Day 12 ridethehighlands Robocop and I did The Burma Road today @keithgeddes @dmbins #dontwasteaheartbeat

I met my old (!) friend Keith Geddes today in the Mountain Cafe, Aviemore and after a tonne of scone and coffee thought we should probably ride a bit.

With the sun back out today it was a pleasant spin up the Burma Road and a terrifyingly fast drop off down to the river Dulnain. I had forgotten just how beautiful this route was and, even though Robocop did his best to wind me up, I had a thoroughly enjoyable ride on a mixture of great trail. I had also forgotten what good company Keith Geddes can be. Great to catch up with him and be reminded by the master of how not to waste a single heartbeat.

Ok you can stop being jealous now. Day 11 #ridethehighlands #pissingwet #fireroadslog #tiredlegs @dmbins #rab

After a day spent in Fort William checking out a trail tip off from Nevis Cycles (thanks guys, perfect!), we drove the, now very smelly, Big Tree Campervan back to Inverness. Just in time too because the heavens have opened and I have been riding in full waterproofs in plantation woodland near Tain (heartfelt thanks to Rab Outdoor Equipment for keeping me dry and sane during this difficult time).

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Today, on Day 11, having spread the soiled contents of the van throughout the entire house, it’s time to be off again. This time for some family riding in Royal Deeside followed by tomorrow(no apostrophe)s Burma Road accompanied by the legendary Keith Geddes and maybe others. For my finale on Saturday I ride the Corrieyarick Pass from Fort Augustus and get swooped up in Laggan then whisked down to Glasgow where I will be surgically removed form my bike and put on a plane to the Pyranees for bike detox. No bike. Two weeks. Weird. Maybe I’ll just take my helmet and wear it to cafes and museums.

Come ride the Corrieyarick with me…

Days 7& 8 #ridethehighlands. Skye to Fort William #hot #sunny #dry #weird and fun, fast trails

We spent the day after Sligachan riding routes on Skye that would appeal to families ostensibly so we could take more nice pictures of my bike, then hopped on the ferry to Mallaig. Sleeping that night back on the mainland in Arisaig we woke to the sun rising over a white beach and blue sea.
We drove to Fort William and straight to Nevis Cycles. When it comes to checking out trails in an area that’s not your own there is no better first stop than the local bike shop. Dougie helped us out with our route choice for the day. We took little encouragement to ditch the 6 hour bog trot we had planned and instead rode some amazing trails around Cow Hill and the West Highland Way.
A quick spin up the Caledonian Canal then northwards to Inverness base camp. Tomorrow I ride closer to home for a couple of days. If I can continue to make my legs go round.