From L.A. to Blown Away


When I asked for blue skies and a breeze to keep off the midgies, I hadn’t expected such an enthusiastic response. What glorious sunshine and almost-gale Deb and I had for our mission over to Applecross Bay! Deb had said she wasn’t overly keen on technical climbs, but I wasn’t sure how she would feel about technical climbs with a strong, gusting side-wind. Turns out she has found her niche. She rode along beautifully and completely unfazed while I sometimes struggled to keep my bike on the track at all. We loved the undulating terrain, views and the remoteness of the landscape, made all the more luring by the promise of a rocket-force tail wind on the way home. Al fresco lunch in the tropical heat of the Victorian walled-garden was positively continental. So typically, while I fired up strava for the wind-assisted return – sure of a few records, the wind dropped. This made for a sporting ride back which we agreed rides nicer in the homeward direction. Fantastic day out with the adventurous lady from the City of Angels who was fazed by nothing, no matter what the West Coast of Scotland threw at her.

blog by Laura McAuley, nineonesix-guiding

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