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Outer Hebrides trip Day 7 - St. Kilda - 0 miles (on the bike)

Outer Hebrides trip Day 7 - St. Kilda - 0 miles (on the bike)

Boy oh boy, was I excited when I got up this morning - I was going to St Kilda! I don't know how long I had known of St. Kilda - but it felt like somewhere I had always been aware of and this was just too good an opportunity to miss.  Although it was quite expensive (£160 for the day), it really is a unique place that not many people get the chance to visit.

Outer Hebrides trip Day 6 - Rhenigidale to Leverburgh - 49.04 miles

Outer Hebrides trip Day 6 - Rhenigidale to Leverburgh - 49.04 miles

A great morning promising sunshine.  However this of course meant the midges were out in force again.  So after a quick shower, I very quickly struck camp and headed off.  The fast descent into Rhenigidale meant that my first job of the morning was climbing out of there.  It was tough, but not as tough as coming in (and I don't think that is just because I was fresh compared to the previous night). 

Outer Hebrides trip Day 5 - Kneep to Rhenigidale - 54.6 miles

Outer Hebrides trip Day 5 - Kneep to Rhenigidale - 54.6 miles

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.

Outer Hebrides trip Day 3 - Stornoway to Shawbost (via the Butt of Lewis) - 56.11 miles

Outer Hebrides trip Day 3 - Stornoway to Shawbost (via the Butt of Lewis) - 56.11 miles

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. 

I'm back and ready to tell all

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!