Old Bloke On An Old Bike

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

26 Jun 2016: Stage 15 completed

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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.

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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.

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The afternoon brought wider views of the hills and dramatic skies…

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…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…

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But its sad history underlines the potential dangers of the highlands

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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.

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