Biking Lands End John O Groats Scotland

Wind, rain and midges on the Tongue

Wet and wild in the mists of Scotland
Written by Stuart Wickes
Road to John O Groats past Tongue

Road to John O Groats past Tongue

Wind, rain and midges on the Tongue

Stuart Profile SmallSome days you just know you are not going to make it.

Once you’re cold, tired, wet and hungry and all there is to eat is midges, you know it’s time to stop.

When the boy gives you this look, it’s a big clue.



Slow progress

Today’s ride was from Tongue to Bettyhill. We made just 24.1km in the wind, rain and midges. And worked up the most incredible appetite heading up and down the coastal hills.


Hungry?? Oh YES.

Soggy sagging spirits

It’s the combination that does it. Any one of these on its own we can deal with. Rain? No problem, we handled the Kinross experience. Wind? OK it’s slow but we will get there. Midges? Nasty but they can’t fly as fast as we can ride.

But when you put them all together it really challenges the spirit. We do our best to keep our spirits up, but it’s a challenge.

Wet and wild in the mists of Scotland

Wet and wild in the mists of Scotland

Should we give up?

So we stopped and holed up in a hotel. To wait for a break in the weather. If it comes. I do wonder sometimes if we really need to do the final few days ride. Or maybe we should just go home?

View from Bettyhill

View from Bettyhill. Could this be the break in the weather we need?

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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