In response to my last post, today’s ride was not all about miles covered.
I headed to the Trossachs and rode past Ben Ledi, on the national cycle route 7, to Balquhidder, then on to Lochearnhead and up Glen Ogle.
So far, a little repetitive, I admit. The headwind, however, did give the ol’ gammons a good work out as I climbed on the old rail line.
Once at the Falls of Dochart, the plan was to whip round Loch Tay and climb up to Ben Lawers. I was hoping to have enough time to get up and over the top to see what the trail was like after the summit, but I was unsure if the weather would play nice, or the low cloud and mizzle would make it a little pointless. The last time I was up there, a squall of snow made life pretty interesting.
The MWIS suggested wind would be a factor as I got higher and may be strong enough to impede progress. So it goes with summer in Scotland.
I made pretty quick time up the initial climb, before turning off and hop-scotching over the rocky, eroded trail then the tight rock armoured switchbacks up Beinn Ghlas.
Sure enough, as I hit 900m above sea level or so, the wind decided it wanted to play. The cloud banks were rolling over Meall Corranaich, and up from Coire Odhar, before enveloping the top of Beinn Ghlas and presumably Ben Lawers, beyond.
With the concept of an unimpeded view unlikely and the wind making the H.A.B a bit of a pain, I turned tail and made short work of the decent, before a rotor scorching drop to Loch Tay and a return pretty much the way I came out.
It felt good to get up a proper hill and take on the rocky decent. A fine response to feeling a little stagnation!