Inverness to Gretna Green - Day 7 - Loch Lomond to Glasgow
- Distance 62km
- Max Elevation 82m
Gretna Green to Liverpool - Loch Lomond to Glasgow Ride Profile
We awoke to continuing rain. It had never stopped all night. There was a little river flowing over the groundsheet in the porch. Luckily we had the bunk house in which to cook breakfast. We then carried all of our baggage into the bunk house to pack.
The rain continued all morning and the ride back to Drymen was slow, because we were feeling low and our legs ached from the hard day before. Today was much flatter, beginning on quite country roads heading down through rolling countryside towards Balloch. We saw no cars at all. We stopped in Balloch for lunch, a busy tourist hotspot at the foot of Loch Lomond.
Afterwards, the Inverness to Gretna route was totally off road and flat. First we rode along the banks of the river Leven and onto the towpath of the Firth of Clyde canal. Then it was along a disused railway track and finally onto the Clyde pathway. Until now, the Sustrans signing had been exemplary and very easy to follow without a map. Entering the suburbs the signing deteriorated. We lost the track a couple of times, but one particular time we were staggered when one guy seeing us looking confused, came out of his house and helped us to find our way again. This sort of thing restores your faith in human nature especially when just a few moments later we felt a bit nervous as we approached a group of teenagers hanging about on the path. We rode hard, through them and they jumped out of the way.
By now it had at last stopped raining and we finished our ride along the banks of the Clyde passing the SECC, BBC Scotland, STV and not to forget the "Squinty Bridge".
We checked into the Euro Hostel which was good, clean with private on suite rooms and free internet access in the bar, (any excuse for a pint). Because it was our wedding anniversary, we blew the budget and went out for an Italian meal, (three course, pre-theatre special at 11.95 each, which was not exactly extravagant, but absolutely delicious.
The overnight stay allowed us to dry out all our belongings and update our blog.
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