Friday, 28 October 2011

Dallas & Romach Loch

With fine weather forecast all day, I headed for the hills for some XC riding with my friend GS. Neither of us has ridden this route before, but confident with the trail presented before us on the map, we loaded the bikes & headed for Dallas as a base for the day. Let the adventure begin....

Grinding up the first climb of the day

I took a slight detour to see if this bog was ridable....well it wasn't. Splash...feet soaked in freezing water, not the smartest idea I have ever had, especially at the start of the ride. Doh!


GS with his new trail guide

Nice autumn colours, not long till there is snow up here

Once a bridge, but long gone

Not the last time I would be pushing today!

GS trying out the fatbike.....

...Leaving me to get the coiler through this muck using my superior bike skillz...aye right!

Well, the map shows it as a trail

GS quickly finds out that what looks like a trail, may not always be ridable!

Nice! Right up to the knees!

Swamp-tastic! Ok, think we are going to have to leave this trail for a moonlander! Back to the map..

Pit stop for rear puncture on the coiler

Yet more forestry work going on

Romach Loch, look nice eh? Well looks can be deceiving.....

Hmmm that trail looks a bit close to the water..

So does that, someone could fall in there...

Oh, too late! GS smiling after climbing out of loch. Bike & rider went for swim after front end got stuck, thankfully it was not too cold today

Quickly turning into trail from hell. Hike-a-bike went on for miles

Not much traffic comes through here!

Other side wasn't any better, where exactly is the trail supposed to be?

Finally off the hill & enjoying a well deserved downhill section

Looking over the Moray coast, with Findhorn Bay & Culbin in the distance

Bike looking as tired as the rider by this point

Things are starting to get pretty muddy, really happy with the nate tyre in these conditions

Finally made it back! Really long day, nearly 7 hrs riding, walking, pushing & swearing! Excellent day on the hills proving how capable the bike is

Monday, 24 October 2011

Random Moray riding

It has been a funny month..another trip offshore which always gets in the way of riding! Came home with nice dose of man flu, then busy getting ready for the arrival of motorman Jnr the 2nd  in a few weeks, finally the engine decided to die on the bike bus, so riding time has been at a premium lately!

Anyway, things are getting back to normal again & I have managed a few good rides on & off the beach to see how the 9zero7 would perform on XC trails.....little heavy, but huge fun factor is the answer! 

Heading up Bin hill, enjoying the first colour of autumn

Nice view from the top looking back towards Lossie in the distance

Another beautiful sunset on the Moray coast

Goodbye summer, we will miss you!

Riding the slime

Nate working it's magic at the Oakwoods in Elgin

Not the normal thing you find sitting at the side of the road, Buccaneer Jet, which used to be stationed at RAF Lossiemouth

Hauling ass on the way from lossie to the windfarms above elgin, before heading along Marnoch road to Rothes

Hardly felt a riding a sofa!

Heading back down from the hill into Rothes & the start of whiskey country

Some lovely still houses on climb from Rothes to Tiendland

Autumn in full colour

Anyone for a wee dram?

Final push for home in some stunning countryside. What better way to spend a Sunday?