Now if we return to the serious purpose of why to cycle to Edinburgh (honest taxman, I can claim mileage here at 20p/cycled mile), it was to see how wind turbines are affecting the British countryside. However, there really don’t seem to be many around at all. Where are all these wind turbines? I know from looking at the UK installed capacity published by Ofgem that there must be about 3000 proper big turbines installed somewhere. Well where?
Today I saw one farm of about ten north of Galashiels (photo). Yesterday across the high ground of Northumberland there were none to be seen. There was say five small wind farms across Leicester, Lincolnshire, Co.Durham. I estimate that means I have seen 100 individual wind turbines across a 350 mile bike ride. So where are the other 2900? Anne B seems to think they are all in Caithness. Well give us a picture Anne, prove it. I am perplexed.
In terms of cycling today, it was pretty good. I made Byreness to Hawick (back road) in much better time and enjoyed the quiet roads to Galshiels. This did involve some time on the A7, but it was quiet. The A7 north from Galashiels is a different matter and I grow increasingly distrustful of cycling on any A roads in Britain.
So Edinburgh tomorrow seems certain and I will post a little more story if things go to plan. Plan? Since when was there a plan other than to journey?
Tata for now.
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