The Ballad of Inveraray Gaol

“I never travel without Jim Campbell’s blog. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” – (appropriate apologies to Oscar Wilde)

Inveraray Jail was built in 1819 and was a courthouse and prison which was used from 1820 to 1889. It had a capacity of 12 prisoners who were not allowed to fraternise, the idea that they could reflect upon their crimes in solitary conditions.

Apparently it’s now a very jolly living museum with actors acting out the trials and lives of the prisoners that were incarcerated there…

Shame we don’t have longer to be able to visit!

Today’s inspirational quotation…

“Living easy, living free
Season ticket on a one-way ride
Asking nothing, leave me be
Taking everything in my stride
Don’t need reason, don’t need rhyme
Ain’t nothing I would rather do…

…No stop signs, speed limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down
Like a wheel, gonna spin it
Nobody’s gonna mess me around” – Highway to Hell AC/DC

Today’s quote is dedicated to the A76, a horrible road to cycle and one which put a dampener on everyone’s day yesterday.

Some of the team witnessed a fatal accident as they arrived in Kilmarnock and arrived very shocked, others like me struggled with the wind and the road surface.

Still that was yesterday and today is different we passed 600 miles just after leaving!

Shut up legs!

“When my legs hurt, I say: “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!” – Jens Voigt

Today’s quote comes from Jens Voigt. He once rode part of the 2010 Tour de France on a child’s bike (he crashed and had to borrow a boys road bike from a spectator to catch up with his team car). He is a living legend and here is a picture of me with him – what a guy!

Shut up legs is appropriate because we have been booting it down the A76, my rear wheel is making some alarming noises and if I get to the bike shop by 3.30 they will true the wheel for me….do NOT want to break a spike in the highlands.

Jens’s autobiography is very entertaining – highly recommended!

Also below is a picture of me and Olympic Gold Medal (team pursuit) winner Owain Doul. Just to shut any critics up who said I’d never wear get an Olympic gold medal around my neck – the picture is there for all to see!