Sunday, 15 May 2011

Scotland in May

May 2011 and it's off to "Bonnie Scotland" again

Off up North for the cycle event of the year- The Caledonian Etape, which we did last year. 81miles of fast, traffic-free cycling in the most stunning scenery along the banks of Loch Tummel, Loch Rannoch, Schiehallion and then back along the River Tay to Pitlochry. Unfortunately for me, I'm out of action and can only stand and watch, having come off my bike in Mallorca, fracturing two ribs. Four weeks on, the pain is finally beginning to subside, but I am not a patient patient, and couldn't feel sadder that I can't participate in this superb cycle event. Never mind, there's always next year!!
Riding along Loch Rannoch

Ian did fantastically well, shaving 17minutes off last year's time, coming in in 4hours and 20minutes- fantastic- averaging 18.7mph!!

Ben Vrackie
The previous day, I had the consolation of being able to get up Ben Vrackie, a cracking little hill at the back of Pitlochry, and it felt great to get out, and breathe deeply, and get some good exercise.

3 nights here at the Milton of Fonab site and off towards the Western Isles, weather permitting. Possibly exploring the Inner Hebrides, having visited the Outer islands last year in dreadful weather. Ian was lucky for the cycle race. The forecast had been for rain all day, and as it was, it was dry all am. and then drizzle later pm. Having set off at an unbelievable 7.01am, he was finished, showered and sitting in the van eating a venison pie, before the first spot of rain!
Cycling on Schieallion

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