Today dad set out from Pitlochry early (about 7.00) and by 11.00 he was crossing over the highest point of his journey – 1515 feet (on Sustrans route 7) – quite some achievement! To celebrate he caught his breath and took this photo. Does it mean it’s all down hill from here?!
It’s been another good day (61 miles total) and the weather has been very kind. The first 25 miles up to the top of the pass was all up hill, dad described it as ‘hard work, but not agony’!. The path has been beautiful – really out in nature and he’s been thrilled to see red squirrels – 3 yesterday and 1 today. En route he also passed the Ruthven Barracks (he tells me they were destroyed by retreating Jacobite troops after the battle of Collodon).
He arrived in Aviemore in good time and was able to get his bike checked – the brakes and chain needed some attention, so he was pleased to get them seen to.
Tomorrow will be Aviemore to Dingwall – about 50 miles, so he expects to break through the 1000 mile distance tomorrow (currently standing at 957). Then on Monday from Dingwall to Altnaharra, on Tuesday on to Melvich where Paul and I will join him, then Wednesday the final leg up to John O’Groats! It’s fun to trace the last few days on the maps below… (apologies – they look as if they’re different scales!)
Many thanks to everyone for your ongoing support 🙂