|2012-05-06 23:34:00||pleased||Radio 4!|
Well, today my hostess took on her hardest cycle yet:
- north from Corrie,
- up and over the Boguille to Lochranza,
- along the north-west coast to Machrie,
- up and over the String (YouTube video),
- into Brodick
- then back to Corrie.
We were hailed on as we started up the Boguille and froze in the wind dropping down to Lochranza. We stopped for a well-earned cup of tea at a small refreshment stand near the ferry terminal, then headed on to Machrie.
Here’s the map. The speed at mile 30 is almost certainly wrong – that’s one of the steep downhill bits.
We had a further stop at Machrie to look at a clothing shop belonging to the sister of one of Elly’s friends. The road soon pulled away from the coast and began to ascend before joining the main cross-island road. The road then ascended hard up to the highest tarmac on the island – it took about 40 minutes. The descent to Brodick took less than 5 – it’s the hardest Lev’s disks hard worked yet.
We stopped for lunch at Eilean Mor – I can’t recommend their rich pasta dishes enough before doing a bit of shopping at the nearby co-op and returning to Corrie.
I’m very pleased that my hostess made this trip and quite pleased that I got up the String staying in the top range of Lev’s gears. I hope to do the String from east to west tomorrow: this is slightly harder and more exposed. I’ve never yet done it without stopping: here’s hoping for this time.