Today started off very wet, it had rained all night and was showing no signs of clearing. We rode up the side of Loch Lomand getting steadily wetter towards Glencoe on the A82.
It was a long climb up to Glencoe, so we stopped off for a sarnie. Fortunately Lyn was driving past and stopped to make us a sarnie. That done we were off again climbing and climbing. Louise shot past in the motor home beeping the horn, she stopped off a bit later to get some shots of Gerry and I in pain.
After Glencoe it was all down hill a nice steady 30mph for 6 miles.
We got to the site for just after 3 – 75 miles in just over 5 hours, not a bad pace considering.
View from our pitch
Another day and we wake up the rain yet again! It was a miserable start to the morning, the lads set off in the rain, Sophie was heading out to find a Doctor to get Jacks cough checked out. On the up side Alex and I headed to Hamilton to meet up with Kiz for lunch.
The rain was really heavy on the motorway, we arrived in Hamilton and got parked up outside Homebase. The lads had needed some bits from Halfords so we braved the rain and headed over there. We decided to have a bimble around the shops as we were early for our lunch date. We passed Maplins and they had a bogof deal on bug killers which seemed and excellent plan so we got a couple. Typical that with all this rain that we probably won’t get to use them! I am covered in bites already, I look like I have chicken pox!
We met Kiz in Frankies and Bennys, it was nice to catch up with her, Alex got a game in the kids pack so we all had to play that! Kiz won, Alex was not impressed! It was still raining when we were done so we all headed to the van and sat in there chatting.
We droved up the new bit of motorway to Loch Lomond, the rain seemed to be getting heavier! We got parked up at the next campsite and caught up with everyone else. Lyn had a trouble free day but sadly the same could not be said for Sophie and Jack. Sophie received a call from Mike, he had hit a deep pothole and had come off his bike. He had hurt his hip, he had struggled on for 5 miles but couldn’t go any further. He is going to see how it goes overnight but it may be then end of his ride!
There was no eating outside tonight, Pizza was the easy option. It felt really anti-social sat in our own vans but sadly there was no other way. Here’s hoping for better weather soon and fingers crossed on the Beverley Bimbler’s hip.
Rain, Rain go away come back another day! Bloody weather, raining all day
We got soaked through today, at one point the rain was been blown from the side with so much force it hurt.
As well as the weather there have been numerous disasters today, I snapped 3 spokes and in the middle of Glasgow my left hand crank decided to fall off . It was a bit tricky stopping with the pedal and crank attached to my foot. Mike also had a spill and has graised his thigh, he got picked up by Sophie at about 35 miles into the route.
Not much more to say really as it has just been about getting the head down and plowing on. The rain is due to stay with us till Friday
Hopefully when we finish on Sunday we might see some sun??
Lads left early today as they were expecting a long days ride into Scotland. Jim needed a spoke repairing on a bike wheel so Alex and I headed to Penrith. Sophie and Jack headed to Carlisle to raid the Eddie Stobart shop. Jack is a massive Stobart fan and was really excited about spending Sophies money!
Alex and I got the wheel repaired, we bimbled around Penrith whilst we were waiting. We then stocked up on Morrisons doughnuts before heading to Carlisle to the ES shop ourselves. We couldn’t find it so pushed on up to Moffatt which is where we are camping tonight.
The site is lovely but there are loads of midges. Welcome to Scotland!!
Today we had two choices of routes from Glen Ridding, one
was to Penrith and then on A roads, the other was more direct but very hilly.
No prizes for guessing which one Gerry and I took!
We left Mike ‘The Beverley Bimbler’ formerly known as ‘The
Beverley Missile’ to endure A road hell whilst we tackled the hills.
We were blessed with more stunning scenery as we crossed
over the top of the hills. Coming in to Carlisle there was the usual sign at
the side of the road welcoming people to the town it said: “Welcome to Carlisle
Please Die Carefully” obviously someone with a sense of humour had pinched the
r and the v!
Coming out of Carlisle we passed the Eddie Stobart depot
and shop and joined the B7076 which runs by the side of the M6 and A74. This road
seemed to climb forever and we also suffered with a head wind.
As we came in to Gretna we found Mike near the Welcome to Scotland sign getting ready to take a picture of his bike and the sign, what timing eh? We all got individual photos and Mike then collared a passer-by to take a group shot (picture to follow as Mike’s camera is a Sony with a proprietary connector)
We all set off heading for Lockerbie more climbing, not
steep though just the head wind made it worse. Eventually leaving the B7076 and
heading for Moffat to the campsite, the last 10 miles lasted forever.
The site we are staying at is compact but has a field for
the kids to play football on, it only has one shower so a queue formed as we
all wanted to get out of smelly cycling gear.