Headline: Longest stage and I love Scotland
Route: Hamilton to Fort William
Miles: 127 miles
Cycling time: 9.56.16 hours on the road, ride time 8.23.53
Average speed: 15.20mph
Total ascent: 5790ft
Weather: The miracle continues- again blessed with warmth and low winds
The weather truly is a miracle. It turns out that there’s a priest from Bristol on the ride who has a prayer group back at his church with the task of ensuring our meteorological blessing. Nice job.
Being a long stage we made a 6am start, leaving Hamilton as a peloton of flashing red lights. Gorgeous views came soon with the Campsie Fells, the route passing through Fintry, Kippen to Thornhill. The scenery just got better and better, following the River Dochart towards Crianlarich, then back on an A road, climbing steadily to Tyndrum
Every climb is rewarded with a descent, which passes all too quickly, this one to the Bridge of Orchy. After a well-needed pit stop, the undulation continued, with a climb to Rannoch Moor. The last 25 miles were exceptional, a drop off Glen Coe all downhill or flat along Loch Levan. The arrival at Fort William was quite a surprise. The campsite was at the base of Ben Nevis, guarding us as we slept.
It was a long stage, the only one requiring three pit stops. The scenery does more than just distract you, it energises you, feeding the soul with ancient beauty that has enlivened man for centuries.
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