AUTHOR and cyclist Anna Hughes is backpedaling to the Highlands, revisiting the area she previously visited as part of her epic tour around the British coastline.
In 2011, Hughes cycled 4000 miles solo around the coast of Britain, a ten-week adventure that took in the highs and lows of Britain and everything in between, and became both a journey of self-discovery, and an eye-opening insight into what makes the island where she lives so special.
"I have always loved riding my bike; having the freedom to go where I choose, at my own pace — the physical pleasure and satisfaction of a hard day’s ride, the fresh air, the workout, the fact that it’s free. The bike has always been how I get to places. I wanted to see how far I could get," she explained.
A freelance cycling instructor and mechanic, living and working in London, Hughes encountered many hardships on her journey including near hypothermia in the north-west Highlands, a hurricane in Wales, saddle-sore, tendonitis and getting lost.
The journey is recounted in her book, Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Ride Around The Coast of Britain, and this month she once again travels the length of the country on a pedal powered book tour that includes a visit to Waterstones in Inverness on Thursday 24th September.
Hughes, who was the first woman to complete a solo ride of the round-coast route, will be reading from her book and answering questions.
•Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain by Anna Hughes is published by Summersdale priced £8.99.
Anna Hughes will be at Waterstones bookshop in the Eastgate Centre, Inverness, at 6.30pm on Thursday September 24th. Wine and soft drinks will be provided.