8am breakfast and on the road at 9.30 taking the A82 alongside Loch Ness. It was a pretty ride but I had a big headwind and it was threatening to rain.
I stopped briefly at Urquhart Castle and my toe clips keep coming off again.
At Drumnadrochit I had a coffee and turkish delight to prepare myself for the climb out of town (17%) through Milton on the A833 to Beauly. It was a good climb and I really enjoyed being in the mountains again. They were true Scottish mountains with the purple haze of the heather and dark rain clouds overhead!
I had an amazing ride down into Beauly where I got some O rings from a hardware store for my toe clips and stopped in the Beauly Hotel for some lunch. I had a little cry as it was the kind of place I could imagine mum and dad staying in 🙂
I took the A862 through Muir of Ord, still grey skies with a strong headwind although it was flat. In Conon Bridge I had a couple of over excited school boys run along the road beside me shouting!
I continued to Dingwall and had a climb along the Old Evanton Road where I picked up NCN 1 to Evanton on to Alness. It turned into a wicked one lane road and I really enjoyed cycling it all the way to Glen Aldie, where the road was closed and I had to cycle the detour through Logie Hill across and up, up, up the Crofts of Kingscauseway coming out on the A9 and into Tain where I arrived at a friendly B&B at 9.30pm.
A superb day. Strong cycling but cold and with a BIG headwind.
36.0 mph MAX 9.1 mph AVE 7 hours 56 minutes 51 seconds 72.35 miles
1,000.0 miles total