James and Joe cycle LeJog

A 1146 mile cycle ride from Land's End to John o' Groats

Day 16 – Tarbert to Benderloch

Rain. Rain. Rain. Rain. Rain.

Joe in the rain.

While the rest of the British Isles basked in sunshine, we got absolutely wet through. Totally soaked. From leaving Tarbert to arriving in Benderloch, it was continual rain. The edges of the roads were like rivers and each vehicle that overtook us sprayed us with yet more water. Cycling 60 miles, we only stopped once to eat lunch in a bus shelter. Did I mention the cold? Our feet were freezing (shoes full of water) and our hands were numb.

Lunch is about to be served at the Cafe Arnold. Co-Op pasta £3 deal is on the menu again. It’s on the menu everyday.

Our route was a simple one. We had one choice and that was to follow the A83 to Lochgilphead, then the A816 to Oban. Not particularly busy, but also because of the weather, not as scenic as we’d hoped. The mist shrouded everything.

James in the rain.

But what did we do? We put our heads down and cycled on. Looking back now it doesn’t seem so bad, it already feels quite an enjoyable experience. Often the worst days are the most memorable. So after arriving at our nice B&B, showering and eating an evening meal we’re ready for tomorrow’s ride. And the forecast looks a little better too.

Total distance cycled so far: 883 miles

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2 comments on “Day 16 – Tarbert to Benderloch

  1. Jane Walker
    July 23, 2012

    You look like you’re having an amazing experience…not sure the heat we’ve had today down here would be great for cycling in either though! Well done to both of you and GOOD LUCK for the rest of your journey x

    • Little Jim
      July 28, 2012

      Thanks for the comment Jane. It really meant a lot to us that people were following our progress and wishing us good luck. Thanks!

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