Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 2

Day 11 - Oban to Fort William

I stocked up with food in Tesco's this morning and started cycling out of Oban at about 11am. The whole days cycling was pretty level.

Whilst visiting Dunstaffnage Castle, I sustained another puncture, now the 4th in four days. I threw the old tube away and replaced it with one of the new ones I had bought in Oban. As it turned out I did not suffer another puncture for the rest of the journey.

On joining the A82 for the last 13 miles to Fort William, I experienced the most atrocious driving of the journey so far. Drivers would give plenty of room when overtaking from behind but also take huge risks pulling out into oncoming traffic and around blind corners. I was amazed that I did not see a collision during this part of the journey.

At Fort William, I located and stayed at the Glen Nevis campsite, which cost £6.50 for the night, showers at 20p. This was a large and very well organised campsite. It was just a shame that the clients were generally miserable tunnel visioned types, incapable of conversation or any form of awareness or humanity. I have never met people like this before in a campsite.

There were a large amount of midges here, and many people were walking around with midge nets over their heads. After a huge meal of pork and pasta, I was still hungry and bought a burger and chips from a catering van on the site. The two lads in the van made up for the lack of character, and I stood talking with them for quite some time. One was from France and the other from Australia, both of them were travelling with their wives, and working to raise funds for the next part of their journey.

In the evening I went to the bar on the campsite and watched 4 Dutch people playing Bridge.

Photograph of Dunstaffnage Castle
Dunstaffnage Castle

Photograph of a roadsign that reads: 'Welcome to the Highlands'
Welcome to the Highlands

Photograph of a boat sailing on Loch Creran with mountins in the background
A boat on Loch Creran

Photograph of a war memorial in Fort William
A war memorial in Fort William

Photograph of a war memorial donated by the youth of Hiroshima to Fort William
Hiroshima memorial in Fort William

Close up photograph of a war memorial donated by the youth of Hiroshima to Fort William
Hiroshima memorial in Fort William

Photograph of my tent at the Glen Nevis campsite
Glen Nevis campsite

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