The breaking dawn arrives all too soon as our heroes face day 2 of the challenge. With a ‘full Scottish’ to fuel us, there were huge smiles all round to see the blue skies & sun we had been promised, with the expectation of little or no heavy winds to slow us down..but how long would it last?
All round hugs & encouragement started the day, along with a generous donation from a lovely lady we met at the start point kicked off the day on a positive vibe. All we had to do was to cycle 106 miles through hills, glens, tracks, busy A roads, then through the centre of Inverness and on to the full length of Loch Ness, to our lodge in Fort Williiam…..
The ride to Inverness was pleasant but uneventful. Alex treated himself to a side trip to the Balblair whiskey distillery for some tasting, before stocking up on some ‘essentials’. The riders who had already got to Loch Ness were enjoying a scenic & spectacular ride alongside the famous water for 23 miles. The undulating landscape and 20mph headwinds made it a tougher ride than expected, but we were rewarded with amazing views through the forest & across the valley.
Another tough 40 miles later, everyone arrived at our lodge, exhausted after 13 hours in the saddle, but elated at another day successfully completed.
Bring on day 3!