There has been a bit of a theme the past few days...
It has mainly involved heavy panting, deep heather and taking the bike for a walk.
The Cairngorms might not have the dramatic drops associated with the west but it does has some rather fine long distance routes which, if you are prepared for a bit of a push/carry, are fantastic biking journeys.
Yesterday, Heather & Di completed the Gaick traverse - Heathers biking equivalant to climbing Ardverikie Wall - which justified 2 coffee shop stops.
This never included our unplanned tea break kindly provided by Mr Fishermen en route :)
Needless to say, that I do not want to go anywhere near a bike today ...
The more time I spend up in the Far North, the more I learn to appreciate it.
On Tuesday, we spent the afternoon clipping bolts at the mound - I am weak ....
On Tuesday, we spent the evening flicking off a bzillion ticks - they are bad :(
On Wednesday we went to Mid Clyth for the first time. If you do get bored (highly unlikely) with the climbing, you can sit and watch the atlantic grey seals on the reef opposite until the cows come home.
So, between the seals constantly applauding us for our ninja climbing skills (*cough*) and us applauding the shags for their braveness in nest selection, it was a rather cool morning.
We then moved camp up to Sarclet and were rewarded with some 'sweet routes' and some amazing displays by 2 young seals - one of the most amazing things I have seen in the sea.
Today, with a ming forecast, we embraced the Highland Wildcat Trails at Golspie - where there is a very, very fine line between being in complete control and being completely out of control. Not quite sure which camp I was in.
I am going to lose one toe nail; my ankles are as stiff as wood; my calfs are as tight as a G sharp string; my guff knee is the size on a small planet; my lower back is rubbed raw; I never reaslised you could ever get sore elbows and don't even touch my neck and shoulders.
Having been absolutely thrashed at the ISMF World Championships in February, I only had one goal over the weeked - and that was not to come last.
There must have been a computer error with the results because at the end of Day One, Susie & Di were placed 13th out of 112 teams in the C Course. The girls came in 10th on Day Two, maintaining our final placing of 13th - 2 hours 15 mins behind the winning team and 1 hour 12 mins ahead of the second female team.