Photos: Edinburgh to Kingussie


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Published: May 23rd 2013
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We are spending our rest day in the small town of Kingussie, waiting out a May snowstorm in the last mountains we have to cross before Inverness and the final push to John O'Groats. We have now planned the entire rest of the trip to the Orkneys -- pretty exciting. Just have to wait for the temperatures to get back above 40 tomorrow and we are back on our way. There are some good stories to write from this section as well, and they may eventually show up here. But, just this short report for now and some photos for your enjoyment.

-- Kit


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Snow in the Monaliadth MountainsSnow in the Monaliadth Mountains
Snow in the Monaliadth Mountains

This is from the vantage point of sipping tea in our hotel in Kingussie where we are holed up for the day. With luck we will be crossing these to Inverness tomorrow.
Dinner in Edinburgh with Mikko and DouglasDinner in Edinburgh with Mikko and Douglas
Dinner in Edinburgh with Mikko and Douglas

Mikko and Douglas live in Fife and Mikko is the Finnish cousin of my first cousins
Irn Bru floatsIrn Bru floats
Irn Bru floats

Irn Bru is a popular Scottish soft drink made from a secret recipe for over 100 years. Before the cold weather hit it was actually warm enough that we needed these on our afternoon cafe stop.
Selection of single malts at Mike Kinny's bar in Bridge of EarnSelection of single malts at Mike Kinny's bar in Bridge of Earn
Selection of single malts at Mike Kinny's bar in Bridge of Earn

Mike is a former Seattle Seahawks kicking coach who is also an expert on single malt whisky. He taught us the right way to drink it.
Protecting salmon along the River TayProtecting salmon along the River Tay
Protecting salmon along the River Tay

Would Americans put up with being told not to throw rocks
Haggis nachos in Blair AtholHaggis nachos in Blair Athol
Haggis nachos in Blair Athol

An interesting type of fusion cuisine


24th May 2013

life is good
- so glad you guys are having a great time !....... enjoying your reports ..... it's almost like we're there with you on your adventure - - everything's fine here in the Pacific Northwest! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kOZQTjeRAo) -
24th May 2013

Cycling adventures
Wow, what an adventure you are all having! You laughing at the weather sign reminded me of us laughing at the "Ask a ski patroller" sign on the MTTA trail. I'm sure you weren't expecting snow in the hills to impede your journey at this time of year. The Irn Bru floats sound interesting. I guess it is not really something you can bring back to share... Seeing "Dolly" is pretty fun too. I am enjoying your posts and look forward to receiving them.
27th May 2013

snow!
I felt for you guys when I read of the snow storms across Grampian and the Cairngorm mountains last week - a foot of snow in places! Trust the suns been out since and helped you thaw! It is downhill to Inverness, if you have a chance to stop at the Black Isle Brewery for a tour and sample I'd take the detour. All the best!

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