5th July Poolewe to Ullapool

We had hoped to ride to Applecross  today but after the high winds from last night we decided against it. At least until we get a bit more experience of riding in the wind.

Today we got to practice riding in the wind but not to Applecross. Instead we went to Ullapool which is 51 miles of beautiful scenery. We stopped off for a few photos on the way there and back.

The journey in took us about an hour and I only (nearly) dropped the bike once when turning left at a T junction. A bit of a scary moment and a bit of a ball breaker while taking the strain! Not something I want to do too often!

After parking up next to Tesco’s we walked down to the harbour and found a nice place to have a coffee in “The Frigate Cafe/Bistro” http://www.ullapoolcatering.co.uk/

the food looked good and the staff were very friendly. As the sun was shining we sat outside.

After coffee we went into Tesco to buy a few goodies for this evening and then set off back to Poolewe. We are covering for our managers Phillip & Julia tomorrow who are off to a meeting so this means we will be working two full days.

Below are a few pictures from the ride.

     Corrieshalloch Gorge (5)                                         NW Highlands                            NW Highlands (2)                                              Little Loch Broom

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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2 Responses to 5th July Poolewe to Ullapool

  1. team b says:

    we are getting REALLY EXCITED now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Paul Hyett says:

    NICE BIKE!!!
    Yes, it is me the looney with the walking stick – I said WALKING STICK!!!

    Glad you two are still enjoying Poolewe – there’s not much else to do!!!
    I really enjoyed my 10 days, it’s a shame it wasn’t longer. Roll on retirement.

    All the best to you both

    Paul

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