A couple of weekends ago my Saturday featured two things it wouldn't have this time last year - coffee and cycling. Having owned a bike (ashamedly) for around 3 years, I only started going out on it a few months ago. I started seeing cycling everywhere, including posts from the lovely Iona on Instagram who was cycling on her commute to work, and looking happy about it! My mum had also been out on her bike with my nieces and nephews and was encouraging me to go too. Feeling bad for Etienne (the name already given to my bike) sitting gathering dust in my garage, it was time to get out and go for a spin... is that what you even say about cycling?!
After a few outings on my local trail called the Deeside Way, which is mainly an old railway line between Aberdeen and Ballater in Aberdeenshire, I ventured a bit further afield to another old railway line (also in Aberdeenshire) called the Formartine and Buchan Way. After 20 minutes trying to cram my bike into the car without removing any part of it, I drove to Ellon - where my friend lives and we were starting the route - and we cycled part of the Ellon to Udny Station section.
The purpose of the cycle - as well as the fresh air and exercise of course - was to head to The Coffee Apothecary, as neither of us had been there before. The last part of the route involved just over a mile on a fairly quiet B road, but again, it meant pushing myself out of my comfort zone and just doing it in order to get to the scones and caffeine! I'm usually a tea drinker all the way, but recently when I'm out I will often have a coffee, and I felt like I'd earned my cheese scone (with chutney) and latte :)
So all in all I'm quite enjoying both coffee and cycling, now and again, and I'm hoping to give Etienne more outings throughout the autumn months as there are so many routes to try in Aberdeenshire. I may have to invest in a bike rack if I'm going further afield though!
I'm Kelly. A thirty-something year old adventurer from Aberdeenshire. Read more about me in the ABOUT ME section.