Hit something like 63km/h approaching a bend (with the brakes being feathered!) and swap your leading foot.
Cue a massive swoop to the left towards a stone wall, catch that with a massive correction to the right and finally get back to the middle of the road.
That was dammned close to my first ever CB accident and it could have been BAD. No idea what was going through the mind of the driver who had been following me down the hill. I cruised the rest of the way into town. Back to my parents place a good hot shower and a good evening meal out in the pub.
- Follow my own route, rather than depending on the national routes as they seem to have something of a different agenda to me. They’re a reasonable starting point, but I’d prefer not to subscribe to the “keep away from traffic” mania
- Plan no more than about 100-110km per day on consecutive days. I didn’t have any time to stop and tourist which was a shame. My agenda was driven by an external timeline in this case which led me to load things up in a less than ideal fashion.
- My loaded touring pace (about 15kg luggage in this case) is about a 22-23km/h (13-14mph), vs my day ride Audax speed of 25-27km/h, plan accordingly next time, see no 2 above.
- Really think hard on luggage, I wasn’t excessively loaded, but did have a few items I could have left behind. Particularly indulgent was my new Olympus EM10. There were a few clothing items I could have left behind as well. My mechanical get-you-home kit was unused, but there’s no way that’s being left behind. My first aid kit got used, and there was a t-shirt or two I could have left behind as could some of my toiletries, staying at B&Bs rather than camping. One thing I did value though was the 4oz running shoes for the evenings off the bike and the change of cycling gear allowing me to wash one set while wearing the other.
- The S40 has some great capabilities, and can probably do more than I can, but it’s not limitless. I wonder if I’d get over some of those failure points on a day ride without luggage? Perhaps a nice day ride next time based on a few days in one place.
- In a masochistic way, I actually quite like the hills, or I can endure them for the thrill of the descent, so I’d certainly not go looking for the flatlands. What about gearing, I had 12-32 and 52/39/30, so a lowest 30/32 was available. I could have gone down to a 34 perhaps with the current rear mech. I’m not sure it would have given me a lower speed before getting off and walking, just a higher cadence at that stall speed.
- Food, as a type 1 diabetic, carrying snacks is not an indulgence, it’s potentially life saving as a low blood glucose can be serious, however with points 2 and 3 above, I could have cut down on what I carried and used local facilities more. Almost everything I carried was eaten, plus a few things I bought on the way.
- The S40 is very capable of group riding and holds its own well among the uprights, so a repeat of the ROTFR is definitely a potential
- Sunday – Drive up to Oban, about 9 hours or so
- Monday – mooch around Oban, do the distillery tour, take the last ferry to Mull
- Tuesday – Day ride on Mull
- Wednesday – shorter day ride on Mull, visit Mull distillery
- Thursday – Take the early ferry back to Oban, drive down to Campbeltown, visit the distillery, drive back up to Kennacraig, late ferry to Islay
- Friday – Drive around Islay, possibly a day ride to some areas I missed this tie, like the Oa Peninsula, and the Port Ellen distilleries
- Saturday – Islay Half Marathon
- Sunday – Ride of the Falling Rain
- Monday - early ferry back to Kennacraig, and drive back home