July, 2008

Jul 08

Rannoch to Fort William

I rode from Rannoch to Fort William at the weekend and caught the train back at the end of the day. It was a magic day out and I can totally recommend it. I crossed over the bog to Loch Treig and went up the river to the base of the Grey Corries before heading along the fireroad past Loch Eilde Mor to finish on the final section of the West Highland Way.

It took me 7.5 hours with pretty wet conditions underfoot and with a very noticable headwind all the way. Next time I would probably leave myself more time and head along the Ciaran Path, which I haven’t ridden, to Blackwater Reseviour (taking in the technical downhill to Kinlockleven) instead of going up the Abhainn Rath.

Wow – check out all the links in this post! I’m starting to get to know the area pretty well.

Jul 08

Potter’s birthday and Glen Kinglass

I’ve had a pretty rubbish start to the summer overall. Some annoying niggly injuries and then shingles. On top of that, the weather has been pretty crap. I seem to be coming out of the other side of it now though, which is great, so it’s time to make the most of what’s left of the summer.

Bananas at noon

Stuart called on Friday night and wanted to get out on the bike for his birthday. Nice timing Potter – a great way to begin getting a little fitness back. He’s described the ride, which turned out a bit longer than expected, on his blog. I had a top weekend, just what I needed – a nice long ride (but not very hilly) in a new place, top company and some lovely whisky too. Magic.

Happy birthday Stuart!