Battered by Strong Winds and Rain for 50 Miles

With Saturday back round again the Warriors headed out for their usual Saturday pedal. Yet again the numbers had dwindled and the roll call looked like this, me, Chris, Gilly and Andy Bennet!

Good to see Chris and Andy out again!

Ally and Ricky had opted for cake and coffee at the windfarm while Stevie was away sunning himself, Alan McKee appears to have vanished off the face of the earth! Ian was away down South for the weekend and Shaun was taking his wee one to her swimming lesson, then heading out for a wee 30 miler in the afternoon.

The forecast for today was dry apparently……. bollocks! I awoke at 7am and was met with the sound of wind and rain battering off the window! A lesser man would have gone back to bed………… ok I did but my wife kicked me back out! (Only Joking)

I set off at 8:15am and headed over the Hamilton back roads up the big killer hill just before you have even had the chance to warm up! I arrived at Muttonhole Road, our meeting point, just before 8:30am and was shortly joined by Gilly, Chris and Andy. I didn’t actually know that Andy was joining us until he turned up with Gilly and Chris, it was good to see him out again and enjoy his company for our pedal.

Gilly Arriving at Meeting Point
Gilly Arriving at Meeting Point
Chris Arriving at Meeting Point
Chris Arriving at Meeting Point
Andy Arriving at Meeting Point
Andy Arriving at Meeting Point

After a quick chat we set off straight into the driving rain and winds and into Larkhall, Birkenshaw, Blackwood and into Happendon Services for a toilet stop for Chris and Gilly. We were constantly fighting aginst the strong winds and the driving rain and at one point a couple of lorries passed by on the other side of the road and sucked us in then spat us back out. Really had to work hard to stay on the bike!

After a quick toilet stop we headed back on our way heading through Colburn, Sandford and Strathaven. From here Chris and Gilly headed to Chapelton while Andy and I turned off and headed back to EK via Auldhouse taking in some of the Wednesday night route.

Just as we arrived back in EK soaking and filthy, the sun reared it ugly head!

At one point we came round the corner to be met with 2 cows in the middle of the road blocking our route past. We had to wait a few seconds while the farmer ushered them to safety.

All in all it was a great pedal, albeit wet and windy! I felt very strong and didn’t have to use any of my Energy Gels which was a good sign! Feeling in good shape for next weeks Pedal for Scotland 110 mile route.

We completed the 50.13 miles with an average speed of 14.1mph, not bad considering we were battling against the elements!

Stu