This is the fourth in my "Back Roads" series. It's a simple concept. I pick a destination and figure out a route there and back on minor roads. I'm looking for great biking roads, scenery, history and adventure!
In this episode I'm heading south, to England. The main road is the M74 (in places called the A74(M) for obscure reasons) There is also the old A74 now de-trunked and designated B7076 & B7078. But I'm looking for a more scenic and winding route.
Studying the map I found a road I'm sure I've never been on. It starts in Carronbridge and heads for the Lowther Hills and the Forest of Ae.
|I know I've complained about this before but come on guys, some road signs on back roads would be helpful. We don't all have satnav.|
|But I found the way. The weatherman said it would be sunny but this was not really true.|
|Lost again. I'm sure this sign once contained useful information like "this road is a dead end in 2 miles".|
|Cattle grid in the hills.|
|Robert the Bruce statue in Lochmaben.|
|Silted up harbour in Annan.|
|Workers making cordite|
|Near Gretna I came across these cars waiting to race in a rally stage.|
|The motorway at the Scottish border|
|The River Esk at Longtown|
Heading back into Scotland
|The road between Canonbie and Langholm has been closed for some time because of a landslip. The local council don't seem to be in a rush to fix it but this earth mound placed to stop traffic is easy to get past.|
|They don't bother fixing pot holes either|
Suspension footbridge in Langholm
Another excellent "Back Roads" run. I found some new roads and some interesting places. The day was slightly marred by uncharacteristicly bad behaviour from the CBF. It started misfiring and spluttering. Later that evening when I fuelled up it left a pool of petrol on forecourt. Oh well, excuse me, I've got a carburettor to strip……
Nice write-up, that large pot hole you found is about a mile from my house, next time you go by call in and visit another FJ, Border crossing at Penton Linns is on my way home.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you like the post. Dumfries & Galloway is probably my favourite area for bike runs. You recognised the pot hole! - it really is a small world.Delete
Back roads are definitely the best, but it sounds like you have one of the same issues we see with no street signs on some of the backroads. You'd like to think you know where you are but sometimes you just have to guess.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing.
The road into the Lowther Hills was a tricky one. I've never ridden it before. It doesn't really go directly to anywhere just access to farms so there's not much to sign. It also follows a looping route so you have to start going northeast to go south. I don't want to fit satnav so I'll have to keep relying on map-reading.Delete
Back road riding is my favourite too. This is how you gather all these little snippets. Well done Stuart. And more please?ReplyDelete