May 21st 2006 - Day03

Inverness - Fort William

Route - A82

Approximate Mileage - 75

Wow! I don't think we'll have a better day than today. The whole day was full of amazing scenery. The weather was perfect with sunshine all day. The day started very early. We all woke up about 5 am and were up and getting ready soon after. We decided to leave early since we were all looking forward to Loch Ness.

We left at 6.30 from Inverness Travel Lodge, which by the way was basic but did the job. We are sorry to the chamber maids who may have not appreciated the smells that we left behind! And I can say is that the brown stain on the bed was actually where Steve had been lying in bed with his chocolate m&m's, nothing else I promise!

There was very little traffic early on and it wasn't long before we reached loch ness. Amazing views. Fact: the Loch is 20 miles long and as much as 1000 feet deep in places. No wonder no one can find that elusive monster, although I'm sure I've been cycling with him. We stopped for breakfast at a hotel overlooking the loch. So much better than what the hotel could offer us.

The day was filled with stops and starts as the views became increasingly spectacular. I think I took about 100 pics today and Keith took even more. We reached Loch Oic where we took some more pics and turned round to see the boys from Middlesborough that set off for a jog 30 min's after us and are following a similar route. They arrive in Lands End the same day we do. We originally met them at the end of day 1 so it was good to bump into them again.

Not too much further down the road we needed to stop for our 200 miles photo call, just 800 to go. We finally ended the day with a relaxing ride taking in the breathtaking views of Ben Nevis and the last few miles into Fort William.

We have been extremely lucky with tonight's bed and breakfast. It overlooks Loch Linnhe so the views out the front door and Keith's bedroom window are fantastic. 82 miles estimated for tomorrow with the long 1000ft plus foot climb from Fort William up Glen Coe.