The yearly gathering of Steve's past and present work colleagues was here once more but there was a change. For the first time we were in the East. We were taking advantage of the fact that Ryan now works for Sport Scotland which gave him access (and a wee discount) to accommodation at Glenmore Lodge.
It was a bit of a shock to realise that it was winter 2007 when I was last in the area. So many places not enough time and all that. With the knee still not hill fit in any way shape or form I needed to do some research before we went on what my flatish cycling options were. It turned out there are many, though not always so flat. The weather was the next thing, blustery showers were forecast. That altered the plans for the rest of the gang with them deciding to go for a wee jaunt up Meall a Bhuachaille and I decided to have a look at the trails round Loch Morlich and the Rothimurcus Estate.
I wasn't sure what to expect but was very pleased to find that the trails were very well maintained hardpack which meant the Cube would be fine. There was some signage but as I hadn't bothered to pick up the leaflet with the cycle trails I was guessing at what way I should be going. (Note to self to pick up the leaflet.) It was great to see as I pootled along that there were a fair few others enjoying these trails including families with kids. The trees kept me dryish when the showers came through but I did feel sorry for the wedding party whose photies were spoiled at Loch an Eilenn when the heavens opened. There was sun though too which looked lovely glistening through the trees.
It was time for part two of my plan, catching up with Maria at The Mountain Cafe. No trip to Aviemore is complete without experiencing the food in this very busy and friendly place. Job done :-)