We haven’t been on our bikes today. We have been at the whims of the weather and technical troubles on the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry service.

I mentioned an unscheduled trip to Mull – well it turned out to be rather pleasant. It did, however, throw us off schedule. The reason given was ‘ferry problems’. During our diverted trip to Mull, we enjoyed reasonably calm seas, a lunch of baked potatoes loaded with tuna, oh, and wine (well we are on holiday). The crossing was a mere 45 minutes under drizzly skies that seemed to burst into downpours and cease again just as quickly.

A brief stop on the Isle of Mull

Blazey’s Cafe provided shelter and blueberry and white chocolate muffins until our connecting ferry was ready to take us to our intended destination, Castlebay on Barra.

My blog thins out a little here as the sea swell was strong and the winds high. I watched the horizon shifting like a deranged spirit level and decided to sketch to take my mind from my rising nausea. Big mistake!

While fellow passengers looked to the seas at the passing dolphins, my watery gaze was on the bottom of a sick bag. My abused stomach returned all my holiday treats and I curled up and tried to sleep – it was a long four hours.

The Castlebay Hotel, so close to the ferry port, afforded beautiful views but unfortunately, the spirit of the warmth of some staff was as intermittent as their WiFi. Hey ho! The beds are comfy and the water was hot (for two of the four of us). End of day two … in the morning, the cycling begins!

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