Saturday, 1 October 2022

`One Hour fix` Cycle at JMCP...

 



Last Weekend we were out a wee cycle at John Muir Country Park (JMCP)


With a high tide midday we went a ride around the woods. Its amazing how many of the blown Scots Pine trees from Storm Arwen are actually still growing despite have there roots pulled out when they were pushed over, Needles still green on the living trees...

It was still quite warm in the shelter of the woods but there is a real change in wind temperatures now as Summer gives way to Autumn... 






We stopped bu the Alpacas and one came to say hello!...


We film of only an hour ride which still clocked up 6 miles despite just having a bimble...

Song is `Orange Romeda` by Boards Of Canada 


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Thursday, 29 September 2022

Bikepacking Out and back to Corrour Station...

 


After 5 days and 3 nights we drove down to Roybridge and a campsite gave us a nice hot shower and we changed our basic cycling kit for stuff in the car and then next day drove the short distance along to park at Ersit, where we again uploaded and packed the bikes for what would be a fantastic gravel road cycle if 18- 20 miles to Corrour Station past Loch Ossian - The most remote train station in Scotland...





The views through Corrour Estate are as good as it gets!, absolutely stunning scenery...




We arrived at the Station after an approx 18 miles of gravel road and we were ready for a coffee at the Cafe which today was quiet with no trains today and only people who were staying at the nearby Loch Ossian Youth Hostel...





The views at this station may be familiar if you watched a famous 1990`s Scottish Movie...
This was the where the station scene was filmed for Trainspotting...




Up early next morning we were packed and ready by the time the cafe opened and we enjoyed filled rolls and large coffees and G bought a Corrour Staion fridge magnet as a momento,  and then we did some fun filming which you will need to watch to see at the end of the film...


We returned along the south side of Loch Ossian which is slightly rougher and shorter then we were soon back on that super gravel highway which for the most was a slight downhill a lot of the way back to Ersit...



Film of a fantastic 2 days, not being a hard cycle this is a must for folk to do who want a fun couple of days cycling through spectacular scenery and an Estate that opens its doors to visitors on foot or bike, everyone we met were real friendly and all routes are signed, you can free camp if you use the cafe and there is also a Youth Hostel nearby at the head of Loch Ossian...

Songs are by Boards Of Canada songs for big sky vistas;  `Olson` Orange Romeda` `Skyliner`



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Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Bikepacking; Day 4 of a 4 day ride...


 We were up early and Paul was already up packing his tent away as he had a longer day than we had today with 50+ miles planned, he left before us and we waved him off and were soon also packed and ready to go...

Straight out onto the track and climb climb climb!, 

A descent to an Army Baily Bridge then another descent to the old original bridge now not in use are the only rest points before the climbing continues...



a series of false summits disappoint as the track goes on and on, but once past a concrete square hut your nearly there and a second square hut confirms the climbing is over and blood can return to your legs!


Over the summit and ahead the infamous switch backs down around 13 bends





Soon we were down to Melgarve again and passing its Bothy and the loop completed we descended down to stop at Garve Bridge where we got the stove out for some coffee as we had plenty time...






Film of another ace day cycling!, Songs again by Boards Of Canada; ``Split Your Infinites` New Seeds` and `Cold Earth`



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Saturday, 24 September 2022

BikePacking; Day 3 of a 4 day ride...

 



Next morning we were up early and cooked breakfast under a clearing sky, this morning we just had a few miles along the former old railway line to Fort Augustus where we would spend some time with a cafe stop and restock any food we would need before starting the ascent up the Corrieyairack Pass...











Second breakfast/brunch!








The Corrieyairack Pass is the jewel in the Military Roads constructed by General George Wade after 1745 and the Scottish defeat at Culloden Moor, these roads were constructed by the English troops to join the English forts and try pacify the Scottish Clans... it worked.. for a little while...
THE Scots being absorbed into the British Army was the making of still some of the finest British Regiments today... a tribute to the Scots...





Up and up we climbed as behind a lovely view down Loch Ness





Hike a bike up the northern side hairpin bends, designed to allow horse drawn gun carriages and supply wagons to transverse the steep mountainsides safely....



On and on it goes...



Then in a level area a small building appears...
Blackburn Bothy was our stop over for this evening...








Odd wall art.... maybe someone driven crazy by midge bites...



It had been a day of more climbing than miles in the legs and it was good to get there late afternoon and spend some time chilling out and we chatted with another arrival who camped outside - Paul from Sunderland who was cycling the Badger Divide route from Inverness to Glasgow...





Some film of the ride to the Bothy, Songs again by Boards Of Canada; `Sick Times` `Sea Later` and `2014`


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