Aberfoyle never fails to disappoint. A mixed day with humidity, cool wind, rain, more rain and more more rain. Forest ice creams, lunch pies and a swim at the end wrapped up a ride to mark the end of summer.
After 3 hours sleep I rolled all my stuff together and hit the road to Aviemore via the gravel tracks of the Invercauld estate. Saw two adder snakes on route, one big and one small (pictured). It freaked me out a little because I saw both last minute. One stood its ground and came at me before disappearing into the heather!! 😬 thought these were meant to be shy!
Once I hit Tomintoul I had to find the smoothest return so hit the tarmac, I’d aggravated an injury to my thumb so thought best to keep off the trails.
That’s me done, time to hand back the account! Thanks for any likes. You can follow me @tartangravel
Yesterdays ride was quite something, with 2x mountain passes, one of which was my first munro on a bike. Starting from Finzean, over to Tarfside using the Fungal Road, then up and over Mount Keen to rejoin the Deeside Way. Camping was trickier, I hadn’t thought it through and I eventually bedded down on the sports field in Ballater, not as exotic as I’d hoped 😂.
Today, I’m aching in places I never knew I had and I’m off to Aviemore to catch my train.
After a pretty fuss free train journey to Aberdeen cutting inland along the Deeside Way was equally easy. It was 30 miles to my camp spot in Finzean via a much needed nutrition stop at the local pizzeria in Banchory.
The heavens opened around 11pm, so I now know what putting up a tent in a swimming pool is like.
Thankfully I survived the night and now breakfast . . .