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Report on Edinburgh - Glasgow Cycle
14 July 2013

We started off late due a mix up in arrangements at Anniesland Station. We got on the train with our bikes but had to separate throughout the carriages. We got off at Edinburgh Park station which has been newly built on the outskirts of the city and links with the tramline.

We soon found the Union Canal towpath and headed west. The path was rather bumpy with loose stones and unfortunately by the time we got to 6 miles outside Linlithgow, Gail's tyre got a puncture. As she had forgotton to bring a spare tube and no-one else's fitted. Gail had a long walk to the station in Linlithgow to catch the train back to Glasgow.

Onwards we cycled and enjoyed a well earned rest sitting outside a pub on the bank of the canal drinking cold beer. Eventually we reached the Falkirk Wheel which is where the Union Canal meets the Forth and Clyde Canal. Another rest here then 3 miles along the tow path we stopped at another pub/restaurant for a meal. It was taking ages to serve us Pizza due to a problem with their oven and by this time we were getting anxious as we still had a long way to go. The owner was so helpful and gave Robin and I free chicken pakora whilst we waited then eventually gave us the pizza in a box, again free, to take with us. We strapped it onto the rack of my bike and the smell of pizza was amazing as we cycled onwards towards Glasgow. After a few miles we stopped again and the pizza was eaten.

We arrived back in Maryhill well into the evening after cycling 53 miles. Another good day out as weather was perfect for cycling.

Irene Cahill

Robin in tunnel
Elaina and Maureen at lunch
Richard and Irene
Steve and Robin
Maureen and Richard coming out of tunnel
End of Union Canal at Falkirk
Along the Forth and Clyde Canal
Another tunnel
Falkirk Wheel
on route
nearing end of a long cycle
dirty legs

Photos: Irene Cahill

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