Day Three – Monday 30th April

This was our biggest day in terms of metres climbed, a fact not missed when planning the ride, coming as it did the day after the Bealach na Ba pass.   The 13km climb of Ann Tealloch , gaining 330m was a stunning 45 minute grind today.

 

The memorable part of this day was the ride into Lochinver along the B869 – accurately entitled the Wee Mad Road !   Continuous acute hairpins, blind ramps, sheer drops bordered only by knee-high rock walls,  stomach churning descents throughout its 35km ! length.  Perfect for cycling, not so great for the cars and vans we met.  If you are planning on doing the NC500, make sure you include this road , you will not regret it !

 

Another reason for this part of the ride being memorable, was the final realization that my wearing baggy shorts over my Lycra Bib Shorts was a bad decision.  Throughout the first three days I had been suffering with an increasingly sore under-carriage.  The cause was laughable in it being such a schoolboy error. My baggy shorts were not cycling specific, so had a seam where no seam should be when you are spending all day on a saddle !  As soon as I took them off,  my complete comfort returned, and I suffered no more issues in that region for the rest of the ride.


Lochinvar was a great choice for an overnight stop,  a selection of places to eat, great views across the Loch,  a feeling of being back in civilization after many hours in truly remote wild landscape. 


The B+B we stayed at Tigh Na Sith was fabulous. The hosts were extremely helpful, recommending a great place to eat in the evening, they looked after our bikes, and I must mention the wonderful breakfast of local produce.


In the evening we ate at Lochinver Larder They serve a great range of home made pies, booth savoury and sweet.  I had both :>)





Details of Day Three

From Gairloch to Lochinver – Distance 140km, Ascent 2109m

Strava Activity - NC500 Day 3

Overnight Accomodation - Tigh Na Sith


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