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 :>)