We're in Tongue! We cycled 38 miles on a single track road through the Highlands. It was very beautiful but also insanely windy. Sometimes we couldn't hear the cars overtaking us because the wind was blowing so strongly.
The first ten miles were a cold, uphill battle and so we stopped at the Crask Inn, the most isolated pub in Scotland and the only building in the area of Crask! It was donated to the church 29 years ago and is now owned/run by the Bishop's personal assistant and his wife (pictured). Cycling to Tongue, I was astonished by how remote it is this far north. We saw no villages or towns on our way here, just the occasional house or farm. I have been told that In the 1800s when sheep were more valuable than humans, they cleared all the people off this land to farm here. Apparently you can still visit some of the burned down ruins of towns past.
We stopped 10 miles before Tongue for lunch and Dad took the opportunity to do some stretches. When we returned to our bicycles I discovered that my back tyre was soft again. How? Why? I don't know. Still, team delejog stops for no gasping tyre and we pedalled onto Tongue! We pumped it up when we got here and will see how it is doing tomorrow.
Once arriving at the hostel, Tan and I cycled off again to buy food from the local shop and I taught him how to make lasagne. Now, we're well fed and relaxing in our fancy hostel.
Tomorrow we have 43 miles of crazy hills to cycle to get to Thurso. We're just 65 miles from John O'Groats! 🎊🎉🎇
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I'm not one for generally bivying, I prefer to sleep in a bed which I will always try to do. For @pancelticrace2019 I'm looking to push my daily distance up a little which may mean sleeping under the stars occasionally. So for flexibility I'm going to take a bivy along for this one, it gives me options. As long as I'm under shelter and out the wind I know my tolerance level.
The bag is @apidura racing saddle bag at 210grams. Inside is a life system bivy bag (I've reinforced it with tape) containing a micro fleece travel liner. The fleece is inside the bivy bag and stuffed inside the apidura bag. It means I can grab it, pull it out and lay it out without faffing. Stuffed on top in a hooded long sleeved down jacket (sorry cant remember its name). On top of that a pair of Rab pertex long fingered winter gloves, an Elements pertex hat with folding peak, ear flaps and is fleece lined. I then have a winter buff. It all comes out in order and packs away in order. So when unpacking the neck warmer goes on first followed by the cap, then the down jacket goes on, out then comes the bivy bag with liner, on with the gloves, in the bag. Simples. Total weight 1.2kgs. If I dont sleep out the bag will remain closed and unused. Undecided yet as to taking my half Klymit sleeping pad. Midges...still thinking about them 😊
Another bag and its contents coming up shortly... .
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