Wednesday, 30 May 2012

High Rollers

Last week we had some wonderful spring weather here in the UK, so soon as I arrived home, plans were made for a bike trip to Aviemore, to maximise the biking opportunities!

Because I have been off the bike for nearly 3 weeks, fitness was not 100%, so an easy route was planned around some of the lower trails in the Cairngorm area, with a trip up Glen Einich being the main feature of the day.

Just to give you an idea of how nice this area is, here are a couple of videos I found that illustrate the attraction of visiting this special place.

After the short drive to basecamp in Aviemore, via the baker in Grantown, the bikes were unloaded & it soon became apparent that it was going to be HOT! 11.00am & the temperature was 25c & climbing... It was going to be a great day for riding.

Photo stop with friend Graham, who joined me for the day. As we both work offshore, on the opposite sides of the earth & on different work schedules, it was good to get out again on the bikes together

Loch an Eilein in the morning sunshine looking south towards Creag Dhubh

Starting the climb up the Glen. In the heat, the sound of the river was quite tempting!

One of my favourite photos of the day. However, the last snow on the mountains in the distance would soon become a problem...

The now warm drinking water, that we had brought with us was quickly replaced, with the fresh, cold water seen here. Cannot describe how good that tasted after the long steady climb.

One of the last manageable river crossings...

This was the last photo I snapped before we came to a grinding halt. Just beyond the ridge, was a small river crossing, but due to the warm weather, the level was really high, caused by the melting snow. We witnessed one guy falling while attempting the crossing, we decided to postpone this leg of the journey for a later trip. We had a lot of trail miles ahead & I didn't fancy doing it soaked, or worse, spraining an ankle on rover rock we couldn't see. I will be returning in a few weeks to get this ride in the bag.

I found this video taken on Cairngorm a few days later after we passed through, which shows why there was so much water. Enjoy!


Graham now looking a little flushed! it was good to be back in the tree cover after spending so long exposed on the hill.

The rest of the day was spent exploring the trails in & around the Rothiemurcus Estate. These are pretty touristy, but these low level tracks were perfect for some social cycling & taking in some great scenery 

We made a pit stop for coffee, coke & ice cream at Glenmore & met a really interesting guy called John & his home made recumbent. Excellent machine made from whatever was laying around. I loved it.

On the beach at loch Morlich

And finally, back to loch an Eilein & the late afternoon sunshine. A fantastic day on the bikes meeting some lovely people on the way. It very much felt like we were on holiday. You could pay good money to have days like these, but we are lucky to have all this on our doorstep, taking only 1 hour to drive here from where I live on the coast.

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