... and of Lochnagar in the distance.
We had a food break at the loch and then carried on towards Inchroy lodge which we didn't reach as we took the bridge and were heading West following the river Avon past the corries at the back of Ben Avon and Beinn a Bhuird. A herd of red deer ran over the track, through the Avon and up the flanks of the hill. Here is Paul on that stretch...
At Faindouran lodge, a non girl friend suitable bothy, the landrover track stopped and we had to push the bikes through bogs and over boulders all the ways to the Fords of Avon refuge...
After a short rest we forded the Avon (no stepping today) and mostly pushed the bikes up the Lairigh an Laoigh.
Here is Paul giving a false impression as most was pushing the bike over rocks and boulders
Finally the descent into glen derry with its caledonian pines. I got a puncture as the pressure in my rear wheel was not high enough for the rocky descent. We fixed it relatively whiith a view on Creagan a coire etchachan; it is almost in rock climable condition. On the descent once the front wheel got stuck and my rear wheel went high, followed by gravity acting on my body and a rib crunching landing. I broke nothing and tried to follow again Paul, who gracefully rolled down the glen on his full suspension beauty.
Finally the easy track from Derry lodge and then a slog on the road back to the starting point. Couting grids on the Ordnance Survey cairngorm map I estimate that the tour was roughly 60 km which is x miles with x being 60 km divided by 1.6. Needless to say, we didn't boulder. HW