Sunday, August 19, 2007

Midge hell

Yesterday was West Kilbride flower show, Anne and I had several home made bottles of wine entered and she was lucky enough to win a first, a second prize and the wine trophy. I can't claim any credit except in an advisory role like "just add more sugar and see how it goes", well done Anne!
After yesterday's 16 hours of wet weather Graham and I decided to stay away from the mud and took a spin on the MTBs from Muirshiell above Lochwinnoch to Kilmacolm.
The moor track was gloriously wet but isn't muddy so it was geat fun splashing through all the surface water and swollen streams.
The route is a figure of nine with a stop off at Kilmacolm 'java minute' cafe for coffee and cake.
On the way our back our feet were so wet we decided to clear the bigger rocks out of a couple of wide stream crossings so that we could video each other splashing across on the bikes, what a laugh.
Back at the car the midges were unbelievable, clouds and clouds of the little biting beasts, by the time we got the bikes on the back of the car and climbed in we were well and truely bitten all over. It was a relief to get the car going and the windows down to clear the little bliters out.
Fun day out all the same.

Video of a winter crossing here.


Blogger Jinxx said...

and according to the news, there are supposed to be less of the little buggers this year.
problem is, you kill one, and a hundred turn up for the funeral

1:39 PM  
Blogger Whee said...

I think the 24hour rain followed by a warm still day did the trick they all fornicated in the woodland at Muirshiel ready for the next lot of tourists who just happened to include us.
I come up in large itchy lump for about an hour after a bite so its no fun at all.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Jinxx said...

Did you not have a MTB route around Glasgow on your site at one point, had a look and could not see it.
Reason for asking, i was thinking of heading up to my mates in Glasgow for a bit of mountian biking and drinking afterwards, he stays in North Glasgow

5:16 PM  
Blogger Whee said...

The route at Mugdock is the only one I have on my site that's close to north Glasgow. It can be started from Mingavie town centre along the West Highland Way track and has some nice bits on route. Hope you manage to get there.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Jinxx said...

Thanks for the info, been looking at MTB websites, and there is not one trail up on the North East side of Glasgow, probably because its to close to Easterhouse and the like, which seems a pity

10:19 AM  

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