Cafe, cycle and a cruise.

What a great weekend after winnning my category I was on a high and hardly managed to get any sleep.  It seemed like I had only been in my bed for minutes when the alarm went off and I went to get the bikes ready for a trip by rail to Dundee and then a cycle around Dundees Greenway.

Carol and I biked down to the station and just made the train.  A quick pleasent trip north and we arrd in Dundee.  First stop was the uni to visit Carols son and see how he was settling in.  Everything seemed fine and after a cuppa and some banter we headed off to look for some food before we started out on the Greenway  We had food and drink at the McManus museum cafe and headed down to the shores of the silvery Tay to start our bike ride.

Looking south from near Doscovery Point

Looking south from near Discovery Point

The Greenway is in good condition and is generally well signed.  It is a circular route with the acknowledged start being at Camperdown Park.  We started at sea level and headed up towards Camperdown and Templeton Woods, at 600 ft the highest point on the route.  From Templeton the Greenway winds its way through some of Dundees parks and picturesskew areas!!

Carol on her Peugeot Camargue

Carol on her Peugeot Camargue

Inside Camperdown and heading for Templeton the Greenway tarmac dissapears and is replaced with dirt tracks possibly not suitable for an out and out road bike but ok for tourers.  After the climb to Templeton the descent back to sea level begins!  Unfortunately due to time constraints we had to cut things short and head back to the train station so missed out Broughty Ferry with its castle and cafes!  We whizzed back and were soon on the train heading for home.  21.27 miles 850 ft of climbing in 2:33:54.

Saturday evening was spent on the setee with some Bondage (Dr N0) and a bottle of beer.

Sunday dawned nice and bright and we headed west and south this time to Hawes Peir in South Queensferry for a cruise on the Forth with a stop on Inchcolm Island.

The cruise had been a birthday gift in January and this was the first chance we had to use it we climbed on board the Forth Belle with the Forth as still as a mill pond.

Approaching Hawes Pier

Approaching Hawes Pier

Onboard the Belle I paid £5.50 each so we could go onto Inchcolm Island.  The Island has an old abbey on it and is dotted with buildings from both world wars.

Some of the defences

Some of the defences

Inchcolm Abbey

The Abbey

Its well worth a visit and on a day like today with the sun shining and clearing skies the views were pretty amazing.  You could see the 3!! well 2 and a half bridges.

The bridges

The route of the cruise takes you under the rail and road bridges an amazing view from a totally different angle.  The noise from the road bridge as vehicles cross it was startling!

It was back to Hawes Pier into Carols Saab and home!

A great weekend made all the better by the company.




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