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Day Six: Goodbye to the Highlands

Updated: Jul 30, 2018

Kincraig to Pitlochry. 51.69 miles. Total to date: 250.15 miles

The last and longest day of this six-day preliminary to the main event started with an increasingly gruelling climb up from Kingussie, through Newtonmore and on to Dalwhinnnie. Not because of the slope - that was very manageable, but more because of the headwind that made every metre a slog. We also made the mistake of not taking a proper break before Dalwhinnie (20 miles); something to learn from! For the first time, Izzy briefly questionned why she was doing this when we were leaving Dalwhinnie and the very welcome sight of Heidi a mile later with lunch came at exactly the right time. Refuelled and spirits revived, we quickly made it to Drumochter Summit, at 462m, the highest point on our journey so far. Izzy decided that this was the point to try out as many accents as possible: Scottish was limited, Cockney was very good and seemed to reappear for the next 25 miles at relatively frequent intervals but there were also strains of Australian, Portuguese and Devonian heard. The route down to Pitlochry followed the old A9, now a designated cycle path, and we enjoyed the long downhill sections although a steep uphill out of Killiekrankie (great name!) was a bit of a killer to tired legs! The adventure pauses now for nearly two weeks as Izzy is going pony trekking and we are all heading off to the hockey World Cup. Her energy, spirit and determination has been astounding, and Heidi has been a wonderful support, cycling with us at times and providing all the food and encouragement that we've needed. It was lovely to get home and see Martha again, especially as she had bought me tablet from the Fudge Shop in Port Isaac


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