DAY 10 – GUESS WHOS BACK, BACK AGAIN?

Glasgow to Tyndrum (58.2 miles)

Told you it’s all ups and downs! Fabulous day, today! I’m back!

A slightly “short day” helped at a measly 58, 4 short of what I was expecting, for a change.

The mental shift from yesterday to today was like being 2-1 down at 90 minutes in the biggest game of your life, then somehow coming out 3 minutes 20 seconds later as a winner. Well, nearly…

A great nights sleep, again for a change, at the Radisson Blu Glasgow, followed by a much better breakfast, of fruit (including banana, of course) and yoghurt, then muesli with raisins, and scrambled egg on toast! Look at me, and my healthy eating! Thanks to Neil Pickering and the team at the Radisson for, in part at least, rescuing this ride!

A freestyle route out through Govan and onto the “National Cycle Route 7” which took me on a very pleasant run down the canal, and under the Clyde Bridge.

A SWEET RUN UNDER THE CLYDE BRIDGE, WITH NEW FOUND VIGOUR AFTER A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP AND A GREAT BREAKFAST!

On from there, I headed out towards the Trossacks and stopped off at the De Vere Cameron House Hotel. If you get the chance, go! It’s an incredible hotel on the side of Loch Lomond.

FRONT ENTRANCE OF THE CAMERON HOUSE HOTEL, ALEXANDRIA – PITY I DIDN’T HAVE THE TIME TO STOP FOR A WEE DRAM!

Todays puncture came just after that, but was dealt with far better than yesterdays, and without the drama.

EVEN A PUNCTURE OUTSIDE OF ALEXANDRIA ON THE SIDE OF LOCH LOMOND DIDN’T EVEN REGISTER ON THE STRESS SCALE TODAY.


The rest of the day was spent cycling through some stunning countryside, especially when the weather’s kind like today. I never wore rain gear, leggings, etc all day. I didn’t even care that it was a breezy Northwesterly headwind again.

LOCK SLOY HYDRO-ELECTRIC POWER STATION AT THE SIDE OF LOCH LOMOND VISITOR CENTRE

Last 15 miles through Crianlarich and on to destination, were all uphill but even then, less at the forefront than my appreciation of the landscape I was lucky enough to be within.

THE ROAD THROUGH CRIANLARICH WAS STUNNING IN THE SUNSHINE

I’m staying with Andy and Ellen at the Glengarry House B&B tonight, and what a great place they run here. Mid-distance on the West Highland Way for any walkers, so bear them in mind. You may even get to see Ellens Royal Enfield classic motorbike!

A pub meal and a good chat in the Tyndrum Inn, a few minutes walk down the road, and then back here to write this up.

Tomorrow, I ride up, through and then down Glen Coe, and through Fort William, where I may trade in my “TackMagnet” brand tyres for alternatives! Actually, it turns out the puncture rate seems to be down to the fact that my rear tyre is really worn down already!

Just short of 680 miles down, so still a few to go, and I’m sure, more ups and downs, but, in the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I’ll be back!”

That one was in memory of my mother-in-law, who, although no longer with us, will always be in our thoughts, especially on her Birthday. Best wishes, Ann.

Good night all,

Chris
10th September 2013

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