Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Alness (rain, rain, rain, more rain then wind )

Day ten, I think, and what a stinker. Rain fell from the sky in buckets from 7.30 until 1.00, and it was ice cold. We had trouble changing gears as our fingers were so cold. Had lunch to warm up, the rain had stopped but the wind had picked up and changed directions, yes directly into our faces. Just to make it more interesting, straight after lunch we had to negotiate a 15% hill which went on for a mile. I still didnt push, but admit to two short rests.

Thus today was a hard hard day, mentally and physically, but we won.

I was looking forward to the great glen, but as it happens we didnt see much, the rain was that strong, plus I had to take my glasses off and cycle without them.

On the plus side my neck was not so sore today.

Bed and breakfast last night was the worst one on the trip. The accommodation itself was acceptable, but the lady of the house made Basil Fawty look good. She was lovely to all the other guests but treated up like something on the bottom of her shoe. Given where the b&b is located it should be called Forty Towers.

road kills spotted - red squirel, badger, deer, rabbit, frog, barn owl, the idiot who invented the end to end challenge (I got him )

dist 86
time 7:08
ave 12.1
ascent 4350
cal 4725
max 33.7


May 16th - 29th 2009 - Lands End to John O Groats unsupported cycle ride. See details at

1 comment:

  1. hope the weather gods are kinder today. good luck with the end of the trip, we are proud to know you. Ineke