The blog

15 Oct

Day 14 – Loch Lomond to Fort William

Glencoe (3) Small 2

Colin and Felix had a good start this morning and were away promptly.  Approximately one hour later Colin called to say he had broken his bike.  The roads around the Loch have more than their share of potholes and Colin managed to avoid most of them, the only one he landed in was enormous.  The result of which was a puncture and he sheared off the mech hanger.  I arrived with the spare bike and while Colin fixed on pedals, lights etc. it was decided that to avoid getting too cold, Felix should continue cycling.  Flacky was on the road 20 minutes later on a mission to catch Felix up.

The boys met up at Crianlarich  Station Cafe and had a cup of tea and some cake before setting off again.  I was by then en route to ‘Nevis Cycles with the ‘patient’.  After the dash to Fort William I was off again to meet the boys with some hot food.  They had a very long ride ahead of them so we had to keep the energy levels up.  We met again on the A82 which runs through the Highlands,we stopped just short of Glen Coe.

The boys set off again for the second stage of the ride.  I set off to find the launderette that Rob had sent me the details of.  Whilst I did the washing I chatted with a fascinating woman who worked there (I did not ask her name), this woman had herself trekked in the Himalaya’s.  Meanwhile, Colin and Felix sped on through Fort William towards Fort Augustus.  Bridget met the boys on the road into Fort William, Flacky was so impressed he fell off his bike… again! He was in a giggling heap for a while before he got himself off the tarmac.

I collected Bridget and we set off to pick up the boys from Fort Augustus.  We met them at about 2000 hours.

One long ride!

Stats for the day:  105 Miles cycled, 3200 calories burned, 3800 feet climbed.