Monthly Archives: February 2007

Cycling: Round Fife

Today I headed North to Fife over the Forth Road Bridge, then the continued on the National Cycle Network to Dunfermline, where I managed to lose track of the sign posts for the National Cycle Network. Rather than turn back, I just continued on and ended up heading through Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, and Kinglassie before arriving up in Glenrothes. I stopped for a half hour break, before heading South to Kirkcaldy. I then took a cycle East for about 5 miles to Methil.

Realising I was starting to get rather tired, so turned back and got the train from Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh Park, changing at Haymarket for £3.85. It was quite interesting how close to the coast the train got on parts of the journey, with only a cliff of rocks separating the train from the Firth of Forth.

The weather was dry with it only lots of low level cloud coming in from the West. The only time I had some rain was getting off the train at Edinburgh Park staiton.

Haymarket Station was very busy when I was passing through with the Rugby and Football matches that were on in Edinburgh today.

The total distance of the journey was about 50 miles.

Cycling: Edinburgh to Glasgow

On Saturday I took a cycle along the Union Canal to Falkirk and then the Forth and Clyde Canal to Glasgow. It was a total of about 60 or 70 miles.

I timed it nicely for getting into Falkirk as I got to see the Falkirk Wheel turning.

It was a really nice day for the cycle, with only a short shower of rain just after Falkirk. The great thing about cycling along the canal towpaths, is that it is fairly level all the way along the route. However, the towpath in places is very muddy.

I took the train home from Glasgow Central to Wester Hailes. At £4.35 it was cheaper than going from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Park, which is more frequent, but requires a change to get there.

Nvu and KompoZer on Intel Macs

I’ve done a bit of searching on trying to compile Nvu and KompoZer on an Intel Mac and it would appear to be very difficult without lots of patches that have already been integrated into the Mozilla source code. They are both based on some old Mozilla/Gecko code. Namely the 1.7 aviary branch, which did not support Intel Macs.

In the mean time I can use KompoZer (a bug fix release of Nvu) though Rosetta, which seems to work. Ideally they need to be based on newer Mozilla/Gecko code so that they can be compiled as a Universal Binary for Mac OS X, thus run natively on Intel Macs.

Cycling: Cross Country

Yesterday I took a 70 mile cycle along the East Coast from Edinburgh via Musselburgh, North Berwick, and Dunbar. It was a really nice day for cycling as there was only a gentle breeze and a nice spring sun, whilst not being too hot like in the middle of the summer. I can now say that I have cycled the whole way along the East Lothian Coastal Trail, and across the Scotland-England Border.

Between Port Seton and Gullane there was a very high number of cyclists travelling in the opposite direction. Many of them were bunched up in groups. Most were wearing proper lightweight cycling gear and using road racers, unlike me.

At North Berwick I didn’t stop this time, I just kept going. Shortly after, just outside Tantallon Castle, I stopped for a quick drink and take my fleece of since it was getting rather warm.

Until North Berwick the road was fairly busy in comparison to the rest of the journey where the roads were a lot quieter. This was probably just as well after Dunbar as many of the vehicles beside you can be travelling at speeds of 60 or 70 miles per hour. There are some parts of the journey that had sections specifically for cyclists, which was nice. It would however have been better if there were more of them.

At Dunbar I took a short break for lunch and set on my way again. It was about 1pm, so I had another 3 or 4 hours to cycle the next nearly 30 miles to Berwick (the next station on the East Coast Mainline). I headed into the unknown.

At one point I decided to deviate of the A1 to go along some of the back roads, and ended up in some bay with a single track road and at the bottom was a caravan park. Heading back up the other side was so steep I had to get off and push the bike up the hill. Next time I’ll either keep to the roads I know, or take a map with me.

I managed to surprise myself as I thought that it would be dark even before I got to the English border. Even so the sun had already set, it was still light enough until I got into Berwick upon Tweed.

The train back home cost me £10.10 with my young person railcard. It seems that once you are going a larger distance, it doesn’t matter which of the Edinburgh stations that you go to, even if you have to change trains, it still costs the same, which is nice.