First (mini) tour for 2 years.

Brandane

Rain magnet.
Location
Costa Clyde.
Just getting ready to head off on my first "tour" for a while. Only one night away, following the NCN route from North Ayrshire down to Ayr, Maybole, Crosshill, then south to Newton Stewart. About 85 miles. One night in a hotel, then depending on how I survive, return by the same route, or a shorter option to Dumfries for the train home. Hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew, as my cycling mileage has been cut somewhat over the last 2 years. It's a route I have done before, so I know what to expect with the Nick o' the Balloch etc.. We shall see......
 

gasinayr

Über Member
Location
Ayr Scotland
If the Nick o the Balloch seems too much, cross over from Crosshill to Stration and up to Rowantree toll from there. Still a climb up from Tairlaw Toll but less than the Nick
 

Slick

Guru
....And the coward's return route via Dumfries then the train is favourite (at the moment; final decision in the morning!)
Discretion is the better part of valour. :okay:

Enjoy👍
 
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Brandane

Brandane

Rain magnet.
Location
Costa Clyde.
Discretion is the better part of valour. :okay:

Enjoy👍
Actually, according to Google maps, Ayr is closer than Dumfries by about 4 miles, and only 300 ft more climbing. I can bail at Ayr and be home in an hour by train, rather than about 3 hours from Dumfries. Plus, the wind is to be from the south. So looks like Ayr is the more sensible option, and I can carry on cycling the flat bit home if I feel like it.
 
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Brandane

Brandane

Rain magnet.
Location
Costa Clyde.
Made it back again, too :laugh:.
Thanks to @gasinayr for saving me about 600 ft of climbing on the return journey by explaining the route to Straiton instead of Crosshill - but it did add 5 miles to the distance :okay:. Garmin link. A most enjoyable 2 days, and a wee boost to my cycling mojo - until the next time it rains (Wednesday, according to the forecast :rolleyes:).
 
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