Log No 114. Wed 28th Aug 2013 - Barcaldine to Gallanachmore, Oban, 18 miles (1779 miles walked)A dry night for a change but it was a damp start to another day of road walking with the odd bit of cycleway.
At least I can predict how long it is going to take me to cover the 18 miles to the campsite at Gallanachmore, just south of Oban.
Leaving Barcaldine it was back to dodging traffic on the main road so I was quite pleased to be making a small detour after an hour and getting onto minor roads.
I was intending taking a break at Barcaldine Castle, sure that I could find somewhere to sit among the ruins but when I got there found it was inhabited and used as a B&B and there was nowhere to sit.
The weather had dried up now but there was no sign of the sun coming out.
I had to wait until I was back on the main road at Benderloch before I found a bench to sit on and rest my ankles.
The coastline from Connel Bridge
It was only a short stretch on the road as I was able to pick up a cycleway/footpath from Ledaig to North Connel before rejoining it at Connel Bridge to cross over Loch Etive.
Staying on the road I got to Dunbeg at 12.00 and found a seat to take only my second break of the day.
There was a cycleway from Dunbeg through some small hills to Ganavan, a sign at the start warned of steep gradients, there were 2 or 3 but they were only short.
From Ganavan it was a minor road right along the coast into Oban.
Looking back to Oban
As I was walking along the sea front in Oban this chap said "Hello again", I couldn't remember but he said we had spoken back in Tarbet.
I spent an hour in Oban getting stocked up for the next 3 days, I don't think I'll be passing any food shops for a while so I had better be prepared.
The campsite was just a couple of miles south of Oban along the coast road, passing the passenger ferry to Kerrera and the few houses at Gallanachbeg.
The phone signal at the campsite is not good enough to update the website though I was able to phone Sandra by going up a small hill.
My Achilles were not too bad at all today but tomorrow sees me doing some path-less cross country walking so we'll see how well they stabd up to that.