Janice shares with us how cycling during lockdown led to an unexpected surprise..
I have been cycling on and off for the last 18 years or so, although it has to be said that I am only a 'fair weather' cyclist...I love it when it is a bright day, preferably with no wind either! During the Coronavirus lockdown, my husband and I have been out on our bikes quite a few times and early one glorious Sunday morning we ventured from Stirling to Alloa. Over the bridge in Riverside to Cambuskenneth then heading out along the road from Cambuskenneth turning right after the level crossing and onto the main road. Follow this road out to the roundabout and join the cycle route 76 heading towards Tullibody. Further on, past the filling station, go over the old bridge and watch for a path on the left which drops down to join Cambus/Menstrie link and turn right onto it. Follow the path to Cambus alongside the River. In Cambus we took a path signposted for the river and cycled along the banks of the Forth. Then followed signs into Alloa.
It was a beautiful day and the scenery was spectacular. As a route, it was virtually flat the whole way and was mainly on traffic free roads. The busiest part was joining the main road after the railway, but it is a fairly short stretch. The surfaces were good, apart from the river path at Cambus. The path to get onto the river bank was quite narrow, so would have been hard to 'socially distance' if we had met anyone, and the track alongside the river was hardpacked grass but was still OK to cycle on. Having said all of that...it was well worth going that way for the views...and almost a sense of being at the coast! When we went, we hardly saw a soul.
An added bonus, apart from the wonderful scenery, was that we managed to get fresh crusty bread...something we've not managed to get since lockdown started as we've been using Tesco's Click and Collect service and although we've tried to order some, it always seems to be out of stock!! Being in Alloa early on a Sunday morning, Tesco was really quiet with no queue so I took the opportunity to nip in and get our fav food!!!
We cycled home using the main Alloa cycle path, even spotting a heron on the way, with the smell of fresh bread chasing me on to a great breakfast!! So all in all, a very successful morning's run!.
Total distance of the ride - approximately 20 miles.
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