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 —
But if that is ‘art’ on the block – so is my Tenere and the scenery beyond the stone wall —
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 —
Dunscore church was busy with a Sunday service – here she is from a picture I took a few years back. I was fitter then —
I had to be as I lived in my caravan at a Wildlife Park a few miles down the road —
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 —
and found this rough bit of water —
but it wasn’t all rough —
Then there were many miles of open road —
with the odd gate —
and a solitary deserted cottage —
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.