Then off to check the cycling club's hut..once called the summer hq where some would go and stay on a Friday night to give a good start to a weekend ride. It is 30 miles South of Ayr where the club is based.
We don't do a lot with them at the moment, but Pirate is a life member so still takes an interest.
Plus we have friends living over the road from the hut, and next door just the other side of a burn.
It was a lovely sunny day and the butterflies were out in force, Red Admirals. Peacocks and Tortoishell.
Time for a cuppa and put the world to rights as we hadn't seen our friends by the burn since March.
Then over to the next village to park the car in the community car park and ride our bikes "round the block"...which happens to be over 36 miles..or 58km. Quite a way, but over moorland and open countryside and smaller roads.
We saw fewer than ten cars.. but a couple were inconsiderate if not dangerous.
With stops it took us over three hours..longer than we had hoped, but the first third was against a headwind and uphill! We managed to get back just before lighting up time, thankfully. The community car park has a row of solar panels that run the lights which was useful for packing the car.
We took a different way home, over a main mountain road, one we know well..and as night fell we saw lights ahead..an accident?
No, a large white bull was happily grazing the verge and his owner's friend was keeping an eye on the traffic until he could be taken back home. Apparently he is the one that doesn't fancy the Ladies in the herd, so sometimes wanders.
Home safely.. tired...glad that there was soup in the freezer.