Woke up to a beautiful sunny day - much better than yesterday. Sadly, the wind was back! The ride back along the B8011 was just as enjoyable as the ride in yesterday - staggering scenery. I was rather hoping that I'd have a tail wind for part of it (having battled in horrendous head winds yesterday), but it seems that the wind was not on my side and decided to give me a fight back along the road.
Awoke to pretty good weather and was itching to get out of Stornoway and into (what I hoped) would be the more remote parts of the islands. It was also a Sunday - and things are very different on a Sunday here in Lewis! There is almost universal sabbath observance here - EVERYTHING is closed. Not just shops and restaurants, but also visitor attractions etc. I was aware of this, so I had prepared myself and ensured I had enough food on the bike for the day and night.
Wake up to a pretty grim morning - bit wet and windy. But at least I had nearly 3 hours on the ferry to hide from the rain. The ferry left at 10:30 - so I had a little wander around Ullapool. Picked up the paper to read on the ferry and managed to remember to buy a midge net (I had tried in London, but due to some very poor service at Blacks in Chiswick, I hadn't got one). It is a very big ferry over to Stornoway and it was pretty full - except for bikes (just me!), which made me worry a little more about the whole cycling north to south on the islands again.
Coming back into London this morning, I was certainly filled with fear and trepidation - not just for all the stuff I knew would be on my desk and I have to clear before I jet off next week to the US for a conference, but for all the crazy stuff that goes on here - how busy, dirty, hectic etc. it is. My ride home certainly proved those fears. I suppose I will get into the swing of it all fairly quickly though. However, I will not forget that trip as it will live with me forever. I am looking forward to writing about it, just to remind myself of the great time I have had. I know a blog is ideally meant to be a spontaneous, stream of consciousness and here I will have to write about stuff that happenned 2 and half weeks ago - but I will do my best. I wrote a lot of notes whilst I was away - so hope I can write 'in the moment' and express my feelings at the time without anything that happenned later in the trip prejudicing that.
I will have so many photos as well to go up on my Flickr site.
It's going to take a while - so be patient!
Okay - everyone else is doing it - so I thought it's time to try my hand at blogging. So what on earth am I going to write about? Well at the moment, my mind is pretty much occupied with my forthcoming trip to the Hebrides.
My plan is to cycle the length of the Outer Hebrides (the wrong way it turns out) and then travel onto Skye.