Lunch With a View — Fan Of… #128

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This week’s Fan Of… is Lunch with a View.

Viewpoint overlooking Forth/Clyde Valley
Viewpoint overlooking Forth/Clyde Valley
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Bike Trailer — Fan Of… #126

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This week’s Fan Of.. is our new bike trailer for towing with our e-bikes.

Bike trailer
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This Weeks Bike Ride #2 — Sunday Stills and CFFC

Hi, all ๐Ÿ˜ƒ If you’ve seen my Kalkhoff E-Bikes — Fan Of… #115 post, you’ll know that my wife & I recently got these bikes & are using them to explore the local area. As I’ll be taking plenty of photographs on the trips, I thought I’d share some of these with you ๐Ÿ˜€

This is also my post for Terri’s Sunday Stills: Are You Ready for the Great Outdoors; the answer is a resounding Yes ๐Ÿ˜ & Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water Found in Nature.

Another long ride this week, 80km (50 miles). Looking on various maps, we’d seen that there was an old Tower House in Alloa, so we thought we’d head over to the other side of the Forth & go have a look. Our ride was the usual mixture of canal paths, National Cycle Routes & cycle-friendly roads.

As usual, we joined the Forth & Clyde Canal (NCR 754) at Lock 20 & headed east towards the Kelpies. It was a bright, still morning with some good reflections in the canal, plenty of flowers & even a Heron sunning itself in the morning sun.

From the Kelpies, we headed north on NCR 76 towards the Clackmannanshire bridge to cross the Forth. There were some great views from the bridge of the older Kincardine Bridge and the flood plain as a whole.

Once over the bridge, we continued northwest towards Alloa along designated “cycle friendly roads” where the cars are told to slow for oncoming cyclists ๐Ÿ˜ƒ We paused briefly to get some shots of Clackmannan up on the hill; Clackmannan Tower is just visible through the trees in the last pic (we visited there on the way back).

Finally we reached Alloa Tower.

It was now time to start heading back, with a quick sidestep to Clackmannan Tower. This sits up on the hilltop with commanding views over the Forth Valley & the Ochil Hills to the North.

On the way back we decided to return via the Kincardine Bridge & headed onto a coastal cycle path (very narrow) which took us under the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

A wrong turn near Kincardine happily led us to a perfect spot for lunch. This was next to a large anchor acting as a memorial for lost sailors & ships from the local area. Again, there were great views of the Forth & the Kincardine Bridge.

After lunch, we headed up onto the bridge & picked up NCR 76 to take us back to the Kelpies, link up with NCR 754 & back home.

…and finally — there is one downside to cycling in good weather, particularly if you have little hair on your head. Whereas my wife suffers from helmet hair, I suffer from helmet head. You can actually see the pattern of my helmet on my scalp where it has been shaded from the sun ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

This Week’s Bike Ride #1

Hi, all ๐Ÿ˜ƒ If you’ve seen my Kalkhoff E-Bikes — Fan Of… #115 post, you’ll know that my wife & I recently got these bikes & are using them to explore the local area. As I’ll be taking plenty of photographs on the trips, I thought I’d share some of these with you ๐Ÿ˜€

This week’s ride turned out to be a bit longer than anticipated; well, we knew the distance, but you can’t really get a feel for topography off 2D maps without contour lines ๐Ÿ˜‚ The end result was 73km (46 miles) & plenty of hills ๐Ÿฅต We headed out to Bo’ness & back using a mixture of canal paths, National Cycle Routes (NCR) & normal roads. Today was more about seeing how far we were comfortable going in one day, so not so many snaps.

Down at the Forth & Clyde Canal, it was still early & mist was sitting over the water’s surface.

Forth & Clyde Canal
Forth & Clyde Canal
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Kalkhoff E-Bikes — Fan Of… #115

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This week’s Fan Ofโ€ฆ Our Kalkhoff e-bikes which are totally awesome & have changed our lives.

My wife & I are just entering our 10th year without a car & couldn’t be happier about it. Up until last year, we went everywhere by public transport or on foot. Last year, with the pandemic, came major travel restrictions, especially so on public transport. As restrictions have started to lift, we are still not overjoyed by the prospect of sitting in an enclosed space with others to travel & have become confined to where ever we can get to on foot.

Until last month, that is, when we took delivery of our 2 new Kalkhoff Agattu 1.S XXL e-bikes (the shot below was taken the day after we got them) & we couldn’t be happier with them ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Kalkhoff Agattu e-bikes
Kalkhoff Agattu e-bikes
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The Kelpies — Fan Of… #111

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This week’s Fan Ofโ€ฆ The Kelpies.

The Kelpies (โ˜œ click here for more info) are the largest equine sculptures in the world & are modelled on two workhorses of times gone by, Duke & Baron, representing the lineage of the heavy horse that were key to Scotland’s industrial success. The Kelpies sit at the eastern end of the Forth & Clyde Canal & are well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

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Happy Anniversary ๐ŸŽ‰ — Fan Of… #110

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This week’s Fan Ofโ€ฆ celebrating another anniversary with my awesome wife, Susan (โ˜œ click to check out her site) — Happy Anniversary, Sweetie ๐Ÿ˜˜

We’ve been together 24 years now, & married 18. We don’t have a car through choice & so have recently been saving like mad to get ourselves a couple of long-distance e-bikes. They arrived just over a week ago, in time for our latest anniversary, & the adventures have already started. We will be using the local canal paths to get around & explore as many of the local attractions as possible by bike.

Forth & Clyde Canal
Forth & Clyde Canal
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