1,000 miles!!

Trip Start Jun 20, 2011
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Trip End Jul 07, 2011


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Monday, July 4, 2011

Alan has reached the 1,000 mile mark!

By the time Alan made his hotel for the evening on day 15 of the cycle, he had passed the 1,000 mile barrier, with the comments "I'm feeling pretty good about reaching that marker!" There's an understatement for us...

Alan was joined for the MGM Oban - MGM Inverness leg by Andy Buchanan, and they were both having a wonderful day as they cycled the first half of the leg up to Fort Augustus, with the promise of lots of photos to follow when Andy returns home on Tuesday night.

Alan comments on the day:

"We've had a great day! The morning was fantastic; we made excellent time, averaging at 14-15mph, and we've been lucky as the weather was still holding and there has been very little wind, so I've had three days of really good cycling weather.

"Andy is a brilliant cycling partner - he knows the local area really well, so has been taking us on shortcuts and brand new cycle paths which has been ideal. We did 10 miles in the morning on a cycle track which must have just been constructed. There was no-one else on it apart from the two of us and no cars flying by. Normally I avoid cycle tracks as much as I can, but these ones are brilliant. We were able to ride side by side and chat as we went, which has been a really nice change - it’s such a novelty for me!

"Highlights of day 15 have definitely been Andy knowing the shortcuts and cycle paths, as well as our support vehicle and driver Lenny Boden who has been meeting us every 10 miles with tons of food and drinks! What a treat! The neutral winds and lots of sunshine have also been perfect!"

Unfortunately for Alan and Andy, day 15 didn't come without low points, as Alan explains:

"Firstly, Andy had to stop in Fort William to buy new cycling shoes as his old pair were too tight and painful. But the lowest point was the joint decision to go down the side of the Commando Memorial to get on to the nice level tow path at the Caledonian Canal, and instead ending up on the dirt track of the Great Glen Way for 10 lousy miles before we could get back on Tarmac!

"Nevertheless, it was a great day overall, and yet another outstanding show of stamina by someone unused to long distance cycling. Hats off to Andy B who toughed it out for 85 miles including the 10 miles of dirt track - unbelievable!!!"

Andy concurred that it was a very good day, and he had enjoyed the experience so far, despite the distance and dirt track! Both cyclists were looking forward to day two of the leg up to MGM Inverness, which was set to be a breeze after their 85 mile day! Unfortunately for Alan however, his resting point for day 16 isn't in Inverness, as he is cycling onwards towards Newtonmore, starting his decline from the Highlands, and his race to the finish line.

Alan explains:

"I've had it in my head from day one that when I reach Inverness I’m starting the home stretch. That’s the beginning of the end of the cycle for me, and I’m really looking forward to that milestone."

Simon White is joining Alan for the penultimate day of cycling from Newtonmore to Perth on Wednesday, and then we have a fantastic team waiting to join the relay in Perth on Thursday as the final leg commences! The end is in sight Alan!
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