Scotland: Aviemore to Berwick Upon Tweed

Badge has finished his tot-up of stats for the American part of the trip and here they are:

Alaska            3 weeks        1175 km

Canada           6 weeks        2520 km

USA                8 weeks         3010 km

Mexico            4 weeks         290 km

Peru               16 weeks        2676 km

Bolivia             3 weeks         1119 km

Argentina        5 weeks          1848 km

Chile               1 week            110 km

And here’s some bike stuff:

Punctures        6             ( Badge 6  Claire 0)

Tyres               5              ( Badge 3  Claire 2)

Spokes           5              ( Badge 4  Claire 1)

Chains            7              ( Badge 4  Claire 3)

Disc brake pads – 5 sets

And so, onto the next adventures back in the homeland. We were very excited to be back in Blighty and speaking English again. Our Spanish had improved but our vocabulary was limited to random cycling related words, such as strong legs and very hungry.

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We had a superb time with Doug and Lara. The weather was kind and we headed out for a day ride to check on the bikes after their flight.

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Back to the land of tea and cake – hurrah!

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After delaying our stay to include Lara’s Sunday Roast we finally tore ourselves away from the home comforts of Aviemore and headed off up Drumochter Pass.

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We had fantastic weather affording us superb views. We were even fortunate enough to see three red deer stags and a couple of red squirrels.

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We were following Sustans’ NCN Route 7. It was a mixture of quiet lanes and cycle paths through some stunning Scottish scenery. We managed to squeeze in a sneaky wild camp along the banks of Loch Tay…

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…. and awoke to a stunning morning.

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Not a bad lunch stop.

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Little bursts of sunshine.

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In Callander we awoke to snow. This made the lanes and cycle paths a bit more tricky.

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Some locals were better prepared than us for this kind of weather.

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Fresh tracks!

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Luckily we dropped out of the snow zone and had a scenic ride in to Glasgow….

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…. where we stayed with a BSES friend, thanks for the hospitality Susie. Team Ranford then accompanied us the next day along the Forth and Clyde canal towpath to the Falkirk Wheel, our own mini peloton.

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We then headed off, back as just Team Hyne, along the Union Canal to Edinburgh…

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… and then onto Portobello to stay with another BSES friend. Thanks Sally – great hospitality despite the lack of kitchen!

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The wind kept us busy whilst we pedaled around the coast on NCN route 76.

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Before we knew it we were at our final border crossing. The easiest one yet.

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It has been a bit of a shock to the body to go from 40C in Chile to 5C ish (and snow) in Scotland, with freezing temperatures overnight leading to frosts on the tent – brrrr! However, we have been enjoying catching up with people, the gorgeous scenery, the shared language and, of course, the many Cadburys products consumed. There has been much excitement over safe electrics in the bathroom and proper hot showers. New (to us) clothes have been scrounged from Doug which have kept us toasty warm and helped us not to look so much like homeless people. Re-entry into civilisation is slowly happening, however, Badge still has a tendency to lick his plate and is still somewhat fuzzy around the head area. They let us in the pub though, so all is good!

Onto the North of England. Land of stotties and Cumberland sausages!

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One thought on “Scotland: Aviemore to Berwick Upon Tweed

  1. Good Lord, I can’t believe you’re back in dear Old GB – it seems like only yesterday you were disappearing into the virtual sunset……. looking forward to seeing you once more. xx Linda

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