Jimmy's coastal walk : Day 8

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday always looked like being the best day of the week following the gales delivered by ex-hurricane Katia at the start of the week. And so it turned out, a beautiful early autumn day. This time Colin Hamilton joined me for the day. A couple of buses got us to Aberdour for about 10 am. This part of the Fife coast was new to Colin and although I had cycled some of it before the day was full of new revelations around each corner, and there are lots of corners on our coastline. The cliffs may not have been as spectacular, nor the beaches so long or pristine; the wildlife was not so abundant nor the man-made structures so interesting; but we enjoyed an excellent walk of 16.5 miles finishing at East Wemyss. I had noted that a bus returning to Edinburgh left there at 1624 with the next one over an hour later so that became our target. As the afternoon progressed the urgency of our pace increased somewhat. Leaving West Wemyss with 2km to go in just under 30 minutes we were still on course but arriving in East Wemyss the village layout turned out more complicated than we imagined. The first person we asked seemed to think that the bus we were trying to catch was not the right one. Another person indicated that the Edinburgh bus departed from the other end of the village. Our rapid walking became a jog, and finally a sprint as the bus arrived exactly on time a hundred metres ahead of us. 
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