Fearnmore to Ullapool (104.7 miles)
After the fantastic weather on day 1, the boys were looking forward to another beautiful day as they continued to track the West Coast of the Highlands up to Ullapool. Unfortunately the weather Gods weren’t listening, and the lads were greeting with rain, squally wind, which promised to make the days 104.7 miles even harder!
These men are made of tough stuff, so headed off to Shieldaig for breakfast, along one of the highest rollercoaster roads they’d ever seen. After recharging with sausage sandwiches and a brew, the awesome foursome headed along Loch Tomidan and inland to Kinlochewe, through some truly awe-inspiring scenery (think Jurassic Park), with the mountains of Ben Eighe towering above.
The road to Lawlock was tough, with long straight clims that appeared never-ending, and the big feature of the eay was the fact that it poured down with rain every time the guys stopped for some food and a brew.
One of the things that makes this challenge even harder is the lack of places to stop for lunch, the support crew had to improvise. Today’s offering from the “Café del Primus Store” was chicken pasta bake, mixed with spaghetti Bolognese and a bit of milk – bellissimo!
As the miles and the hills ticked by, the scenery just got better and better, as they pedalled past Loch Ewe, little Loch Broom and the Summer Isles. Despite the wind and rain, the boys spirits remained high, and at the last pitshop (it rained… again!) they jist had a 12 mile mainly ownhill run alongside Loch Broom to Ullapool, the capital of the Highlands.
Stats for the day, 104.7 miles, over 8000 feet of climbing, 5,000 calories burnt.
Tomorrow’s stage sees another punishing run north to Durnem, the most northwesterly village in Scotland.
Come on Lads!
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