Woke up to clear blue sky and unbeleivably it stayed that way all day.
Didn't get our wish about our fellow guests. I heard one snorer but got to sleep anyway. Ewan woken about 2am by crescendo of snoring which I slept through. Did hear slepp talker though.
Because his sleep was disrupted and today's trip is short, Ewan elected for a long lie. I cycled into Fort William in search of food. A distict lack of cafes open at 8.30 - must be all the B&Bs. Eventually managed a takeaway coffee and cheese roll, which I ate in the public garden.
Fort William may be the last town of any size, so bought another inner tube (more later) and got some cash (ATMs may be scarce from now.
We took a minor road for first 10 miles -by now the chill has gone. I didn't want this bit to end - clear blue skies; fantastic scenery and deserted road. What more can I say.
All good things etc.
We rejoined the A82which by now is relatively quiet and running alongside Loch Linhe (linny). Did I mention that the sun is shining?
Trying to stay as near to side of road as possible, my front wheel hits a stone and I am 3-1 ahead in the puncture challenge.
Getting better at this, soon we are on our way.
Stop at lock on Caledonian canal for lunch and Ewan catches up with his lost sleep. 5 miles further on and I am 4-1 ahead in the puncture stakes. Getting a bit paranoid, and we're down to one spare tube, which at this rate isn't much of an insurance policy.
Decide its time to change tyre as well as tube. Thanks to Ewan we've mastered the pump and we're off again.
Tonight's hostel is isolated, so we stock up on provisions (pasta and beer) at a shop on the way. The hostael is 10 yards (9 metres) form the water's edge; we have a room to ourselves which looks ontop Loch Ness - perfect.