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Tenere Rides the Galloway Hills

15 Jul

Popped into the Galloway Hills this morning and after seventy miles of mostly single-track I popped back out again in South Ayrshire.

What a lovely ride! There was a bit of art along the way —

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But if that is ‘art’ on the block – so is my Tenere and the scenery beyond the stone wall —

 

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I was pleased to see my Black Swan – subject of an earlier winter post – is still in Glenkiln Reservoir and one of the locals told me there are now a pair – great stuff if it is true —

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Dunscore church was busy with a Sunday service – here she is from a picture I took a few years back. I was fitter then —

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I had to be as I lived in my caravan at a Wildlife Park a few miles down the road —

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After Dunscore I rode by the well named Glen Midge and Penybont where I picked up the Scaur Water and followed it many miles to it’s source in the hills.

I pulled off the beaten track at one stage —

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and found this rough bit of water —

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but it wasn’t all rough —

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Then there were many miles of open road —

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with the odd gate —

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and a solitary deserted cottage —

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About here I left the tar behind and enjoyed a bit of this for several miles —

Then it was up through the forest and over the watershed taking me down into Ayrshire. A right turn had me in Sanquar after a few miles and then I couldn’t resist the Mennock Pass which carried me over to Wanlockhead – Leadhills and Elvanfoot. I followed the old A74 for several fast miles south then across the M74 and up towards the Devil’s Beeftub before a right had me down into Moffat for a coffee at the Rumblin Tum.

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