Day 18 – Friday 10th April

  • 60 minutes plus 5 minutes’ cooldown level 8 (bike 2)
  • Max heart rate = 160 bpm
  • Calories = 536 (total so far 5606)
  • Distance covered = 19.16
  • Total distance so far = 195.26

What a difference a week makes! Monday was a tough (long ride) day when I struggled to cover 16.35 miles, using 436 calories. But today really was Good Friday. Still on bike 2, I pushed the level up to 8 and flew along, reaching a record 19.16 miles with a calorie count of 536. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without David’s wise words…… ‘keep breathing and use your legs!’ So that’s where I went wrong on Monday! 

Some lovely words from Debby (Lauder) yesterday who said ‘I haven’t heard Lisa Stanfield’s All Around the World for years and I love it. Reminds me of when I used to live in Switzerland. Going to go and listen to it now and thanks for the memory!’

I started today’s ride with some R&B from Toni Braxton

Then I moved onto the album Introducing Dionne Bromfield (god daughter of Amy Winehouse) – another favourite of mine with happy memories of a holiday in the Caribbean listening to her.

Her version of one of my all time favourite songs, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough came just as I needed it most in the final minutes of the ride, pushing me to another personal best. Thank you, Dionne!

For those of you following the stats, you might like to see my halfway and final stats for today – and my victory cheer at the end! Tomorrow I’ll pass the 200 mile mark – Land’s End here we come!

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Heading south again, we whizz on through Aviemore – a great location for visiting the more secluded lochs and ancient mountain trails and, of course, popular for skiing.

I’m then able to pick up the National Cycle Route 7. This takes a little longer than the A9 but good to be off the main road for a while. Two more beautiful lochs along this route – Loch Alvie and Loch Insh.

A perfect base for groups up to 17 to explore this beautiful area has to be the beautiful Inshriach House.

Something for everyone here from outward bound adventures to wood carving and furniture making. And best of all, we’ve found another gin distillery! If you are a gin fan (or a shed fan) then you may have come across the Inshriach Distillery. Winner of Channel 4’s Shed of the Year in 2015 and now the home of a line of hand-picked and hand-made small batch Speyside gins. Perfect with ice and a slice of lemon in the garden this evening – don’t mind if I do!

A very different Easter this year but thankfully we have the sunshine. 

And as I reach my final destination for today, the small but lively town of Kingussie, I reckon I’ve earned my Easter Egg (and a hot cross bun or two!).