Thursday 16th August 2012 – Day 4

Dalgety Bay (just outside Abedour) – Carnoustie

= 80.18 miles

= 2,550 feet climbing

= 3,421 calories burning

Today, we woke up to sun shining, thank god! We all got up at 6:30am (with bin men dropping off a wheely bin in the lay-by!) and started our morning routine, me – unlocking bikes, Harry getting the breakfast ready, Mum sorting the dog out and Dad checking over the bikes.

It was that warm we all had breakfast outside, very different to 12 hours before when we rocked up in the pouring rain. I had to put back on my soggy Mavic shoes, whilst Dad was show boating that he had brought two pairs of cycling shoes, cheers Dad! We set off just before 9:30am and because we had cycled a lot of today’s route last night, we could take it relatively easily.

Straight away, as we were cycling out of Dalgety Bay we stumbled on a nice 16% climb, nothing major just helped to warm the legs up. The view was amazing, we could see right across the Forth over to Edinburgh and Arther’s seat.

The major town we saw before lunch was Kirkcaldy, very different to Leigh we went through yesterday. Lots of lollipop men crossing children on their way to school all shouting hello across the road, little kiddies waving! We also stumbled across a bike shop called ‘spokes’, I popped in to see whether I could get a bar end plug that was knocked off yesterday.

In terms of terrain, the roads haven’t been too bad, they seem to be smooth on the stretches between towns and then dug up and lumpy in the towns! We’ve also not had any long climbs yet, just very short, sharp bursts. The views are becoming more impressive, we now almost constantly have a view of the sea and Dad and I try to name the islands we pass.

Harry and Mum had parked up at Brankie Park in Anstruther for lunch, they had been washing our clothes in the morning so as the sun was out the Motorhome was used as a washing line to dry the clothes in the sun! We had bacon sarnies for lunch, with egg – they were amazing, Harry is spoiling us with his menu’s!

We’re mainly cycling on the A917 which is a fairly busy road but nothing Dad and I haven’t seen before.  It makes you appreciate it more when you come off and cycle on the coastal paths. Over lunch we checked the weather forecast as it was meant to rain in the afternoon, apparently this was now not the case, so we risked it and set off without waterproof gear again!

We mainly followed the NCN 1 route again, this took us up to Tentsmuir Forest. Dad wasn’t looking forward to this part of the day as it meant we had to go ‘off road’.  His carbon, Planet X frame definitely wasn’t built to deal with this type of terrain.  Needless to say, I loved it, such a welcome change from the busy roads, just bumbling through the trees.  At the end of the forest we hit the sea again and began to head in land.

Once out of the forest we could see the bridge we needed to cross to get over to Dundee!  The cycle path on the Tay Bridge was amazing, it took us down the centre of the carriageways raised higher than the road so we had amazing views! At the end of the bridge, we took the cycle lift down to the road and began heading back East out of Dundee to meet the Motorhome.

We’re now sat in a campsite in Carnoustie, called Woodlands.  The owners are incredible and they are letting us stay here for FREE because we’re doing this for charity. We’ve eaten dinner; sausage casserole, brown rice and a bottle of red wine (the first of the trip!) and now I’m about to head to bed! Lots of happy campers below (photo to come).

Rain is forecast for tomorrow morning, so when we wake up we’re going to check and possibly wait until the afternoon before we set off. As we’re ahead of schedule in terms of mileage, we’re banking the miles for such days!

Over and out!

One thought on “Thursday 16th August 2012 – Day 4

  1. Completely forgot to include St. Andrews! Unfortunately we couldn’t enjoy the scenary too much as tourists kept jumping out in to the road, along with them trying to find car parking spaces and blocking the road. Saying that I did see a shop that claimed to be where Will and Kate met!

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