Saturday, 20 May 2017

Bike exploration...

Time sure is flying and the weather has been brilliant and I've been out bouldering lots. Alas I think the midges and ticks have just arrived which could impact activities a little. I have to remember that this is the first Scottish summer having only moved up late last August.

Orrin reservoir 

Fun dam wall and ancient Scots Pine stump
For a change of scene we went to explore on a local ride that I'd read would be good after dry weather. It starts from Aultgowrie and heads up a private (no vehicles) single track road to the Orrin Reservoir. Even though this is on tarmac its a nice climb as the views open up the higher you get.

Riding over the dam at the top is fun and the track continues, quickly getting rougher once past the hydro scheme/dam. Just before turning off this track we stumbled upon a bothy (Scottish Hydro) which provided a welcome relief and we stopped for a snack in it and met a Lithuanian guy (the only other person we saw).

start of the single track...

From the bothy you have to find the start of a stalkers path that heads off into the moors which was no mean feat. This track which was vague to start with took us all the way back and provided some fantastic single track riding, tight, rocky, smooth, overgrown, fast, slow... it basically had it all and was great fun!

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