Jul 15, 2011

Struggling through day 5

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Now that I’m back in Scotland you would think I’d be riding with a smile and a spring in my peddling. Unfortunately that’s not how I was yesterday, it was the first day where getting to the end if the day was a drag rather than a joy for me. Not that the views weren’t awe inspiring or my bike wasn’t running as smoothly as the Fonz in a room full of 25 year old hotties.

No, the problem today was mostly to do with my focus, and that’ not my bike for the mote observant of you. My head was in a dark place, making every movement a struggle. The progress was slow because my body was also in a mood. I have to give big thanks to Dan as he put up with my grumpyness and just hot in with his own ride and left me to it and a well timed ice cream treat from our support driver (my dad).

I had a mini second wind on the way through Glasgow as we neared the end of the day, it was finny to cycle through my brothers old neighbourhood Newton Mearns. The Erskine Bridge was a great thing to ride over.

The midges are out in full force here though, which didn’t help me break out of my dark mood. There just so damn aggressive in large numbers!

Hopefully today will be better as the views on the ride from Loch Lomond to Loch Ness are sure to be Epic.

Links and information

  • Just Giving charity page We have set up a page to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, please donate if you can
  • Map of our route We initially used Google maps to plan the route, here it is in it’s entirety.
  • Mule bars for energy These yummy natural bars will be keeping us going all the way up to John O’Groats
  • Strada Wheels These guys hand built a new set of hoops for Martin to ride for the trip

Our photos

The first puncture, CornwallOne down...to goCelebratory breakfastBristol docksRiver WyeThe evening ritualRehydratingAn ice bath substitute in Loch LomondCalories'In or oot'Tartan rug hiding stuff, on the drive homeCooling off in Loch LomondYachts off InvernessThe morning afterFeet upFlaked out in GloucestershireFeet up 2Beer, protein shakes and Mule BarsPuncture!Silhouette on the Erskine Bridge