I had a ton of things to do today, none of which involved going out on a bike, but you don’t have to live in Scotland very long to realise that summer can happen at pretty much any time of the year, without warning, and when it does you’d better seize the moment because it’s unlikely to hang around. So, after dutifully slaving away at my laptop all morning, after lunch we slipped the leash, just for an hour or so.
There had been rumours of golden eagles up beyond the reservoir, but in truth we needed very little excuse to tackle what is one of my favourite rides.
No eagles, in the end, just a couple of well-behaved buzzards. But we did hear a cuckoo calling, and the sound of a curlew, and we sat and ate cherries in the welcome breeze at the top and then we careered down the hill and rode home through the dappled shade of the river valley. If this is the only summer we get, at least we’ll know we made the most of it
That said, it’s forecast to be sunny again tomorrow…