There were explosions of bold yellow bursting through thick clouds. It was a battle between sun and clouds that forced out streamers of pink. The sunrise over Kirkcaldy was mesmerising, but few people would see it. I was one of the lucky ones because I was on board the the 05.33 Edinburgh Haymarket to Aberdeen train.
When I left my flat to catch the train it was still dark. I had to attach the lights to my bike to complete the short cycle to the station. Songbirds were in full flow. A taxi dropped off some late night revelers as I started to pedal.
The 05.33 is one of the first departures of the day from Haymarket station, so all was quiet. In the next two hours the station would transform into a bustling place with determined commuters. Half a dozen other passengers were assembled on the platform. One man had a golf bag, clearly wishing to take advantage of the many courses that this train passes along its route.
Once we departed Kirkcaldy the sun started to take command of the day. The windows of a school briefly glowed like gold bars when they got hit by the rays. By Ladybank the clouds had evaporated and the sun was strong and blinding. The ground and rooftops twinkled with frost.
This was a great start to the day and a great prelude to my cycling trip. This is why I take the train.
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.