From Loch Laggan easy but long estate tracks head East to the river Pattack, before turning South to Loch Pattack. It was nice scenery and easy cycling but the weather looked like it was deteriorating and it was quite cold and exposed.
|Wet! The easy section|
Luckily the weather did improve as we headed West, only half way round the 45km loop. The route is basically 2/3 on easy estate tracks, but 1/3 of it goes over a high pass of 800m. After a crazy river crossing where we nearly lost 1 bike as the tyres started floating away as I waded up to my knees we started the momentous push up the pass.
I can't lie this was horrible and took hours getting the bikes up to the top at 800m. It was wet, boggy, steep, unrideable and I very much questioned the route and why we were even there! I was starting to get conscious of time and worried that we really had to push on if we were going to get back before darkness... I worried that the other side (downhill) may also not be rideable and a massive time drain if like the ascent.
|Finally over the pass and a rideable track again|
|Wish I'd shot in Raw this would have been good to change|
|Cold and wet, trying to smile!|