Day 11: Inverness - Tongue
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The Day I Was Nearly Blown Back To Lands End
Distance: 88.7 miles
Ride Time: 6h 56m 57s
Ave Speed: 12.7mph
I slept badly last night due to a chorus of snorers but thankfully I didn't feel too tired in the morning. Knowing that I would have the wind in my face all day I set of earlier than usual, at about . As I was about to leave I met to gentlemen who were also doing LEJOG. They said that they saw me a couple of days ago, although I hadn't seen them. They were going around east coast, via Helmsdale rather than through the middle like me and arriving in JOG the same day as me.
I nearly missed the bridge out of
There was a strong headwind and heavy showers and as I was approaching Lairg (about halfway to Tongue) I was contemplating that I might not make it to Tongue today. I had the option of taking an extra day as I was a day ahead of schedule but I really didn't want to. I saw a sign that said 37 miles to Tongue and I thought that I would make it, evan at 10mph it would only be 4 hours.
I managed to settle into a rhythm after Lairg and it was not too bad, although the wind had reduced me to a crawl. The biggest problem I had was that I was soaked through and if I stopped for more than half a minute or so I would get very cold. Therefore I had to eat and drink on the move and couldn't take any breaks to rest my legs.
The sun came out as I was approaching Tongue and I saw the sea for the first time. The scenery was beautiful here.