Today was always billed as a difficult day, aiming to cover 75 miles from Ballaculish to Crinan, with the idea to get here as early as possible to sample their acclaimed restaurant.
Fuelling ourselves with potentially the best breakfast spread so far we set off from our picturesque lodge trying to find a newly built cycle path that we were told would take us the 35 miles to Oban. Despite only travelling 500m from our hotel, I am sure it will not surprise most of you that we got lost. This newly laid cycle path didn't seem to exist, not a good start to the day.
Eventually we found a path, and cycled on it for all 2 minutes. Whilst we are getting fitter, we certainly did not cover the intended 35 miles in that time, 1050mph may be slightly beyond us mere mortals. In that two minutes we did have an incident with Caroline taking a tumble on a slippery bridge. Thankfully Dr. Graham (Is) was on hand with her first aid to bandage her up as good as new.
Pushing on hard on the main roads, we battled against yet more wind, rain, hills and nutter drivers. Eventually what seemed like an age we found the fun bus in Connel and stopped for a pub lunch.
With a round of sandwiches under our belt we set off on our afternoon leg. Some brutally long and steep hills kept our heart rate high but the views from the summit were fantastic and well worth the pant and sweat. With views so picturesque it felt a shame to descend so quickly, so we stopped half way down for a much deserved afternoon tea with scones.
Apologies for the lack of pictures today but I'll post them all tomorrow, everyone is waiting for my order!
Finally, the results of our daily dinner competitions are in, with Ed winning 'Cyclist of the Day' after an impressive performance on the road. Jess and Lydia came joint first place in the 'Animal Noises' competition where they had to mimic the noise of a cockerel!