Friday, June 02, 2006

Trailer blues

I've been wanting to try out my new trailer, I bought it because I'm not keen on paniers and thought towing a trailer would be more stable and less of a load on the bike.
The weather looked settled so yesterday I set off to go down the Mull of Kintyre to Campbeltown via Bute, Tarbert and return through Arran.
Towing a trailer is had work, did about 65miles first day most was pleasant but from Tarbert the A83 was quiet but oh so dull.
Camped beside the beach just off the road at a nice comfy spot, got up early and headed through Campbeltown before anyone was up.
From Campbeltown to the Claonaig ferry is a continuous series of ups and downs up to 16% graded, and towing the trailer wasn't much fun even though the scenery was great.
There were three cyclists at the ferry, a Kiwi lass cycling down from Aviemore and a couple who'd been over on Jura to watch the hill race, apparently it's 16miles and 7000ft of climbing, winning time 3.5hrs.
Back on Arran the sun came out, had a little stop in the campsite tea room and really enjoyed the leasurely cycle to Brodick, even the climb out of Lochranza was sort of OK.
At Brodick I visited the castle and gardens for tea and a walk for photos, a lovely finish to a mixed cycle.

View pictures here.


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