Picture of the day (Day 28 to 41)

   Day 28 – Ullapool to Aultbea

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Day 29 – Aultbea to Shieldaig

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Day 30 – Shieldaig to Strathcarron

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90 minutes it took to climb this ‘hill’. I took a few rests, but my heart-rate recovery has never been better, so they were quick breathers rather than full laying in the ditch gasping for air type rests.

One day I am going back to that hill in Whitby that defeated me. I’m going to show it some pictures of Scottish hills and then I’m going to pour a glass of wine, light a cigar, and ride up it ‘no hands’.

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Brakes firmly applied, fingers crossed, down we go!

Day 31 – Strathcarron – day off. Yes I know, it could be habit forming.

Day 32 – Strathcarron to Mallaig

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Over the sea to Skye… via the bridge. I last visited Skye about 30 years ago. I wonder if it’s stopped raining.

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Skye is on the right, so that will be a no then.

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Ferries. Here’s one I missed earlier.

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Mallaig.

Day 33 – Mallaig to Kilchoan

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Fortunately, I was clear of them after just a single mile.

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Day 34 – Kilchoan to Oban

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I thought it would rude to head off to Oban without visiting the most westerly point of mainland Great Britain that you can get to on a bike. Okay, if you’re very determined and a bit mad you could get a bit more west on a bike, but it isn’t worth it. Words stolen from Wikipedia say,

“Ardnamurchan Point lies at the western end of the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It is 1.1 kilometres (0.68 mi) north of Corrachadh Mòr, the most westerly point on the island of Great Britain, which is a few metres further west than the Point.”

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I managed just one Tobermory picture before the rain on the lens made further attempts futile. It rained all day today. A lot, all day today.

Day 35 – Oban to Lochgilphead

Early start, early finish today as  I needed a bit of work doing at Crinan Cycles in Lochgilphead. It was raining when I left Oban, and it didn’t let up until I left the bike shop. When it did stop I sat at the loch side to empty my shoes and wring out my socks and gloves. I think it may rain tomorrow, and on Sunday the forecast suggests some rain.

A couple of pictures from just outside Lochgilphead.

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Day 36 – Lochgilphead to a hillside above the B8001 near Gartavaich

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Approaching Tarbert, and these ‘road cyclists’ are about to be overtaken by an old grey beardy bloke on a tourer with far too much gear.

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My tent. Essentially it is a sandwich bag with some sticks and string.

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The view from my front door / flap / zip. It is raining, but nothing compared to what happened during the night.

Day 37 – A hillside above the B8001 near Gartavaich to Irvine

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Campbeltown is down there.

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Day 38 – Irvine to Stranraer

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Imagine my disappointment! Got all the way here and realised I had left my clubs at St. Andrew’s. Well I’m not gong back. It was bad enough having to go back to Holy Island to count the steps on the refuge tower.

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Day 39 – Stranraer to Dunragit

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This duck is the Scottish Long Orange Billed Duck, so called because it lives in Scotland.

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After the Scottish Highlands, The Rhins of Galloway seem a little tame.

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I hoped Port Patrick might liven things up, but it was not to be. A lukewarm hot chocolate and a slab of leaden dismal cake, whilst watching a coachload of tourists queuing glumly for the convenience didn’t help either.

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More Rhins then.

Day 40 – Dunragit to Newton Stewart

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Day 41 – Newton Stewart to Castle Douglas

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Caption competition?

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6 thoughts on “Picture of the day (Day 28 to 41)

  1. Hi SIMON
    Good to hear from you at last. Last seen about to launch on the downhill side of Bealch na Ba. If it was 90 minutes up what was the descent time.?
    It must be more than 40 years since we were at the Kyle of Local shops being eaten alive by midges. There was no bridge then of course. Hope you enjoyed your day off.

  2. Hi Mo and Mike

    It took about 30 minutes to get down. Very cold, and very scary. It could so easily get out of control. You can’t afford to not make one of the bends.

    The day off was good for my knees, and it gave me some time to make sense of this ‘coastline’.

  3. Do you lock your bike to your ankle when you are sleeping in your tent, or does it have its own tent?

  4. If you saw the chain ring gouges on my inner thigh you could be forgiven for thinking the bike shares my tent.

    If there’s something to lock it to, then I do that. If not, I lock the wheels to the frame and hope. Incidentally, I’m on my second lock. I blame sheep for the loss of the first. Actually I blame the particular sheep that sleeps on the decking at the entrance to a country ‘hotel’ in the remote Scottish highlands. After an interesting breakfast I was loading up my bike before setting off in search of some Scottish lowlands. The sheep took an uncomfortably close interest and clearly thought the next item out of my accessories bag would be sheep food. With each disappointment the noise and the jostling became more and more intimidating. I left in a hurry leaving the accessory bag deliberately and my lock inadvertently behind. One day, somebody will find a bit of Tesco carrier and a combination wheel in their Sunday dinner.

    As for the chain ring gouges, it is all to do with incorrect weight distribution. My bike is like a stealth fighter when unladen, and like a very angry mule when laden. Once moving we get on fine, but stationary or manoeuvring at low speed it kicks and bites and generally tries anything to get it’s font wheel off the ground. And the swearing, you wouldn’t believe the swearing.

  5. The pictures are really very good, but I have to say that the commentary that accompanies the pictures is even better. The comment about Port Patrick and the “slab of leaden dismal cake” caused me to ‘LOL’, but properly. People turned to look at me. It was a bit like being on The Voice.

  6. Just leaving a comment in total agreement with Penge. As you know, I love your pictures and know that you wouldn’t put up anything you weren’t happy with, however your comments, they are very funny. They also make me laugh and usually when I am at work and Val asks ‘what has he written now!’ Sometimes it’s the kids that ask especially when it’s a ‘laugh out loud’ and as your know teachers shouldn’t have a sense of humour.

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