Tour of the Cairngorms – Day 2

Kingussie to Tomintoul

Today was a day of two halves: relatively warm and still in the morning, then breezy and showery in the afternoon. Iain was feeling somewhat better, but still not 100%. We made good time north on the backroad from Kingussie.

There was then the forest section over to Loch an Eilean and then beautiful flowing singletrack to Loch Morlich, where we stopped at the cafe for lunch (and the rain started).

After a delicious lunch, we headed out via the green loch up to Ryvoan Bothy.

The next 30km was navigating “lumpy” countryside around the Braes of Abernethy. As well as being lumpy, this also led to us losing count of the number of river crossings we made!

The last section had a few killer hills, a fast downhill to the road. The road was the sting in the tail: uphill, strong sidewind and further than we thought.

The good news is as I write this, were showered and dry in the Smugglers Hostel. Due to the safe bike storage being full of “stuff” our bikes are being housed in a spare room: I’ve resisted tucking it into one of the beds.

Overview/inspiration on  Today’s route: 64 km, 1008m of climbing.



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