Posted by Lucas Winzenburg
Written and photographed by returning contributor Huw Oliver (@topofests), Mar Sin Leat is a farewell letter addressed directly to the Cairngorms, a mountain range in the Scottish Highlands, penned on his final trip there before leaving the country indefinitely. Huw has cultivated a deep appreciation for the timeless beauty found in the Cairngorms during his many trips there throughout the years, as well as a sincere thankfulness for everything they’ve given him. Both shine through in his writing.
When I look at you and remember, I am remembering both you and me the way we were, albeit that one of us is more changed than the other. Sometimes I ride away on a journey to see new things, and sometimes it is enough to ride back to where I have been before, if only to see that for all the changes life might have made to me, the river still runs and the winter snow still lingers in the same high hollow. I take comfort from you.”
We all have our own Cairngorms – right in our own back yard, if we’re lucky – and this piece serves as an important reminder of the importance of those wild places. It also highlights how navigating a landscape by bicycle makes our interactions with it all the more memorable and meaningful. Read Mar Sin Leat and about a dozen other feature stories in the next issue of The Bikepacking Journal.
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