brodies (brodies) wrote,

Castles and Cairngorms.

Left the Lee's at 8.30 am and headed off into Inverness.
Shopped for food stocks and then headed out on Culloden Road to the Culloden Battlefield, and had coffee at the centre there.
Continued on the fairly busy "B" roads and then main road to Brodie. Stopped at Cawdor Castle on way but you couldn't see it for the trees and it had an £8.50 price tag!
Weirdness at Brodie - as I stood to take photo on timer, and Tornado blasted right over my head just as the camera clicked!
Lovely lanes and a superb road to Carbridge - rising to 1230ft and superb mountain views. Met several people on bikes inc. Helen from Holland who rode with me for a few miles - she used to be a vet in Callington.
An odd thing happened when a herd of bullocks stampeded in the field adjacent to us and crashed through the fence and demolished another gaet into another field. Managed to shoo a few of them back into the other field but they were very agitated!
Met another guy out training
Almost got scuppered with accomodation - the whole area is jammed with people, as there is a Sportif tomorrow and a golf contest going on.
Managed to squeeze into Aviemore Hostel, and had a good meal at Cairngorm Hotel.
NW winds forecast tomorrow - so may try to blast as near to Edinburgh as I can get!
Over 1500 miles down and almost 100,000ft of climbing but still a way to go :-)
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