Mays bivvy seen me leaving work in Grangemouth on Friday and cycling out to Kincardine to meet up with the Fife Coastal Path.
From there I followed the coast round to Inverkeithing where I stopped for a quick chippy before pressing on, the plan was to make it to Kirkcaldy to try out my first night under a tarp with a bivvy bag. I made good time on the easy going path so when I arrived at Kinghorn around 8 I decided to stop for a couple of pints. I went into Pettycur bay caravan park ordered my pint and sat down just as a large wedding party arrived, I was a braw sight sitting among them all with my new Bear Bones jersey on!
A few pints of Stella seen me nicely through to the back of 9 when I decided it would be quiet enough to find a spot for the night. A further 20 minutes and I was on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy and pitched up next to Seafield tower, a beautiful spot to spend an evening.
Out came the hip flask and I whiled away the next couple of hours listening to the seals howling and watching the cargo ships slowly disappear into the fog. When I finally turned in I was knackered and dropped off pretty quickly. I think I managed an hours sleep before I was awakened by a group of local youths looking for a suitable drinking spot. I seen them coming so lay silent until they were about 10 meters away and then hit them with my Hope lamp at full power, to say they sh*t themselves is an understatement! They weren't long in hanging around after they'd asked my why I was sleeping there and how many gears my bike had (One lads was better than mine because he had 21 gears on his Apollo and I only have 10!).
I slept late in the morning and finally crawled out of my bivvy bag slightly soggy but having had a braw warm nights sleep. The porridge I had brought along for breakfast had been rendered useless as I had managed to use it as a pillow through the night so I had a quick coffee and a dook in the sea before packing up and setting off.
I was heading inland today and onto some of my favorite trails I used to ride when I stayed in Fife. I had mapped my route on Strava and tried to include some trails I'd not ridden before which turned out to be a bad idea. 45 minutes of horrible Hike a Bike ensued with no discernible path and only a few yellow arrows spray painted on trees to guide my way.
After despatching that and finally finding good track again I decided to skip summiting the West Lomond and skirt round the back of it instead and oh what a choice that was, that bit of track has always been one of my favorites but it was so deeply rutted at parts it was impossible to cycle. When I reached the top of the glen and looked down at the newly repaired path winding its way down like a river of gold I knew I was in for a treat! The next 18 minutes 13 seconds were the best of the whole weekend and enough to secure me 4th overall on the Strava segment with a loaded bike and having missed a turn at one point. I can't wait to go back without the gear and hit it in anger!
A few road miles and a stop at the pub before jumping on the train home at Ladybank rounded off my weekend, 67 miles and 2000ft of climbing wasn't overly strenuous but good fun and nice to be back on the bike again. I had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the tarp and bivvy setup, I bought the emergency bivvy bag to see if I liked it before investing in something more expensive and apart from the sweatiness in the morning it was great, time to get on with finding a good bag now!