Today was a day with many climbs, starting from Lochinver, with the eventual destination being Durness. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out according to plan.
We began in lightly drizzling spells, though with light winds. As the day went on, it got sunnier and sunnier. The cycling was quite tough, with climb after climb as we passed many of the frankly astounding Assynt mountains. We stopped for lunch in Scourie, after which we tackled a 12% gradient, which proved too much for the rear wheel, who’s freehub began to give up. We returned, cautiously, to Scourie where we were lucky enough to be in time for the only bus of the day to Ullapool.
To cut a long story short, we returned in the car to Scourie where we found an excellent B&B. The current plan is to get to Thurso for repairs to be effected, and then to rescue what we can of our cycling holiday.