Oban – Tarbet
2468 feet climbed
2434 calories burnt
This morning it took us all a little while to get going, probably due to the fact that we’d had rather a lot to drink last night. Joana, Gareth, Trevor and I stayed in The Regent Hotel, another night for me out of the motorhome!
Once we’d all reconvened at the motorhome, it was about 9:30am. We said our goodbye’s to Gareth and Joana who were travelling back to Aberdeen. Sad to see them go, weekends are just never long enough!
As our target for the evening stop was Tarbert, we had just over 50 miles to cycle, which after yesterdays onslaught was a nice genteel ride! Plus with Trevor as todays company and the rain looking like it was going to hold off, things were looking even brighter.
We set off out of Oban, along the A816, we’d stay on this road all the way until lunch time. There were a fair few climbs along the way, this gave us a good view out over the scenery and Trevor the chance to tell us about his sailing around the area, apparently there’s a very good place to buy anchors from!
There was only one really tough climb, and that was just before Kilmartin where we would stop for lunch. It went from sea level to about 600 ft over about half a mile. Trevor with his fresh legs shot off like a whippet, where as Dad and I hung back with our tired heavy legs.
Lunch was a feast, Harry cooked up his usual treats, bacon and egg sandwiches. I’m just going to say we were meant to have jamaican ginger cake, but after a hilarious two man search operation in a 6 ft motorhome that took about 15 minutes, we opted for the chocolate biscuits.
After lunch we came off the A816 on to the B8025, a lovely little road snaking down the Argyll coast, that gave the three of us the chance to talk instead of being stuck in a peleton on the main road. It also took us round to the B841 road that shadowed the beautiful Crinan canal, with locks and a couple of swing bridges.
We lost the canal as we joined back with the A816, it was at this point that the weather took a turn and started to really shine, it did feel like we hadn’t seen the sun in a long time, specially after the rainy day on Mull yesterday.
At Lochgilphead we took the A83 down the west coast of Loch Fyne, which looked beautiful in the sun and had stunning clear waters. It wasn’t long before we could see Tarbert, poking out along the coast of the Loch, the weather had held off for us all day!
Once we reached Tarbert, we found the motorhome in the harbour. It was a struggle to find somewhere suitable to park, we all had a look around but opted to stay near the main street on the water front. As it was a clear night we all got ready and went for an al fresco drink (think tinnies, on a bench, in front of the water – such a classy group!). Trevor generously bought us dinner in a lovely seafood restaurant called Starfish – this would be my first seafood of the trip (shocking when you think we’re cycling the coast and we’re so close to the sea all the time). The food was delicious, the staff very friendly and most importantly, they let Jasper dine with us! I had whitebait, smoked haddock and pavlova – it was all beautifully cooked and incredibly tasty.
On saying our goodbyes, we went back to the motorhome and had a relatively early night, much needed after the drinking from the night before.