Cycling really is simplicity itself. You want to go out for a cycle you jump on your bike and head out. Simple.
Now add into the mix several blind or partially sighted cyclists from Fife and Lothian, transport arrangements, pairing pilots with stokers on the correct sized pool tandem, exchanging pedals and finally each pair trying out the tandem they have been allocated! A time consuming process. That was what happened this morning at the Dalgety Bay base of Talking Tandems.
We finally got on out way but luck was not smiling on me. Originally down as solo support I ended up pairing with a new stoker on a large tandem. At 5 ft 5 in not an ideal size. I was willing to give it a go so that the stoker could get out. We left the car park and within 10 metres one of my pedals had fallen off! A quick fix and Gavin, my stoker and I was off, almost 400 metres later and a gear cable snapped. That finished Gavin off he decided that he would get picked up and head home. We limped back to base and I got on board my solo steed and headed out to try and catch the others.
We headed across then under the eerily quiet Forth Road Bridge. We then headed on country roads to Winchburgh and Linlithgow. The turning point was just after Linlithgow and on the way we stopped for lunch at a handily placed garden centre.
The return route saw the group heading through the lovely Hopetoun estate and Port Edgar and heading, once more across the Forth Road Bridge and back to Dalgety Bay.
The route was 35 miles long
with 2100 feet of climbing.
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