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Oban, Isle of Mull, Iona, Tobermory, Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan Point, Strontian, Lismore, Scotland.
(8 day bike-pack)
Wed 09 Apr - Wed 16 Apr 2014

Sat 12 Apr 2014

Wed 09 Apr 2014
Thu 10 Apr 2014
Fri 11 Apr 2014
Sat 12 Apr 2014
Sun 13 Apr 2014
Mon 14 Apr 2014
Tue 15 Apr 2014
Wed 16 Apr 2014
It was cold, sunny and windy on the crossing and once off at the other side I set off with a strong tail wind. It was easy cycling but I knew Id have to pay the price later. With the sun out it was surprisingly cold. The tail wind made the riding much easier but hill climbs were still as difficult. The old metal mileposts were interesting as they gave the distances to Iona and Salen. My original plan was to pass through Salen tomorrow but it turned out that Id reach it today.

Ferry back on Mull

Loch Scridain was to my left and a lot of white water was blowing across its surface due to the wind. After about 19miles I reached the east end of the loch where I turned left to head into the full force of the gale. The road was still single track but much quieter as Id left the main route in from the Craignure ferry. I was on the B8035 and just stuck with it into the wind using a lower gear. Its my first ride with the Rohlof conversion to an external box gear change. It makes no difference at all while riding and operating the gears but would if I had a puncture and had to remove the rear wheel.

Approaching Bunessan

The gear cable disconnection would be much easier. I left the loch side and headed into woodland and up the Glen Seilesder. The road wasnt too steep and just a steady climb with no nasty surprises. The trees helped by giving some shelter from the wind. Over the summit I left the trees behind and passed through an impressive high valley. Id passed this way before but in the opposite direction. The descent opened up a new vista of views of Loch Nakeal. The descent took a winding route until I reached the loch side where the road has to stay close by the loch as the northern slopes of Ben More drop straight down into the loch.

On the descent to Loch Nakeal

The wind was still strong and helping me along. My original plan was to camp somewhere along the loch side but Id made good time and decided to continue towards Salen and keep an eye open for a suitable pitch. I reached Salen and joined the main A848 road towards Tobermory. As I rode along the rain started. Light at first then much heavier. When Id left all the buildings behind I noticed at promontory protruding into the Sound of Mull. By the road was a small stream which looked reasonably clean and when I checked the possible pitch it turned out to be ideal. I pitched the tent in drizzle and was glad to get inside and prepare my tea.

Road by Loch Nakeal