By 6:30 am I woke up to a wet morning by the beach. It had been raining most of the night and also the wind was pretty strong at times, so decided to wait inside the tent a bit and eventually managed to set off at 9:30 am.
|Woke up to this|
|B8073 climbing past Dervaig (Isle of Mull)|
|Loch before getting to Tobermory|
|Drying out the gear|
At 1 pm I was already on the short and shaky ferry crossing over to the mainland. Once on the other side, I looked behind and over to Mull to see the vistas.
|The Isle of Mull from Ardnamurchan|
|Speaks for itself|
My original plans were to rough camp here for the night, but it was still 2 pm, relatively windy, and full of midges wherever there was no wind. I decided to press on and soon caught up with Rob, who had already set off a few min before me.
|Lighhouse at Ardnamurchan point|
|Westermost mainland UK traffic lights!|
Rob was a computer games engineer who was now living in Dundee. As I guessed from his accent, he was a Northener, from Manchester, who was now enjoying living in a small town close to the countryside. He was riding a Dawes Ultra Galaxy, and was also into building bikes, so we chatted the usual bike stuff until we got to Salen.
|B8007 to Salen|
The locals were enjoying some whiskies with ice and water, while we ordered an ale and a hearty lasagna. We took it easy. Rain started to hit hard again, so we did not leave in a rush. We decided to camp on the campsite near Salen along the A861.
It seemed like a nice setting, by the Loch, and with good facilities. It cost £6, and was full of midges, so quickly set up our tents and retreated to them. Some 40 km or so separated me from the next town on the itenerary: Mallaig.
The stats for the day:
- Odometer: 83 km
- Max speed: 53.6 km/h
- Average speed: 15.5 km/h
- Moving time: 5h 22min
- Stopped time: 3-4 hours