Day 10: Moffat to Loch Lomond – 83 Miles
Another glorious LEJOG morning met us as we all met up at the accomodation for the morning briefing where we were informed that there were 2 options we could take for today’s LEJOG cycle route:
Option 1 – Hilly route – which involved an ascent of 2.5 miles where spectacular views of the of Black Hope awaited and then rejoining the national cycle network (NCN)
Option 2 – Flat route – retracing the route we arrived into Moffat from the previous day which eventually joins up with the NCN…
No prizes for guessing which route we decided…..the hilly route! After the democratic vote, we were off and started the climb which led us into woodland that marked the summit and then began a sharp descent. At this point, one of our group, Fenno, took the initiative to attach his camera to his cycle bars and record himself (by video) as he descended down the said hill..not sure what the top mph was but he could not be too far off breaking a record!
We then followed signs for the NCN 74 cycling through Abingdon, Coalburn and Lanark and eventually we took a break at Larkhall where we stocked up on a few snacks at the local shop and a few photo opportunities.
The morning LEJOG cycle was one of the toughest to date, mainly due to the poor surface of the roads and the ever growing number of potholes that seem to litter the Scottish roads as we ventured towards Glasgow. Time and again, we took short breaks and I was pleased to have attached a Gel seat to my saddle as my backside was really feeling the pain.
A plea to the Scottish Highways Agency: please please please sort out your road surfaces for us LEJOG cyclists!
Continuing out of Lanark on the A72, we then saw the Peak tours bus just past the the Chatelherault country park and this is where we took lunch, we were half way through the day and my legs (and backside) were really feeling the pain.
For the majority of the afternoon, it was going to be urban cycling as we headed off in one group towards the city Glasgow. I had never been to the city and was amazed at how sprawling it actually is, taking us at least a few hours to cycle through (granted, we did get lost once).
After some photos of Parkhead, Celtic’s football ground, we then met up with the rest of the group along the cycle network which leads you through the city centre following the River Clyde and the “Armadillo” building and finally out into the countryside. There was enough time for John, to scale Bankie’s Bike, a huge sculpture dedicated to cyclists that was situated along the cycle path
A final 20 miles lay ahead and this was mainly flat terrain passing through the outskirts of Glasgow heading towards Dumbarton and finally onto the stunning setting of Loch Lomond and the YHA
The hostel served up a fantastic 3 course meal for us comprising soup, sausage and mash and apple pie..and after a good 10 hours on the bike it was time for an early night. Today was by far the hardest to date.
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