Rides bikes, paddles sea kayaks, takes pictures. Life on the road & my home in Cornwall.
Galloway Gravel: part 1
Part one of a week spent exploring the tracks and trails of Dumfries & Galloway in the company of friends.
Aside from the riding itself one of the best things about bike touring is the sense of community around it and the valued friends made as a result. From time to time I get to host travelling cyclists in my home in Cornwall via the Warmshowers network for example, and also enjoy opportunities to visit friends made on the road or simply through shared stories. Eight or nine years ago I began corresponding via blogs with a couple spending four years riding all over the world who, on return home invited me to make the journey north and stay for a while to enjoy some of the terrific gravel and dirt road cycling in southwest Scotland. It’s an area often overlooked by visitors who generally associate Scotland with the ‘highlands and islands’, as such the area is quiet, the roads empty, and the people warm and friendly.
Archibald the Grim… A member of the Black Douglas clan, I have no idea how he came by that name but presumably it wasn’t because of his sunny and outgoing disposition.
I’ve split this post into two as there are one or two snapshots… and if you happen to stumble across this looking for info on touring, road and gravel cycling in Dumfries and Galloway then Esther and Warren now run Galloway Cycling Holidays, offering guided and self-guided (with support if required) tours of the area and can also put together custom itineraries making the most of their extensive knowledge of the area. Highly recommended.
I imagine I’ll sling together part two over the weekend… Stay tuned.