Sunday, October 01, 2006

East Ayrshire Part 3











Cumnock Church

Yesterday was looking good for a day on the MTB down by New Cumnock on part three of my East Ayrshire route.
This section goes across some remote tracks first in forest then across a moor.
When I got to the start at Corsencon Hill above New Cumnock I discovered the dreaded Scottish Coal are in the process of opening up an open cast mine, the road up the hill was closed (I went up anyway) and a belt conveyor was being built, so it doesn't look to good for the MTB trails over Corsencon Hill.
I'll need to investigate further in a month or so when they've finished the work.
The tracks were in better condition this time there was no forest work going on but the path through the trees onto the moor was awfully muddy and overhung with wet tree branches, I was glad to be waring gortex boots to keep out the yuck, not very pleasant at all.
The highlight of the outing was the lovely rough descent to Muirkirk, I was given some envious looks (I think) by some youngsters slogging uphill with packs as a zoomed past downhill.
I had arranged with Anne for a pick up at Sorn but I was ahead of schedule so I phoned to say it wasn't needed I'd just complete a loop down through Cumnock, ended up over 50km and 5 hours on the bike.
Got back home a 5.30 had a shower and an hours snooze before going out to a supper dance at a the golf club till midnight, thats what I call a full day and explains why I'm sitting in front of a computer at 1.30 in the afternoon with the sun shinning outdoors. The hangover has just about worn off so its to get off my rear end and get out there.
I think I'll go fungi photo hunting below Hawking Criag down by portencross.

Yesterdays photos here

4 Comments:

Blogger Jinxx said...

Like the sound of the boots, might have to invest in a set of waterproofs for the winter

9:59 PM  
Blogger Whee said...

Old walking boots soles done for walking but OK for short spells and still waterproof, keeps the feet warm and dry, no style though just practical, like me.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Jinxx said...

If it works, who cares what they look like

3:15 PM  
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