Chasing sun spells – Highlands to West Coast to Hebrides

With the worst rain behind us and some uncertain clouds circling around we leave Fort William and follow the blue on blue thistle marked trail posts leading us north out of town and along the Caledonian Canal. The canal has been envisioned in the late 18th century as a way to connect the east and west coasts of Scotland and thus omitting the dangerous waters of Cape Wrath in the far north, but it also served a revitalizing role to the Highlands, desolate after a series of English laws and actions known as the Highland Clearances forced many a Scotsman to search for personal freedom of playing bagpipes, wearing tartan and most importantly speaking Gaelic in places such as North America and Australia. Nowadays the canal serves as a tourist attraction and forms the backbone of what is known as the Great Glen Way, a long distance trail connecting Fort William in the west with Inverness in the east.

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Leaving Poland – It’s all downhill from here

I wake up at 6AM, go to work, get back home somewhere between 3 and 6PM, researching maps, fiddle with bikes, order stuff, sleep. Repeat. Groundhog days like these pass by for the last 10 months of living in Rybnik, Poland – a spell broken on just a few occasions to hike, cycle or visit […]