day 17 Thursday 2nd October

October 2, 2008 - Dunoon, United Kingdom

Change of plans - I decide to take the ferry to Dunoon and go via the Trossachs - I think it will be more interesting than Galsgow - I've been to Glasgow but never to Dunoon and the Trossachs - I'm really looking fwd to it. Glad to get out of Kilmarnock and progressing again. I've been very pleased with my bike so far, and especially with my visibility on the bike. The light was very poor during yesterdays rain and hail but I never felt that vehicles hadn't seen me - though I did worry about that in the worst of the weather.

Today's route took me West from Kilmarnock to Irvine before going North to join the A78 then along the coast road to Saltcoats and Ardrossan and rejoining the A78 past West Kilbride and Fairlie, Largs, Skelmorlie, Inverkip and finally left along the coast to Gourock to catch the ferry to Dunoon.

Scenic crossing with some early commuters. Took the A815 via Hunters Quay, Ardnadam and Sandbank and continued along the A815 around Holy Loch to Ardbeg where a left at the 'T' junction. I am now riding in the Argyll Forest Park, a beautiful place and in the dwindling light the atmosphere is very interesting. Riding alongside Loch Eck in the twilight is magestic. However, there are not many houses. Several miles pass without really seeing anyone and the light is going - still it's magestic and sort of foreboding too. Wonderful - good job I don't watch horror movies - this is an idea setting for a film like "The Hills have Eyes", which I once saw with a friend back in the 1970's - I remember it was part of a double header, the other film being "The Toolbox Murders" - if I wasn't keen on horror movies before that experience I certainly wasn't keen after. Anyway, riding around Lock Eck in the fast fading light was reminicent of, well you know !

Well after dark I finally reached Strachur just before a 'T' junction at Loch Fyne. I decided I had to find somewhere to stay the night and so spent 30 minutes in the tiny village to no avail. I eventually retraced my path back up the A815 a little until I found a sign (remembered going past it earlier) and rode of the beaten track and finally found it. Lovely people, very hospitable and highly intelligent. I stayed in their son's room. They even gave me an evening snack.

This was a lovely day's riding - thoroughly enjoyable. Go no photo's of Loch Eck but did get some in the Dunoon/Hunters Quay area.


view heading North from Dunoon
view heading North from Dunoon
view heading North from Dunoon
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