Sorn to Ayr and lots more
Today Tom phoned and we arranged to drive up north to Loch Katrine but when we saw the cloud cover to the north we promptly about turned south but without a clear idea of where we were going.
We stopped at Mossblown having decided to head off on the quiet roads of east Ayrshire.
First priority was the cafe stop, fortunately Mauchline had the answer in the little garden centre by the main road at the north edge of town.
The quiet roads heading east eventually brought us to Sorn where we decided south was the only real option eventually finding ourselves in Auchinleck.
To avoid the traffic I lead Tom out the Ochiltree road and down through Dumfries house estate on to the Skares road, it was a bit lumpy for the road bikes but we took it slowly.
The Skares road has large lorries running from the open cast mine so it was a relief to turn away to sinclairston, where it was decision time, right and 50minutes back to the car or straight ahead and 2 hours back, so straight on it was then, to Holybush, Dalrymple and South Ayr by which time were ready for some apple pie and cream at the secret garden tea room at Doonfoot.
What a pain it is cycling along Ayr promenade dodging cycles kids, dogs and deaf people then those traffic bumps along the front enough to shake your brains loose.
along the river is nice but just when we got away from the bizz there's a no cycling path (fat chance).
We finally found our way back to the car after stile jumping, step climbing and a bit more off road.
A thoroughly satisfying days outing
Route map and description click here