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Coast to coast 2017 by Innes Dickinson

Our two day challenge starts in nairn and finnishes in Ballihulish near Glencoe.
Day 1 started for us at 930am, we were in the third wave, the weather was very dull and  wet, we set off up the river path for the 7 muddy miles to Cawdor, the route takes you right past the front of the castle to the first transition where you change over to your bike, we decided to use mountain bikes as the second day has an off road cycling section.
We set off on the 45mile cycle to Fort Augustus, surprisingly the weather had cleared up into a sunny and warm day, It was a great feeling descending at just over 40mph into the 2nd transition were we left the bikes for a half mile run to the mouth of the canal where the kayaks awaited us for a quarter mile out and back paddle, once we got back to shore we had the short half mile run back to the Finnish and the end of day 1. Epic!

DAY 2 
At the half way stop at Fort Augustus there was a Coast to coast village set up in the camp site with food camping and live music at night, we stayed in a B&B which was a good idea due to needing a good kip before day 2.

Day2 started at 730am, We collected our bikes in the rain and head off to the start, The start was staggered letting us off in groups of 20, This was the off road section which took us up the Great Glen Way on the tow path and then onto the old railway line to invergarry, from there we joined the forestry tracks which followed the Great Glen Way, after 21 or so miles we joined the road and head the 13 miles to the shinty club in Fort William were we arrived at the transition for the hill run.
The hill run was up the West Highland Way 15 miles to Kinlochleven, This was an alternative Finnish due to the seriously heavy rain causing flash floods on the coarse, once we arrived at the final transition we got bused out the 7 miles to the final kayak stage, this was a 1 mile kayak over Loch Leven to the Finnish at Ballihulish. Job done feeling Epic!

 
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