Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The first bite of summer

Beith Cross

Tom had other plans today so thought I'd take advantage of the sunny day with a road cycle over the Dalry Beith lanes to the RSPB at Lochwinnoch.
It was actually a bit breezy heading inland, cut the corner over to Dalgarven, they seem to be rerouting the Saltcoats Dalry road so it's closed to traffic but I sneaked past OK.
The road at Greenacres curling rink was also closed but I sneaked past that as well.
Down at the RSPB there was a kids school trip but fortunately the were picnicing outdoors so the place was quiet inside, so were the birds, all I saw through the spotting scopes was a single Crested Grebe, nothing else.
Had coffee and cake and headed back to Beith, that's where the first bug bite of summer was delivered to my knee by a passing insect, lots more of that to look forward to as the days warm up.
The cross in Beith was renovated last year and is looking really nice in its spring blossom (picture above).
Final leg of my return was over Fairlie moor, a stiff climb to 850ft but with nice views and a rather dangerous descent to the main road.
Great days cycling.

Todays pictures here

Route description here (shorter)


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