The photograph above is from the cycle track looking up Dumbarton Road towards Yoker on the north western edge of Glasgow.
I've been away on a week long trip with friends so the lack of activity is not due to a lack of photos or ideas as I now have a backlog of around a dozen posts. It was a week without any internet access, just like the old days, but surprisingly I didn't miss Pandora's Box of tricks at all. Although I enjoy posting on the blog, getting comments, and sharing my trips with anyone interested it was nice to remind myself that I have a life outside of the virtual one as society in general seems to be increasingly heading towards a modern kind of subtle slavery of the mind. If you don't post online these days you can feel very isolated and cut off, especially if you are younger, but it does take up large amounts of time. It can also feel that a day out or events, no matter how enjoyable, didn't really happen unless you document it in some way online. Instant gratification for an increasingly self obsessed society but also highly addictive and slightly troubling as to where this technology will lead us and shape or condition our mentality in the future.
With a shock it suddenly occurred to me that I had missed most of the summer due to various things occurring, including poor weather and illness, so I jumped on my bike for a tour of the South and West side of the city before autumn arrives. It's a cycle ride of a few hours I really enjoy and one I described in my Glasgow guide book as having the potential to visit a wide variety of different places while still sticking to a basic circular template across half the city. I've enjoyed this tour for over 20 years yet every time it's a slightly different route I take so I never get bored with it.
Beside the Loch Lomond/Clydebank to City Centre cycle track lies the old Albion Motors factory in Scotstoun on South Street, a fairly quiet industrial feeling road lined with factories and shipyards running along the north bank of the River Clyde. Normally, I just zoom past but this time curiosity got the better of me and I decided to go in to see if this large factory was still viable. It is but mainly concentrates on manufacturing parts for heavy vehicles and trucks now. The BAE Shipyards (formally Yarrows) are still open as is a large scrap metal works but the cycle track here is slightly elevated and screened by vegetation and trees so it's a fairly pleasant green corridor with interesting visual highlights along the route.
to be continued....
As it's a Glasgow post here's a Glasgow band. Sons and Daughters formed around the same time as Franz Ferdinand but never received international acclaim despite catchy tunes, probably because they had a harder edge and unsettling darker themes in their music. At their best, like this song, they are capable of capturing an air of menace, mystery, and a slightly unhinged delivery. An ambiguous tale of what happens in the wild places of the world once you leave the safety of the harbour behind.