Friday, 14 September 2012
Of mice and men.....
I'd mentioned in the last post that I was going away for the weekend. The plan was that mr combo, Gareth, and I were going for a camping trip to Applecross (see previous trip report). It was partly that we were offered free breakfasts to entice us to visit at what is the beginning of the end of the 'season', and also Gareth wanted a run on his new bike to see how well it 'toured.'
I'd packed my luggage yesterday, but was starting to get concerned as the weather was getting progressively worse. You expect rain at this time of year, but it was the very strong wind that was causing problems. As Friday is 'bin day' where I live, my neighbours had put their bins out on Thursday night, and before long the street was full of wheely bins running amok! I checked the BBC Weather website and found this for the Bealach na Bá:
The black dot with the arrow and '51' inside it represents windspeed in mph (that's c.80 km/h!) Bearing in mind the problems I had riding in the wind on our last trip, things weren't looking good.
mr combo phoned me early this morning to say that he's heard a report on the radio that various bridges in the Highlands were closed due to high wind, and windspeeds of over 60 mph (100 km/h) had been recorded. This was the point where we decided to abandon the trip!
It had gone from being 'a nice trip with the possibility of poor weather', to 'a miserable trip in windy conditions with a fair chance of being blown off the road on some of the exposed bits'.
It was a shame as I was looking forward to the trip, and it would have been the first time I'd have camped for at least 2 or 3 years, but it had passed from being 'daring' to 'foolhardy.'
Oh well, it'll still be there next year!