Busy week and a short windy cycle and some poignant thoughts on the Syracuse Students.

It was pouring and windy again today the wind was rattling the window all night. It was back to catching up with being away for nearly two weeks! I am trying to get some photos of my pal Ted who was killed in a climbing accident for the “Celebration of his life ” in Arran just before I go to the USA. I got some incredible photos from pals and are looking for more if anyone can help. It was great to see Ted looking so well and happy and sad to see him gone. I was alsonworking on some of the admin for my trip to the USA in late October “Cycle to Syracuse ” On our trip we are remembering the 35 students who died in the Lockerbie Tragedy in 1988. During our cycle we are remembering 5 off the students each day and I was researching on my students and their short lives.


The University has a dedicated website and the information is there as a poignant reminder to these young lives that were lost.

Dark skies over Findhorn Bay

It was upsetting reading about these youngsters taken in the prime of their lives. All were so talented and their future looked so bright. I have learned so much about them I hope I do them credit when we speak about them in the USA.

It was hard reading and trying to take it all in. I was so glad when after lunch the weather cleared and I did get out.

I did get out later when the weather broke it was still windy but got two and achalfvhours on the bike. It was hard going but so good to get into the fresh air! It maybe will be a bit cold for the shorts soon.

I am so lucky to live in such a place and I can get off the busy roads and cycle by the back roads visit Findhorn Bay. It is a wonderful place even better in the Autumn and winter when most of the visitors have gone . The bike and Exercise helps clear the head and helps so much to make you feel better. This area is a lovely part of Scotland and even though I got caught in a heavy shower as I neared the sea at Findhorn. The light at this time of year is great and with boats and the rigging singing in the wind it was worth the effort! The sea looked dark and solemn with the waves but the views as always stunning.

Back Home!

It felt it a lot longer on the last few miles with the wind and rain. It was then a quick shower and warm up by the fire. It’s getting nearer the winter every day with the fire on.

As I get older it is even more important that you live every day and look after those you love and tell them.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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