Day Twelve – Martin’s Challenge

A strange cycle route into Inverness may well have kept us off the main roads but seemed to add a few miles to the start that was set to be a long day anyway. That said, we made good progress before having lunch in Dingwall as we reached the “top bit” of Scotland.

We then were due to follow the National Cycle route 1 for the rest of the day but we missed a turn which left us destined to need to do a 90+ mile day which was far from ideal, considering the last 25 miles were to be largely in the middle of nowhere on a gradual incline.

We cracked on though at a good pace to be fair and when we had our final pit stop the spar at Bonar Bridge, by coincidence Mark passed us at the junction as he was heading towards our planned overnight accommodation. Tempting though it was to throw the bikes in his estate car, we refuelled at the Spar (including the best cream cake I have had this year!) and pushed on to the Crask Inn which has to be one of the most remote hostels in the country. They looked after us though, which was needed after a bleak but beautiful gradual climb.

A nice whisky with Mark marked the end to a long day of 92 miles.

PS – the new pedals are great!!

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