Union Canal, Edinburgh

Day 15

Spent the day touring the Union Canal in Edinburgh. The Union Canal runs from Falkirk to Edinburgh and has a lovely bike path along it’s 31 mile path. After a weekend of hiking I thought it be best to gear up that old bike of mine and hit this excellent trail.

The canal starts about 500 m from my flat which was really convenient, however somewhere between my door and the canal I managed to “break” the bike… I did something to the chain to caused gears one and two to not stay in place. Every time I’d gear down the chain would fall off??? I still really wanted to explore the canal so I decided that one gear would be good enough. Luckily the canal was flat but getting back up to my flat on the bike was another story. Going up hills in this city on the highest gear (the only gear that was working) left me breathless. I’m only here for another week and a half so riding a fixie will have to do. Makes for more exciting stories I guess… first the brakes, now the gears, I wont be surprised if I get a flat tire between now and next week.

The canal was gorgeous for the 10 miles I rode. The scenery from the canal in the city is very picturesque with old buildings along the waters sides. There was a canoe class in the canal and loads of cyclists, walkers and runners along the route. As the canal moved towards the outskirts of the city, it became wider and the scenery was that of farms and rolling hills. I’d say the most fascinating part of the canal was that roads were built underneath it. The canal literally goes over roads at some points! It was a weird feeling standing next to the canal and 10 meters below there where cars and people hustling to get to were they needed to go.

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Got a chance to catch up with Alex, a good friend over vegan hot chocolate this evening at The Chocolate Tree before heading over to kickboxing with Combat Solutions. After we all went to the pub for a great night. There is a ceilidh on Friday which a bunch of us are going to attend. A ceilidh is a traditional  Gaelic gathering that involves a special Scottish dance that usually takes place in a pub and hundreds of people join in. Should be lots of fun.

Oh Happy Canada Day everyone!

 

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