I have no new images to share, and as we’re under lock down, there might not be many new ones for a while – so I’ve been dredging through the archives and found these shots from May 1988.
I made a cycling tour in the North West of Scotland with my Raleigh Royal touring bike, staying in youth hostels. The camera used was , I think, an Olympus XA and the film was some kind of Agfa slide film, which seems very grainy by todays standards. My photographic skills in those days were rudimentary to say the least so there’s not many of the images worth sharing, but these two bring back specific memories for me.
The shot above was taken while a took a breather from pushing the bike up a very steep track that climbs above Loch Broom, until it descends to Little Loch Broom. In those days there was a ferry (about 10 feet long) that took passengers, and the occasional cycle, from Ullapool (the town in the distance) to a hotel / restaurant on the other side of the loch, from which this track began.
A few days later, this buckled wheel marked the end of my cycle tour. I’d set off across Rannoch Moor, on what is now the route of the West Highland Way. The front wheel got caught between two stones on the track. I had to stand on the wheel rims to get them straight enough to allow some kind of forward motion. Fortunately I wasn’t too far from the A82 and I was able to cycle as far as Bridge of Orchy and get the train home.