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Friday, 25 March 2011

Major Changes as Big Adventure Grows Wheels

It would be fair to say that organising a hiking trip across Scotland would take a bit of planning. I suppose that if it included  being completely self sufficient and taking a route over the Cairngorms then the planning gets greater! So, therefore a serious pair of adventurers would certainly ensure at least two weeks off work by booking this time with the boss well in advance. Wouldn't they?

So, moving on, why don't we cycle instead? According to the wise and all-knowingly reliable internet, there is an off-road route from Montrose to Skye which can be done in 6 days. This goes via Ft William after about 4 days. So in the absence of summer holidays, a long weekend would ensure that Scotland's oil links with J.R. Ewing didn't collapse on account of some time off and upon successful application of a small mortgage, I can still just about afford the cost of fuel back to Aberdeen.

So, here it is. The Plan. We, or I, will endeavour to cross Scotland on two wheels rather than two feet (although I think feet are still involved) following a well publicised route. I'm still to buy the actual guide but in case I end up doing it alone,the route passes through civilisation to ensure that the whole six days' worth of supplies does not need to weigh down the bikes and there is regular contact with loved ones.

Here is the rough idea courtesy of Mountain Bike Routes UK except I think we'll do it backwards.

The Scotland Trail route

Start: Skye or Ft William
Finish: Montrose
Distance: 270 miles
Duration: 4-6 days
Split to day rides: in sections & loops
Rail access: Skye, Ft William, Aviemore, Montrose
For more details of previous rides that I have done over the past couple of years, have a look here.

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