Jul 16, 2011

If only Frodo and Sam were on bikes

After the day before mood I was hoping I could face today with a bit more of a positive spirit, but I shouldn’t have worried. On leaving basecamp at the Luss camp site we first followed the A82 along Loch Lomond, or as Dan had named it Lac L’Mond, and straight away the way the day was going to present itself was apparent.

First of all, magically, my cycling legs were back and the roads were being kind so we made really good mileage. I was constantly spurred on by the great views of Loch Lomond and then after an arduous climb the views just kept getting better as we headed through Glencoe. Stopping for a quick look back at the 30 or so miles we had already travelled that morning we met up with William Bushell, a generous soul that not only took the photo above but also on hearing our cause gave us a donation.

On the other side of that climb we then headed through some of the most Epic scenery in the UK and this continued to keep my spirits higher than they have been all week, never mind the dark day before. The only dampner on the day was that the weather began to change for the worst, but you can never get away with coming to Scotland without a little rain and we had been so lucky with the weather up till now with sunny days all the way through. The ride down to Glencoe was great and I had a chance to let my new wheels from Strada fly on some lovely and welcome downhill section, they gave me just as much confidence in the howling rain as they have all week in the dry.

Once we reached Fort William the rest of the day was in the shadow of Scotlands largest fresh water pond, Loch Ness and again the views continued to push us both on to the end of the day at end point Drumnadrochit. All in all, the words above do not begin to describe what a great day it had been, even with rain right through the afternoon and evening.

And it’s almost (I say almost) with sadness that we now head out on our last day on the road. By the end of this day, all being well, we will have completed our goal in the alloted time. Fingers crossed for another trouble free day.

 

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