And so it came to be that today was MTB day. It should have been 5 go mad in the Hills but one of our number had technical issues with broken tyre valve and no spare so only 4 of us set off with chilly extremities. The ride got off to a good start,well, as good as any start up Ballo can be as we turned in at the bottom gate and didn’t have to slog up the road any further. Interestingly once off the tarmac the pedalling seemed easier. Up we went over the icy patches and brushing past the broom and gorse. This being Andrew’s playground he was setting the directions. Our target was the wind farm well less of a farm and more like just 2 turbines on their own. Up through the trees and over the snow we went. Magnificent scenery all the way up. If you remember the story of the Emperors New Clothes and how he was conned into believing something that didn’t exist did well whoever sold him the clothes also sold him a special Land Rover and he drove it about up Hallyburton then they told Andrew about the special Land Rover tracks. So from the wind turbines we believed Andrew when he said there were tracks just over the fence. Bill and i were doubtful and Allan reckoned he knew the way! Over the fence we went. NO TRACKS. Across the heather and tussocks we pushed and carried our bikes. I’m not sure which was making more squeaking noises our bikes or Bill and I. Re grouping we did wonder if anyone wanted to go get the toys that had been thrown out of the prams 🙂 Now it was downhill heading for the Kaisers on more Land Rover tracks. We were allowed about 400m of tarmac Then it was disused railways tracks at least they existed 🙂 Through the woods and we went and then down the road yes the road to Meigle and recover tea and scones. After recovery it was back toward Belmont and back on track well disused railways ones. Then a short hop from Ardler back home. Cracking day just wish i had brought the video camera.
Monday Update. The LandRover Tracks appear to resemble Nazca Lines except more overgrown from when the photo was taken 🙂