Midgie-O-Rama to Onich

I got up at 8.45, dried out the tent whilst I packed everything away and worked out my route and ate breakfast whilst pacing up and down to try and get some relief from the midges, I couldn’t wait to just get on my bike and go!

Glen Gallain
Glen Gallain

I climbed up through Glen Gallain and sailed down to Loch Feochan, cycling through Knipoch through to Kilmore and then up and down the Soroba Road getting into Oban at about 12.30.

Ardmucknish Bay
Ardmucknish Bay

I bought a midge net to wear over my hat and the man in the shop gave me a nut and bolt to replace the one I’d lost from my toe clip yesterday. I had a cream cake and a pot of tea.

Benderloch
Benderloch

I climbed out of Oban on the A85 up to Dunbeg and along to Connel where I took a bridge over the Falls of Lora, the A828. It was a lovely run through Benderloch to Barcaldine where I stopped in a bus shelter for a sandwich and granola bar.

Loch Creran
Loch Creran

I stayed on the A828 and took another bridge over Loch Creran, going along the Strath of Appin to Airds Ho and then coming upon a great view of Castle Stalker.

Castle Stalker
Castle Stalker

I cycled alongside Loch Linnhe where I crossed the border into the Highlands.

The Highlands!
The Highlands!

The A828 is very scenic and takes your breath away when you take the bridge over Loch Leven from South Bellachulish to North Bellachulish, with views over to Glen Coe among many others.

Scgorr Dhonhuill
Scgorr Dhonhuill

I went through Onich and the campsite only takes caravans so I started asking in B&Bs, eventually finding a free room in High Tigh Guesthouse for £18.

Glen Coe
Glen Coe

It was dirty, damp and mouldy, the shower door was hanging off and I cooked my own dinner in the kitchen and could hardly eat it because everything around me was so yucky. It must have been bad as I’m really not a fussy person. Still, I was happy to be away from the midges although I did wonder if I might pick up something worse by spending the night there.

Sgcorr Dhearg & Sgcorr Dhonuill
Sgcorr Dhearg & Sgcorr Dhonuill

I felt double itchy and had trouble getting off to sleep!

34.1 mph MAX 9.9 mph AVE 3 hours 45 minutes 18 seconds 50.28 miles

885.80 miles total

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