Day 11: Loch Lomond to Glencoe – 66 Miles
We all re-grouped for our morning LEJOG briefing at Loch Lomond YHA and after final adjustments to bikes and riders, we set off along the busy A82 as we followed the early morning commuter traffic. After a few miles we then joined up with a cycle route which follows the banks of Loch Lomond over a 10 mile stretch and led us through to Tarbet.
We were then back onto the busy A82 as we followed this road through Ardlui and Crianlarich where the roads began to "gently" ascend and were soon cycling into Tyndrum, where we met up with Steve and the Peak Tours van for a brief LEJOG lunch at the "Real Food Cafe" , which serves award winning Chips and a few of the group thought it was the perfect opportunity to load up on the carbs for the afternoon's riding, this is definitely a good idea for any LEJOG cyclists out there. It's perfect stop before the hills await you!
After yet another superb lunch, we were off continuing along the A82 as the road began to ascend over 5 miles and led us to the start of the Highlands, "The outdoor capital of the UK"
The Highlands proved to be one of the most scenic routes as we cycled past mountainous regions and rocky pathways. In some ways, very similar to Dartmoor. It has to be said that we were very fortunate with the weather as this can prove to be very inconsistent. After 10 miles, the road led us through to the Glencoe YHA and after arriving, was handed a parcel from reception, my wife had sent up by post a package containing home-made cookies...which I reluctantly shared with the rest of the group...
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