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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:57 pm 
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It was a cold and overcast morning as our merry band of Man set out for a circular loop of Aberdeen, the recent snow was still on the ground making for an interesting few hours riding.
Keeping it retro I took the Proflex 750 (now known as the "Sno-Flex" :lol: ) and set off across town to pick up a trail by the river Don.The ground was frozen with an inch or two of snow, making for some decent speed and some entertaining rear wheel drifts in the corners :D as I neared the beach the grey clouds decided to dump another helping of snow on the already frozen trails.

The section along the promenade was exposed and I battled into a headwind the whole way, with the snow in my face I was preparing myself for a pretty grim couple of hours cycling ahead of me. But by the time I reached the quaint old fisherman's village of "Foot Dee" the snow had changed to big slow falling flakes, making for a winter wonderland scene.

A quick road ride around the harbour, and an even quicker ride through Torry (if you stop for any reason you'll find your wheels gone :lol: ) brought me to Nigg bay where there's a new harbour under construction, then up Tullos Hill which gives views out over the city, by which time the skies had cleared and it had turned into a gloriously crisp sunny day 8) the perfect spot for a brew :)
Riding along the trails at the top of the hill was hard work as the snow was a bit deeper, but soon enough I was riding through Kincorth Nature Reserve, and from there it was a quick freewheel alongside the A90 down to the river Dee.

The trail alongside the river Dee was also pretty quick and slippery, but good fun, and I found myself thinking back to the talk I went to by Hans Rey last week where he mentioned "accepting risk", as I slid around mere feet from the icy pool of death to my left :lol: a bit further upriver the Dee was frozen over, big icebergs sticking out of it like some glacier :shock: unfortunately my phone battery had died by this point, typical.

All in all it was a great ride, and no bike cleaning needed! :mrgreen:
I can't blame anyone for not making the drive up here, road conditions werent the best. So enjoy the words and photos. Might do a re-run of this route in the warmer, drier , summer months...


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:10 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:40 pm 
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Good on you fer getting oot. I got as far as looking oot windae, seeing the drizzle that was melting the snaw doon here, and said feck it.

There was a programme on the BBC at end of last year sometime about Footdee fishing village, "Fittie", it was very interesting about its origins and history.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:28 pm 
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jimo746 wrote:
Might do a re-run of this route in the warmer, drier , summer months...


Aye sooner if possible :)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:38 pm 
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Well done Jimo!
Pretty optimistic thinking summer will be sunny and dry-ish though.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:28 pm 
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clubby wrote:
Well done Jimo!
Pretty optimistic thinking summer will be sunny and dry-ish though.


I know. :facepalm:


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:40 pm 
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Looks an amazing days ride, like the pic of the promenade :)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:23 pm 
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I hadn't realised the new harbour was to be built there... glad I'm no longer cycling that coast road to and from work. Mind you the sewage works right at the bottom of the hill there was always badly placed for someone about to breathe deeply for a few minutes!

Good on you for getting out in the cold regardless...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:45 pm 
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Location: In the foothills of the foothills of The Cairngorm Massif :D
Nae dolphins?

:xmas-big-grin:


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:11 am 
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Mr Panda wrote:
Nae dolphins?

:xmas-big-grin:


Err... No, they probably couldn't break through the pack ice :lol:


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