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Second day, somehow I had it in my mind that it was going to be difficult than the first. It was not, probably due to the fact that I only had very light rain in the last hour of cycling and sunshine for most of the rest of the time. It is quite remarkable what a difference a little sunshine makes.

I left Strathaven at around 9:20, I guess it’s a B&B time rather than a camping time, and did the 14 miles to Muirkirk quite nimbly, after a brief banana break off again to Cumnock and then New Cumnock (to get to which I had to go trough some pretty steep hills).

The final bit I was fairly blasé about as it’s along the river. Well, would you believe it, it was the hardest bit as it was a continuous steep-up steep-down. There might be the outside chance that afternoon legs may also have been contributing to the problem.

Anyways, rain and very very wet ground makes camping really impractical and, while I feel a bit wimpish, I think it’s better not to be to hard on myself, as I’ll have many many occasions for camping in the next eighteen months.

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With any luck I’ll be able to be near the border by tomorrow evening and, weather permitting I might camp for the first time.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. julca says:

    Ottima idea…il campeggio può aspettare!

  2. julca says:

    Dear Alex…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  3. Esad says:

    Good luck!!!

  4. Christine Tomlinson says:

    Hi Alex

    Glad to have found your website and wishing you all the best for your journey. I am passing your info onto some family members who are all now in Scotland to celebrate the life of a dearly beloved niece/cousin who passed away last week after 17 years with MS. Keep safe

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