The story of the restoration of a 1950s classic bicycle for a Land's End – John O'Groats charity ride in aid of Alzheimer's Society
Safely arrived in Aviemore after 58 miles through Glen Garry and the Spey valley. Definitely a day of two halves. The morning ride was lovely – 25 miles of gentle climbing in bright sunshine, taking me into the Highlands.
Much of it was on the disused old Inverness road, now a cycle track – mostly a good surface and a pleasure to ride on. The Garry is a beautiful river.
The afternoon brought wider views of the hills and dramatic skies…
…and encounters with deer, stoats and an adder, none of which I managed to photograph. Inevitably the drizzle began and the last 20 miles were on a busy B-road in pelting rain. But even in the rain, Loch Alvie was beautiful…
But its sad history underlines the potential dangers of the highlands
Today’s leg brings total distance up to 861 miles – only about 180 to go. But tomorrow’s stage may be the toughest of all – 86 miles to Lairg via Inverness.