The Strade Bianche of Caithness

Fabulous riding. Sunshine and a following wind. Not too much traffic on the back road to Loch Watten, where an encampment in the picnic area delayed my first snack. A big tent was being used as an awning extension for a gaudy camper van.

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Sketch map showing the route of a stunning, three day cycle tour

After a second snack stop at Westerdale Mill, I reached the dirt roads, which had many dragonflies. At lovely Loch Keise (third snack stop) was a fishing boat with oars labelled Wandsworth Youth River Club Putney. I photographed Aultnabreac railway station and then headed off across the nature reserve. The RSPB have a permanent warden with a caravan in a corner just off the main dirt road.

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The mill at Westerdale
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The inevitable…
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From Loch More to Forsinain is 16 miles on a dirt road
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Lifting a loaded bike through these gates is not easy
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Easy riding and plenty of dragonflies
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Loch Keise
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A useful railway station
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One of the few sheltered bits after the level crossing
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There are three unlocked gates

A bit of a headwind on the drag to Kinbrace became a tailwind on the Syre road as the landscape was reddened by the setting sun. I just got to a pitch behind Rimsdale croft before darkness fell.

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Evening light on the moors
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Rimsdale croft
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The end of a perfect day
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