This is really a lovely B&B and Peter and Gayle could not have been nicer too us in making sure Vicky was comfortable.
Every evening they have a piper play outside the hotel for everyone to enjoy.
Here is a few minutes of TWEED live. I would strongly urge you to buy the CD or download it from iTunes. It was on my shuffle and made for great walking music. We also used it for packing up in the morning to get us motivated.
The hotel lite up at night as we walked back to our B&B
The next day I was up well before dawn and watched the sun rise from our hotel room. This is the day we would have been walking in the Cairngorms and it could not have been a more beautiful day.
The early morning mist (fog) was rolling over the hills but burning off quickly as the sun was coming up.
The Cairngorm Mountains were in perfect sunshine today
I told her that I would be the ultimate decision maker of whether I thought her knee could take anymore walking but we both agreed that if she had done any real damage to the inside of her knee then she wouldn't likely hurt it any worse by walking as long as it didn't cause her severe pain. Vicky works around doctors every day and we have enough doctor friends to know what they were going to say and do when we got home anyway.
With Vicky deciding she wanted to walk on, it was up to me to figure out a new route that would be as easy as possible for her to do without putting too much stress on her knee. Our intended route was originally through the Spittal of Glenmuick to Shielin of Mark Bothy to Tarfside, and that would be too much stress on Vicky's knee. I did email John Manning and he sent back an excellent route suggestion of Ballater to Deeside Way and then the Fetteresso Forest finishing in Stonehaven. This seemed very doable.
We visited the Mountain Sports shop in Aviemore and got Vicky a smaller knee brace meant for walking, and the correct maps for our new route and we returned the full leg brace and the crutches to the Aviemore medical clinic.
So we would be off to Braemar in the morning and with two more days of rest on Saturday and Sunday hopefully Vicky would be ready to carry on.
No miles walked