Great Glen Way

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I start the day on the southern end of Loch Ness, where a 40 km canal begins leading to the town of Fort William. Given the heavy weekend tourist traffic, I decide to follow the gravel pathway along the canal. This is part of the walking trail called the Great Glen Way. While most of it is directly along the canal, the trail veers into the forest in sections and the wooded trail is not really fit for cycling. There is one section with exposed slippery tree roots. I know these can be dangerous because two cyclists pass me covered in scrapes and bloody knees and warn me. I walk my bike over the roots and this slows me down so much that it turns out to be just a 59 km day. But the day is sunny and the vistas along the canal make it a good day for going slow.

Some images from the day.

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Part of the trail follows an abandoned railway track.

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Fascinating to see sailboats navigating the canal, so far away from the ocean.

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Another rail bridge converted into a bicycle path leads me to Fort William.

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I could have pushed on to the village of Glencoe but I was warned route A82 is full of blind curves with no shoulder and very busy at the end of the day. Better to tackle this route on a Sunday morning when many are sleeping.

Stats – for Saturday 8 September

Start: Fort Agustus
Finish: Fort William
Distance: 59 km
Time on Bike: 4 hours 24 min
Average Speed: 13.2 km/hr
Distance to Date: 8,466 km

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