I'm home first, hardly surprising, I live beside the hills
Us three intrepid souls set out in drizzle that quickly abated, then cleared to give a bright if very breezy day.
First bit was fast as it followed level path, tarmac and farm road before a wee bit of B-road speeding. Then we hit a farmtrack into the hills, spotted some single track parallel to us so followed that through twist muddy tree routed trail. Nice tactical dismount from The Ken on a particularly rooty bit but no harm done.
Reached a crossroads, more cross paths really and proved our navigational ineptitude by asking passers by to point out on our map where we were
Soon we knew and set off up a nice steady climb across the moorland to a pass between the hills. Stopped for a chinwag and then set off down the other side with increasing speed, yeeehhhaaaaa
What a buzz but I did dent the rear steel wheel rim hitting a rock, bashed flat again later with another rock, stoneage technology
Next stage was a long slog upwards and over to another pass, lots of walking, little riding and a good crash from ZigZag as he expertly crossed one muddy ditch just to go over the bars crossing another ditch only yards after the first, oh how we laughed
Finally reached a wall to shelter behind as we chatted and put the world to rights.
Eventually we pushed up to a path we'd seen another biker descending and decided we would do likewise. Another tremendous fast technical downhill, loose rocks and deep ruts, couldn't stop grinning all the way down. Apparently this was the section The Ken hit a sheep way BITD, thankfully he did not repeat this trick.
Last bit was a fast sprint across a field with a few good opportunities to catch some air before arriving back down close to the Edinburgh Bypass.
At this point we split with me returning home to type this summary. ZigZag took some pictures we'll no doubt see later.
The Pentlands are as good now as ever they've been and I must make more effort to get back up there. A good meet and proof a cheapo old Raleigh can cut it off road.