So as I was quite lax late last year, and this year too really! I thought I would just do an image dump of the later trips I did last year but never posted. A short description just to separate them out from each other and let the pictures speak for themselves. Once this, and one other bit of house keeping is done I shall try and post up some of this springs trips.
So in no particular order:
Loch Ossian through ride
First trip us is a 3 day Jaunt through glen Ossian, loch Treig and through to Kinlochleven. A quick road ride to Fort William to sort out a brake issue, and then home via the East Highland way. The last day was a pretty long one and so I have very few images of the EHW itself. Nice ride if a little tame in technical terms, in conjunction with the WHW it makes a great tour through the Southern Highlands and along the edge of the Cairngorm/Monadhliath group.
No joy with the brakes but I did find this! It was incredibly cold and windy, and as I have always wanted to try a Hobbit house I figured why not!? A quick trip to the chippy and I was all sorted. The cabin had a kettle/microwave and even a wall mounted mini-tv. 10 minutes flicking through the channels did little more than reinforce why I don’t have one!!
Glenfeshie-Braemar-Glen Geldie round trip
So this trip is a bit of a regular short notice trip, if I have a few days off unexpectedly I often do this route as it’s a good one, and as I Know it so well there is pretty much no prep other than packing. I stayed at the hostel in Braemar so went pretty light, even left some luggage at the hostel as the manager was coming over to Aviemore a few days later!
A cheeky overnighter over the Burma road.
By the time I got to the bottom my discs were almost glowing. Anyone who as done this descent will know why, it is a very fast track with no real technicalities so it is easy to let the bike run and then wish you hadn’t!!
Once back into town it was off to mountain cafe for there famous Jenga breakfast. Sorry no pictures, but I can assure you it was very good.
Glen Einich on the fattie
The winter was a mixed bag this year, we had plenty of snow high up but it was often too windy to get out and ski tour. Lower down we have a few days of snow, but for the most part it was wet and windy rather than snowy and cold/firm. Fatbiking therefore was pretty non existent, we had a little more snow later but again, it was often to warm and soft to get any decent rides on. I have planned a trip in the Arctic circle this winter coming so was hoping to do some multi day trips on the snow pack in prep, hence the rides through Glen Ossian etc as scouting trips. I did a great trip through the Laraigh Ghru last winter and was hoping to extend it again this year, but every time I went into the Ghru to was either too windy and/or too soft! so I just rode what I could.
This trip into Glen Einich was one of several attempts, again due to wind mainly. The glen is a real wind tunnel, especially if the wind is blowing Northerly, which it often is. It is not uncommon in summer to ride in against a head wind, when it is more manageable, and take almost 2 hours!, only to be back out again on the return leg in less than 30 minutes….
The wind today was pretty strong, but not enough to be unridable.
I have been trying various ways to carry my DSLR on the bike for future trips, so far this is working out as the favourite. Pretty stable and with room for spare batteries and a charger, I can even get my Galaxy Note in the front pocket….