(In the words of Bum on Bike, Jules
We have had a good day and made good progress, covering 95 miles around the western side of the Cairngorms and arriving at Inverness this evening in the heart of the Highlands.
The first 25 miles this morning were hard, pushing into a stiff breeze as we climbed 750 metres along the banks of the River Garry on the old A9. This is now national cycle route 7 and hugs the new A9, but the tarmac for much of the route is still in reasonable condition and puts the roads of Herefordshire to shame! With the first 25 miles behind we turned north easterly and rolled down hill with the wind behind to Aviemore where we had a very forgettable lunch. In contrast the scenery was very memorable. This afternoon was a fast 35 miles as we sensed that as we closed in on Inverness the finish line of JOG becomes a reality.
Tomorrow we will swap the sun cream for insect repellent as we head into midge country, pushing due north to the coast. Less than 150 miles to go.