrews. I messed up a bit in the forest and guided us onto the coastal path rather than the cycle path and it was hard going for a couple of miles but eventually we met back up with the right track and headed to Tayport where we stopped for a well earned cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Sarah texted and asked if we could baby sit for her for an hour so we headed back to St Andrews by the road. Altogether we cycled for four hours and I reckon we covered about twenty five miles. Not bad for a first effort.
I think Marion may be taking baby sitting too literally.

When we have finished baby sitting it's back to the caravan for our evening meal. As it's Friday we can have some wine with our spaghetti with crab (we're still trying to eat sensibly and keep on top of our weight so wine is restricted to weekends) . Last night I cooked a Thai green prawn curry and managed ok in the confined space and with the relatively limited facilities. So cooking is going to be fine although next week we are going to treat ourselves by cycling to St Monans and having lunch at the fabulous Seafood Restaurant if we get another day of good weather.

I'll leave you with a snippet of an act that we've been told is a must to see at the Fringe

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