After a quick downscale of the optimistic itinerary yesterday, Day 1 of Ride the Highlands consisted of driving my Big Tree Camper to Glencoe then pootling around Glencoe Lochan in the beautiful setting autum sunlight. Unfortunately, my handover with Q (aka Graeme McLean from Developing Mtb in Scotland) didn’t extent to optimal angles of Go Pros on chest mounts and this James Bond filmed her knees for most of the evening.
I was joined for dinner last night in the Clachaig Inn by Tess Hill, orienteer and hill runner of great repute.
Today I rode from the Inn up Glencoe on some lovely single track that kept me safe from the thundering traffic on the A82. It was so nice I didn’t mind doing it 3 times when various items contested to the Go Pro failed. User error I am sure.
Tess and I eventually set off up the Staircase and I watched as she sailed off skyward while I hemoraged energy trying to ride the unrideable. After an impromptu photoshoot on the pass courtesy of a German tourist, Tess was now long gone but I hoofed it off after her enjoying the fast flowing descent more than is polite. It was about 2 mins in that the Go Pro packed up again which was annoying but only meant I had to do this trail again so not a huge loss. 4th time lucky?
Tess got to Kinlochleven a couple I minutes ahead of me but I was so blissed out after that descent that I couldn’t give a hoot!
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We retrieved Tess’s stashed bike and spun back round the road to Glencoe. Great ride and a great run apparently. Don’t know how she does it.