By 8:30 am I was all packed up and ready to set off for the day. Lucy's camera was playing up, and one of the batteries was already gone, despite both having been fully charged the day before. Great. I have not brought the charger and I am only on day 2...and where on the Scottish isles am I going to find a charge that suits her batteries? Oh well, I had no choice now.
|Low tide at Kildonan|
After Kildonan bay, I had to climb back up to get on to the A841. By 10 am I arrived in Blackwaterfoot, my original stop for the day before, where I spotted a rather large group of people looking totally pissed at the local pub. I looked at my watch and confirmed that it was still minutes past 10 am! How can you be drunk so early?
|The road to Lochranza|
|Shore near Lochranza|
|This kind of ferry crossing is common in the West of Scotland|
When I joined the A83, traffic became a little busier as it is the main road from Campbeltown. However, it was nicely paved and wide, so I made good progress and got to Tarbet in no time. I recall reading that that was a town worth visiting, and given that the sun was shinning, I diverted a little and had a look around to find a souvenir thimble to add to my mum's collection.
|At Tarbert, still rather warm and dry|
Back on the road and soon on to the road 78 that goes around the peninsula, I enjoyed quite a scenic few miles. Nearly no traffic, but despite what I had read on travel forums, the road does not actually quite follow the seaside, but goes inland so the views are rather limited. However, once I got past Kilberry, it all became clear of trees and the views were fantastic. The Isle of Jura was clearly visible a few miles in the background.
There was a nice campsite at Kilberry, according to a holidaymaker I found on the road, but it was still too early and I wanted to carry on enjoying a nice ride in the warmth and sun. I had already covered up 100 km, and was feeling fresh.
|On road 78, the Isle of Jura in the background|
|A bit of wildlife!|
Leaving Loch Caolisport on my left, I climbed some 250 m of steep road. The downhill back down to the A83 was amazing, really fast, and with a nice tarmac. Once on the A83, I pressed on to Lochgilphead, some sort of big-ish town (for this part of the world standards) where I briefly pulled into the local campsite. By the looks of it, I was quickly put off - lots of caravans, noise, kids. Not my type. Got some extra water for the night and carried on North along the A83.
I then joined the B841 (a part of the National Cycle Route 1 apparently) and follow a canal towpath. I kept my eyes open for possible wild camp spots, but could not seem to find many at this point.
Eventually, by 7 pm, I entered a wooded area that looked nice for the night. Put up my tent before it got dark, cooked some food and sealed up my tent: the midges were out! After a short phone call with Lucy, and some journal writing, I soon fell asleep with the sound of some sort of rave going on in the background...
|Somewhere near Crinan, looking for a camp spot|
|Wild-camping for the night|
I wanted to press on to Oban on the following day, so aimed for an early start on day 3.
The stats were as below:
Odometer: 137 km
Max Speed: 54 km/h
Time pedalling: 7h 38 min
Time not pedalling: 1h 35 min
Moving average speed: 18 km/h