Day 11: Inverness - Tongue

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First signpost to JOG. I would be covering nearly 160 miles though.

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 9:00.  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 Inverness that crosses the Beauly Firth and I could see it in the distance as I was running parallel to it.

Bridge into Lairg
  If I'd have carried on I would have gone right round the mouth of the river rather than across it, adding lots of extra miles.  I backtracked and crossed the bridge.

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.

TYoungTX says:
Sounds like this was a grueling day!
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
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