There was a hint of winter in the air as I set out early on this 75 mile ride on Sunday.
A powerful north west wind was in my face all the way out. Then it swung north east and was in my face all the way back.
The wind-blown white horses, that had been galloping up Loch Sunart, were in full retreat on my return.
The wind kept my average speed at a pitiful 10+ mph, well below normal. I have excuses; this is a hilly run; it's rough, single track road; that wind; I lost a screw in an SPD; oh, and the dog ate my homework.
My new Asseos cycle shorts, recommended by FionaOutdoors, were given their first test. At £155 (yes, I know... for shorts!) they are staggeringly expensive, but seem to work.
My nether regions did not resemble saddle shaped steak tartare after this ride, so worth every penny.
The route is good but hilly and exposed to wind from every direction.
Tea stops at Ardnamurchan Lighthouse cafe, Sonachan Hotel, several in Kilchoan, and the Glenborrodale Natural History Centre.
Try to leave time to walk up to the top of the lighthouse, as it's a superb viewpoint. This artwork greets all visitors who enter.