Today we cycled into Aviemore (about 14 miles round trip). It was freezing cold on the bikes with the added wind chill – especially on ours hands. Elaine was out in front and I could see her shaking her hands every few minutes to try to get some warm blood back into them. As I overtook her at one point I could see tears trickling down her face as the cold made her eyes water. Cycling in these conditions isn’t exactly fun.
Nevertheless, we were on a mission to see if any of the mountaineering shops in Aviemore had any anti-slip soles for the bottoms of our shoes. And we were sure a coffee in the village would soon have us warm again.
We tried all the outdoors shops (of which there are many in Aviemore) and eventually settled on buying two pairs of “YakTrax – Pro” – see gear review tomorrow (3/1/2011) for more details.