Day 28 – Monday 20th April

  • 60 minutes plus 5 minutes’ cooldown level 10 (bike 1)
  • Max heart rate = 163 bpm
  • Calories = 647 (total so far 9068)
  • Distance covered = 20.95 miles
  • Total distance so far = 314.16

Hooray – a PB again! But it was really tough. Despite Dave constantly calculating my estimated finish time and shouting that my legs can spin faster (really?!), I didn’t quite reach 21 miles. However, I am now over 300 miles and 9000 calories. England here we come!

The brilliant Anastasia kept me company today.

A tale of three bridges

I’m crossing the Firth not on the mighty Forth road bridge but this one at Kincardine is still pretty big – 822m long. At the time of completion in 1936, it was the largest swing bridge in Europe, and Scotland’s longest road bridge. 

1964 saw the construction of the Forth Road bridge – a massive 2.5km long which replaced the old car ferry service.

However, as we often hear on the traffic reports, there is a tendency for it to be closed in high winds, sending the traffic back over the Kincardine bridge. The addition of the Clackmannshire bridge (1.190m) in 2008 relieved the congestion in Kincardine.

My mileage today takes me to the Helix Park, a superb 850 acre parkland constructed on wasteland in 2003 providing cycling, walking and watersports facilities. 

In 2013 it also became home to the magnificent Kelpies, which draw visitors from around the world. Built of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding they stand 30 metres high and weigh 300 tonnes each. Apparently, kelpie is a shape-changing aquatic spirit of Scottish legend, usually in the shape of a horse and said to haunt rivers and streams.  

They look magnificent by day and by night and we were lucky enough to visit them on our Scottish road trip. Next stop a quick detour to the Falkirk Wheel before we head off to the south.