Biking the Loggers’ Route – in snow and ice

The mountain weather forecast for the Cairngorm region for today and tomorrow did not sound too inspiring – icy winds and blizzards. Also, in order to allow Cameron’s blister on his heel to recover we decided to catch up on some chores and later cycled in to Aviemore village, via the Loggers’ Path, to do some food shopping. We suspected that it would be dark by the time we headed back to the campsite so we took our bike and helmet lights with us.

This forest route is popular with walkers and not surprisingly the snow on the path was well-trodden and had now become very icy and rutted. Thankfully, there had been a light fall of snow during the night, which greatly helped the traction of our bike tyres. It was certainly a more interesting and enjoyable route in to the village than by the ski access road, albeit it was a bit of a bone-shaker journey over the frozen ruts, and with a few skids!

The Loggers Route towards Aviemore covered in light snow

There are a couple of cafés in the village where we can get Wi-Fi so having purchased two cups of coffee (oh, if we must :-)) Cameron managed to upload a few more blogs for the website. We then completed the circuit at Tesco, packed our rucksacks and then headed back the same route only uphill this time. By now it was dark and we had our lights on. The helmet lights are absolutely brilliant giving such a wide beam of strong light (see review of lights posted on 30 December 2010). It was a very cold return cycle but it was great fun navigating through, over and around the ruts of snow with only our lights to guide us. I heard Cameron in front whistling the tune from the film “Dog Soldiers”. While laughing, I just had a quick scan of the dark forest either side of me!!!

About Elaine Speirs

Elaine comes from Hamilton near Glasgow and her interests in the outdoor scene began at University. She is a keen mountaineer, climber, cyclist and skier. Her first mountaineering exploit was going up the North Face of Ben Nevis after which she was “hooked” on the mountains. She has also climbed outside of the UK, particularly in the Dolomites, Chamonix and Majorca.
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