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Hanging in Inveraray

(written by Dave)

I’m not sure how it came across in the post but yesterday our ride was epic.  Temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees and rain for 4 plus hours.  So today, we decided to have a sleep in and enjoy a day with the bikes locked in the shed.  It rained hard overnight and was misting this morning when we got up.  By the time we left the hostel at 10AM (it is mandatory that everyone is out between 10AM and 5PM) the mist had stopped and there was almost some sun.  The sun didn’t really last but it was dry throughout the day.  It was basically a very grey Scotland day.

Speaking of grey, some readers may wonder how we end up with so many photos with bluish skies yet we keep talking about rain in Scotland.  You should know that the camera rarely comes out when it is raining.  The camera is not waterproof so we are careful.  On days like yesterday, this means fewer photos.  On days like today we get lots of grey photos.  In fact, today when I downloaded the photos I first thought that I’d messed up the camera and set it to B&W mode.  Almost no blue sky and no sunshine, lots of grey photos.  You can see how people here would get depressed with all the grey and rain.

In the paper today, we saw another article saying that September is forecast to be warmer and dryer than average.  Now we’ve seen this on the TV and in the paper so it must be true.  One of our readers suggested that we slow the pace and only cycle on sunny days.  While an interesting suggestion, I’m afraid it would take many many months for us to make progress with that rule.  Rain and weather are just part of Great Britain.

Speaking of the paper, we got to read a lot of it today.  We had morning tea and an early dinner in the same restaurant in town.  They had nice big tables, great home baked goods, free Wi-Fi and didn’t seem to mind us sitting for a couple long spells.  Fresh scones and coffee and a thick weekend edition paper, no matter the weather, make for an ok way to spend a Saturday.

We didn’t sit all day, managing to walk the entire town, find a wool shop and the post office to send some gifts home and checkout Inveraray Castle.  The castle was quite interesting.  It is the home of the Duke and Duchess Argyll – real royalty.  They live in London most of the time but come up here for breaks.  The castle is not too old, only a couple hundred years but the site has had castles for much longer.  The Duke of Argyll is also the chief of Clan Campbell.  I don’t think that the Campbell Clan and my clan, the Mackenzie Clan, were the best of friends so I kept a low profile.  I managed one covert photo of the armory to share later with my fellow clansmen (insides photos were not allowed) (editor’s note: I think that Dave is taking this clan thing a little too serious.  He’s now taken answering me with “aye” (he sounds like a drunken Irish sailor) and is growing his beard – bring on England where we have no known kin).

The rains have now returned but the forecast for tomorrow is not too bad.  With another day like today, we should be able to make some forward progress.  All our gear is dry now, so at least we’ll start the day dry.  We only have about 40 miles/65k planned so we can afford to ride around showers if they come.  Fingers crossed we’ll make it to Dunoon without getting too wet.

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10 responses to “Hanging in Inveraray

  1. It came across that you were totally miserable and I felt sorry for you not having the choice of a cozy spot to curl up.

  2. Glad you had a wonderful day off. Not so fast, Nancy! There is lots of English blood in that Scotsman…. look for the name Wing (spelled Wynge in the 1500s). Part of the family (our ancestors) left for New England in 1632. (One son later returned to England.) There may be another name….. I’ll keep you posted!!

  3. Wynge? Isn’t that English for whining? That is Dave’s heritage? Well, then…

  4. I know you are resilient and I knew you would be fine. But it DID sound pretty miserable. I just wanted to tuck you into a cozy bed and give you a hot drink.

    • Thanks Donaleen.

      It is a fine line between adding too much “color” and making a “mom-friendly post”. If a post makes you worry, then we’ve probably crossed the Mom line as well. Not to worry, we found a warm bed and I made Nancy a cup of tea.

  5. hi david maybe we are related… Floyds Aunt lived in Glasgo..(?) and we visited her there.. or near there.. he still has a cousin there somewhere.. as I remember,,it was very dreary there and the North Sea was at our doorsteps.. or was that Ireland?? well.. I love your blogs.. you two are having the trip of a lifetime and rain or shine..what fun love you ..Auntie Pat

  6. Does this mean you married your cousin? Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    I am fine with being the mom-o-meter. Hopefully I can speak up without getting your backs up. I can’t help but speak up. It gets me in trouble sometimes…

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