Fat Mac was supposed to be cycling to Balerno with Lindsey and I today, but, although everything was previously arranged, he emailed me to say that his BMS (Bunker Mentality Syndrome) had taken a turn for the worse and that he was having to spend the mornings nowadays sitting in a cupboard. Mac failing to pitch up was probably the reason why Lindsey and I managed to get to Balerno. Every time me and Mac have set out for Balerno in the past, we’ve ended up in the pub in Cramond, getting sozzled. Cycling to Balerno is supposed to be Mac’s favourite route, though because he has absolutely no sense of direction and can’t map read, he has only managed it once, when his friend Poisonous accompanied him and showed him the track. Even then, Poisonous probably got him to Colinton and announced “Here we are in Balerno”. Mac wouldn’t know the difference.
I was going to take the opportunity today to show Mac the wonders of Google Maps, and NCR 75. He only knows the location of four things – his local pub, the off-licence, the supermarket and his allotment. More than 100 yards anywhere else and he gets completely lost. So I thought that GPS could open up a new world for him. That’ll have to wait for another time.
The NCR 75 from Leith to Balerno is currently under repair in a couple of spots, so our route today wasn’t straightforward. It was a lot easier getting back to Porty, and also downhill most of the way.
It’s an excellent ride to Balerno. It passes so many new housing developments, and following the Water of Leith takes you along some super paths. The way we went, via some diversions, ended up being 53.4 kms, with 264 metres of ascent, which on top of my ‘half marathon’ walk yesterday fits in well with Lindsey’s fitness schedule.