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An Update from Sebastian O. — Highland Council

My goal is to cycle into work one day per week. When the weather gets warmer I will hopefully extend it to two or three days. This week, I left it until Friday so gave myself no choice as to the day I was cycling. It must have been the worst day to choose. On Thursday I took my shirt in for Friday and then in the evening I packed my cycling gear ready for the morning. I woke up to the sound of heavy rain which showed no sign of stopping. I pushed myself to get ready and upon walking out the door took a glance at my car, with a fleeting thought of jumping in and ditching the bike. But instead I got on my bike and set off.

The first 5km were thoroughly enjoyable, with the best part being after about a 1km hill climb, getting snow-capped views of the mountains in the distance. I met several other riders who all said hello as they either cycled towards me or faster past me (I must try to cycle faster!). From there it’s downhill to cross the Kessock Bridge (see photo) and through Inverness to get into work. It takes just under an hour and the rain didn’t stop. However, after a hot shower I was at my desk for 8.30 and felt great for getting outside (whatever the weather) and cycling to work. Now it’s still raining and I’m about to get ready to cycle home but ready to do it again twice next week.