Day 9: Caputh - Fort William
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The Day It Rained For The First Time
Distance: 96.3 miles
Ride Time: 7h 6m 19s
Ave Speed: 13.5mph
I had a whole loaf of freshly baked bread waiting for me when I woke up. I sat eating what I could of it chatting to a couple who were using the hostel as a base to do some cycling from. I couldn't finish the whole loaf and the woman offered to make me sandwiches with the rest of it. I couldn't believe how kind she was and the sandwiches were great to have along the way.
I set off at into yet another headwind, although not as strong as the previous day. I followed a cycle path from near Caputh which at first had a tarmac surface. This soon turned to a stony surface and at one point it was just sand.
It started to rain fairly soon after I left the hostel for the first time since I started this trip. I would get heavy showers throughout the rest of the day.
I found NCN 7 after Pitlochy which was again a very poor surface that was totally unsuitable for a road bike. I stayed on it for the best part of 15 miles thinking that the A9 would be very busy. However the surface got so bad that I was sure to puncture and I decided to use the A9, which turned out to not be too bad.
The final 20 miles or so into
I had a B&B booked for tonight and it was on the top of the steepest hill of the whole trip! I arrived at , much earlier than I had expected to. I had the biggest meal of the whole trip in