We have had a dry spell of about 10 days so Paul reckoned that the trails would be OK for cycling. It has not always been dry & sunny – quite thick fog some days which has taken time to clear, overcast some other days, but NO RAIN! High pressure to the east often gives reasonable conditions in February, just a shame that there is little snow on the hills.
We decided to cycle up to the Camel’s Hump (west of Dunoon) mobile phone mast, down into Glen Kin and out to the tearoom at Benmore. Leaving Dunoon on the track was a bit of a haul uphill on a soft and quishy track. It turns out that there is forestry extraction going on up there and a couple of new tracks are being put in – at least they might be tracks in the future but for now one is a total mud-bath while the other has a rather large hole track width about 20m in!
The single-track link path from the mast to the top of the Heritage Trail tracks was OK – but don’t try to cycle it all as there is a 1m deep ‘dip’ across the stream. It would be deeper but there is a large black pipe in the bottom of the stream bed.
The track over to Glen Kin was a bit soft in places and then, near the entrance to Glen Kin we came upon a forest lorry loading timber. This meant a short wait before exiting onto the Glen Lean road. More surprises as there were workmen here on a Sunday!
Along the road, up the Glen Massan road and Puddle Lane to the Benmore tearoom. Lane was almost dry – the remaining puddles were easy to avoid. The car park was busy but most must have been out and about in the Gardens as we easily got a seat for soup and cake (no scones, must have been a busy day in the tearoom!).
Well sustained we set off for home via Puddle Lane and the ‘black top’. By this time we were both quite chilly and glad to be home, heading for hot shower after cleaning up the bikes. I know this is my first outing on the bike for 3 months as my ‘but’ is a little tender!
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