Martyn's Cycle Challenge
Day 1- 11th June
gathered outside Chapel of Garioch Church at 8.30am to
wave Martyn (and his support team) off with our prayers
and best wishes. The weather was not looking very promising
I was very
pleased to hear that he had reached Contin near Strathpeffer
by 3pm and that the weather had been kind and stayed
dry for most of the day.
2 - 12 June
sounds like it was a very tough day, here is the report
hardest day cycling I've had. Westerly wind straight
into my face for the first fifty miles. I
think the forecast said gusty up to around 25 mph and it
was so gusty they were feeling it in the car. Had to abandon
Applecross pass due to heavy rain wind and very poor
visibility, we could only see about 20 yards
ahead. So we put the bike on the car and drove to Applecross.
Then started cycling again. The
weather improved in the afternoon. The last ten miles were
good resurfaced road, wind behind and flat.
Day 3 - 13 June
weather wasn't any kinder today, here is Martyn's report:
day of wind and rain. However things picked up in the
last hour or so. Despite the weather some fantastic scenery.
Left Kinlochewe at 9.00am and arrived in Ullapool at 2.40pm.
Hope to get a chance to look around the town.
Day 4 - 14 June
sounds like today was a much better day, here's
a wonderful day! Lochs, burns and glens - all fantastically
beautiful. A perfect day for cycling, but very
We left the pretty town of Ullapool early, so we
reached our destination earlier than planned. So
we had time to do an extra14 miles from Rhiconich
to Durness. That will take some miles off tomorrow.
5 - 15 June
was getting a bit concerned as no report appeared
in my in-box on Thursday. It arrived this morning,
so all is well and here it is:
run was along the north coast from Durness to just
short of John O'Groats.
Don't let anyone fool you that it's flat; it is not.
So another demanding day but with assistance from
a SW breeze.
The sun shone until the heavens opened about 5 miles
from Thurso, where we stopped for a new gear cable.
6 - 16 June
report for day 6:
sun shone at times today and there were beautiful
views across the North Sea.
Progress was impeded by a strong SW wind. However
it was dry - until we were 20 miles from Alness when
it rained. So arrived at the B&B very wet once
We did find a good curry house in Alness.
Last day tomorrow.
7 - 17 June
report for day 7:
left Alness at 8:15am and arrived back in Chapel
of Garioch at 2:45pm.All the way from Inverness we were assisted with
a d=strong SW breeze. An uneventful day - except,
it didn't rain!
So, back home.
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