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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:01 pm 
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Really unsettled weather but at least it wasn't to cold.
Very enjoyable and the company helps to :wink:
My shoulders, arms and wrists are feeling it though, V's
and fully ridged were the cause.

Thanks guys :D


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Location: Falkirk! But I am a Fifer so that's OK...
Most moist! Well wet! Damn damp!

I knew we were in for a nautical adventure when we pulled into the carpark to find Cousteau's Calypso already moored there and taking up most of the parking space.

Wet suits donned, we sealed our hatches and tacked windwards on the road for a couple of miles - upwards towards our first port of call, Craigowl radio mast.

Craigowl radio mast - Pass the tinfoil buff please...
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It was hard going swimming like salmon against the flow up hill. The flotilla was not amused, but don't let the picture below fool you, Mikee soon cheered up when he spotted his beloved Lomonds distant on the horizon.

Aye, the first climb was that bad - clubby just out of shot to right
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Dundee - Where even the livestock are junkies
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Setting off again from the mast, grassy and a few loopy up and downs. The Ken was the first to run aground - managing to beach on a small island, and avoiding a wet arse by the narrowest of margins. Then we hit the hillside descent proper - dark heather, muddy, rocky, rutted and the inevitable flowing water.

Jamie coming down off the mast
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Rob - easily rider of the day. The man was in the groooooove
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The Ken and his soft, soft gloves
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We stopped part of the way down the rapids - you can see on the other side of the hill 'the steps' from the old XC races. Clubby, TK and mikee were waxing lyrical.

A river runs doon it - Once were paths
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After fording the 'Dead Marshes' from Lord of the Rings and failing to guide TK to his doom, we climbed about a third of the way up the steps, hooked a left, slipping and sliding on some narrow muddy singletrack towards the quarry. Bomb holes, and a wee bit of gnarl at the end.

The Ken and Jamie rocking in the quarry
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Crash of the day went to Mark. We were descending some steep muddy singletrack - not sure what happened, but he ended up several meters down the hillside, his bike balanced perfectly on seat and handlebars (?), and his fall only broken by assorted gorse bushes. I don't think he was impressed with his DIY acupuncture, although he'll be pleased when he finds he no longer suffers from a bad back.

There were definitely some nasty climbs involved, but plenty of singletrack too. ' On a dry day... ' was said more than once, but it was much better than good as it was, even though the conditions weren't.

TK and Mikee bailed before the final descent - a Mikee trail of the first order. Totally overgrown at the top, and seriously laugh out loud wet as we continued downwards. At one point I couldn't figure out why clubby was slowing down until I saw the water up at his cranks. Dive, dive, dive!

A great day out, and Mark hit it on the head. It really did renew the enthusiasm.

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looks a grand ride guys. gutted i missed this one especially in the midst of my hangover this morning.

mind the write up lol.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Good stuff lads :D ...WTF is ZZ wearing? His swimming goggles?


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kaiser wrote:
Good stuff lads :D ...WTF is ZZ wearing? His swimming goggles?

Them and my water wings.

Those shitey Chinese Fakely's. Although they were actually not bad, didn't mist up at all, although that might have had something to do with the snorkel I used.


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Thought they were, I'm thinking of getting a pair also, fancied the white or clear though. I was going to try to get them fitted with prescription lenses.


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kaiser wrote:
Good stuff lads :D ...WTF is ZZ wearing? His swimming goggles?


Iz ZZ aka Ali G innit 8)


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Ali Z?


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