Friday, 13 July 2012

Day 10-12: Helsmdale to Inverness to Fort William to Glasgow

We have had a blogging absence... many apologies. We've receieved messages asking us if we are still alive, and if we have got any further than Wick, so would like to assure you all we are doing fine!

Our number of cyclists has increased- Lucia and Gregory Treloar joined us in Inverness, where we were very kindly hosted by the beautiful parish of St Mary's. A stunning day's cycle down the banks of Loch Ness (no monster sighted) and the lochs further south, followed by a climb into the mountains, past Ben Nevis and some stunning scenery, ending our day in Fort William, where another parish, also called St Mary's, hosted us again! Anna made 2 awesome apple crumbles from scratch, and after cycling 65 miles - not a bad effort we thought- for dinner, and we also had pasta. We have had a lot of pasta, and are still loving the stuff.

Outside St Mary's church, Inverness

On the shores of Loch Ness

Loch Ness paddle.... bit cold...

Our next day was affectionately known as D-Day. The morning was absolutely stunning, leaving Fort William to cycle through Glencoe and the West Highland Way area. The ascent was long but kind, and the descent was long and much more fun.

We cycled 107 miles in an effort to arrive in Glasgow at 7 for Mass and a gatheringwith our good friends the Glasgow Faith Forum, hosted by the Sisters of the Gospel of Life. Fathers Gerry Byrne and Kevin Douglas celebrated Mass for us, after we eventually arrived after 8. Glasgow is big and confusing, our map was little and confusing. Not a good match. The food was wonderful - we believe the Scottish call it a "nosh-up".

The group outside St Brigid's Church, Glasgow
Team and mascot, Sr Andrea

Holy Cross Church, Glasgow... with an extra lady...
We have our new t shirts... Thought we'd all wear them today, the passing drivers liked them. We think they're great too.

Now an entire paragraph devoted to punctures- Anna is now on 4, Greg O'Connor is mounting a catch up effort on a current total of 2, one very inconveniently timed to interrupt our frantic sprint to Glasgow for 7pm. We can almost fix them now we think.

Weather- great. We can't quite believe it.

And to show it's not all hard work....

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