Happy Royal Wedding Day!
Appropriately, Queen Victoria once stayed at the hotel we woke up in this morning. No celebrating in the traditional style for us however (i.e. making the most of the day off work and sloping off down the pub); we were Invergarry bound, 104 miles closer to John O’Groats.
We were all pretty tired and had a bit more of a lie in than we had planned, but this wasn’t too much of an issue as we had breakfast waiting for us downstairs at the hotel and didn’t have to load the van to travel to where we had left off the previous day (as we would normally have to).
The hotel was situated in a great spot on the edge of the loch and before setting off we took the opportunity to get in a couple of group photos.
It’s been pretty windy today and unfortunately it’s been against us most of the time. It made the approach to Ranoch Moor pretty testing, but we reached the summit in decent time all things considering (even accounting for the photo stop with the bagpipe player). We’ve generally been split into three groups while riding, with Duncan and John making the best time, Danny and myself holding the middle ground and Jordan bringing up the rear. The reward for the early climbing was awesome, with a really long and fast 40mph+ decent into Glen Coe, where we all gathered for a coffee break (except John and Duncan, who were halfway through a pint by the time the rest of us arrived. Look, we know you’re faster than us, but that’s just taking the p*ss!).
We then had 40 miles to complete the day and it was a steady, fairly flat slog. 800 miles in 8 days is starting to take its toll now though; everyone is starting to feel a little sore and the pace is dropping. We’re all still enjoying the experience and loving the cycling here in Scotland, but I think we’re all looking forward to the end now too! So, when we came into Invergarry, the hotel was a very welcome and relieving site. And another fine hotel it is too.
We’re up in the room as I write this, after having eaten another good evening meal downstairs. For me, this is the first time I’ve been to this part of Scotland and my appetite for coming back has definitely been whetted. It really is a beautiful part of the world and it’s fantastic for cycling. Plus, I think the fantastic quality of the hotels we’ve had in Scotland may be influencing my views somewhat!
All off to bed now, set for a 7.30 meet at breakfast and aiming to get a 9pm start as these early finishes are still proving hard to come by.
Hard to believe that it’s only two more rides before we’re due to reach John O’Groats. We looked at it on the map over dinner tonight and the ground that we have covered is amazing. So close!