60 km plus, on and off road including riding near off the map and finding yet more local trails I knew not
I rode between Midlothian and Borders by bridleway skirting the big scary bulls and chasing a fox. Climbed over umpteen gates before sneaking into the village of Heriot. Slogged around the hills by tarmac then attempted a traverse of the Moorfoot hills by a path indicated on the OS map. As I commenced the path the local sheep farmer asked if I was sure I knew the way. 'Its up this track, over the saddle and traverse the down slope to Gladhouse reservoir, thats right isnt it ?' says I. He laughed quite a bit then said yes before wandering off chortling to himself. That should have been a clue but I went ahead anyway. Blimey several miles of pushing bike through deep grass and marshes following a barely visible quad bike track. Great scenery though, Midlothian spread out before me, magic
Found a potential addition to a loop of singletrack I already know of behind Rosewell. The new bit skirts around a large field in the woodland strips that surround it. Half up, half down 1 foot wide rooty trail providing 1-1.5 miles which when linked with the bit I already know of linked by farm road should make an enjoyable figure 8 loop.
Basically a great days cycling on varied terrain which ended up a long day on the trail. Only started out as a wee bimble but cycling is such addictive stuff. On top of everything Claud my lovely old fuscia pink CB Zagatto never put a foot wrong, a joy to ride