Leg 7 - Renfrew (Glasgow) to Fort William (Part 1)This was probably my favourite day of the whole journey. Other than meeting up with old friends or relatives, it pretty much had everything. There was so much to see, and quite a bit happening, so I've split the day into two parts. The scenery just North of Glasgow was truly stunning and this post has a lot more images than the previous LEJOG posts.
We awoke early expecting to be riding in wet conditions. It was certainly damp and was a very dark morning generally. However, It certainly wasn’t pouring down. We prepared for a cooler, wetter day though. We had the check-out process to go through, needed to decide how we were going to take breakfast and more importantly (for Paul’s sake) needed to figure out how to cross the River Clyde at low level. Paul already had concerns about the prospects of a bridge crossing. It was a little windy, but the winds weren’t high. We entered into a debate our options with the very friendly and helpful staff at the Campanile. We explained about our aversion to a bridge crossing, based on Paul’s acrophobia and there was a suggestion of us using a tunnel crossing, but that had doubts cast on it as people were unsure that we could cycle (or walk) through it. Somebody suggested that there was a Clyde Ferry crossing not too far away. This seemed like a good idea, appealed to Paul’s nautical side and added to the adventure of it all. It was certainly a different way to get ourselves and the bikes over the water.
|All Day Every Day - Maybe NOT For Breakfast?|
|Wetherspoon's Full Scottish Breakfast - A Bargain!|
|Ash on the River Clyde Ferry Crossing|
|Very Glad We Avoided the Erskine Bridge Crossing - That's High!|
On further investigation, it appeared that the next hotel, near Fort William, believed we were checking in with them the night before. Oh no! I thought I’d been getting ahead of the game booking something the night before for the next day whilst in the pub. I didn’t for a minute think the web site or our hosts would think I was attempting to get there that night from Glasgow, but I must not have checked the dates. We’d already booked with Booking.com for (near) Glasgow, so how could we be another hundred miles up the road in thirty minutes? I was booking the room at about 11:30 pm. Anyway, I explained the problem to Paul, and suggested that I took some time at the next proper stop to sort things out.
On the next stretch of the A82 we had a minor blip, we had our second puncture. Well, strictly speaking Paul had his second puncture. I put it down to the extra weight and inferior tyres! We stopped on the bridge over Fruin-Water, a River which fed into Loch Lomond. Whilst Paul did his maintenance. I was soft and ducked out the way to avoid a rain shower. Paul’s pretty adept at swapping tubes and getting tyres back on, so we were soon on our way again. The weather, whilst changeable was generally OK. We’d been rained on a reasonable amount, but they were only fairly light showers and they didn’t last too long. I’d been taking the “Brighter Than The Sun” rain jacket on and off for most of the day, but nothing to dampen the spirits. We stopped for a bit to take photos around the Loch, stopping for photos was going to be the theme for the day. It was incredible, practically everywhere you looked there was a wonderful vista.
|Paul Carries Out His Roadside Maintenance|
|The Puncture Repaired - The Bikes Still Going Strong, and so were we?|
Whilst this day wasn’t really any more eventful than others, nor was it the longest ride that we did, there was so much to see and so much worth capturing on camera that I’ve split it into two parts. The next instalment about our epic ride past Past Lochan na h-Achlaise and through Glencoe to the banks of Loch Linnhe can be read in the next instalment :
LEJOG (End to End) Day 7 - Past Lochan na h-Achlaise and Glencoe