|If it weren't so far North it would be packed with tourists! View from the campsite onto the beach|
|The most scenic dental clinic I've seen to date. Fionnphort.|
|Caribbean beach in Mull, at the campsite|
|The bus shelter I used to take a break the day before. The cyclist is Matthew|
|Somewhere along the B8035 in Mull|
|Going inland. The mountains on either side topped 800 m or so, according to the GPS|
|About the get down to sea (Loch) level|
|Can it get any better than this?|
In Killiechronan I stopped for lunch, which consisted of local cheese with tomatoes and bread. The Mull cheese was amongst the best I've ever had, up there with our very own manchegos. The views from my lunch spot were, again, amazing.
|Very nice Mull cheese|
|Lunch spot at Killiechronan|
The road got a bit steeper along the Loch, quickly gained altitude and remained at 100 m for quite a while. I cycled past some road workers, who I asked about distance to Calgary beach (apparently one of the 10 top beaches in the whole of the UK!). They confirmed it was about 20 km or so, meaning a bit more than 1 hour at my pace.
The downhill to Calgary from 200 m down to sea level followed a very steep climb that had me on my lowest gear for the first time on this trip. Although my initial plans were to head to Tobermory and spend the night there, I soon decided to spend the night at the beach. To my surprise, there even was some basic facilities to use, free of charge, for campers. They were really gross though, but still, nice to know they are there.
|Almost 200 m above sea level|
|Calgary beach on the left|
As I was descending towards the bay, I noticed I had phone reception for the first time in Mull. I quickly texted Lucy and the parents saying something like "it was rough yesterday, but I think today it's been one of the best days on the bike". There was already a tent in Calgary beach, and with the sun out, I did not hesitate much to pitch mine up.
I had met the other campers on the ferry crossing from Oban, the day before. They were a couple on their first tour, combining B&Bs and camping, and seemed quite friendly. Apparently, they told me there was also a café up the hill as you leave Calgary. It turned out to be a not-so-friendly bunch of people in there, but they had local beer which I could not resist to get... I also filled the water bottles and returned to the beach.
|This is the life|
|Sunset at Calgary Bay|
It had been a superb day on the bike. Mull had not disappointed, and as other cyclists say, it certainly is amongst the best places one could ever ride in. If the weather cooperates, it cannot get much better, surely.
|Maps and ferry times|
The stats for the day:
- Odometer: 92.7 km
- Max speed: 55.8 km/h
- Moving average: 17.1 km/h
- Moving time: 5h 24min