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Wednesday 8th June.
I have now cycled as far as Glasgow. It was a bit challenging in the north of Scotland, with some very hilly country and something of a headwind the first two days. It was also (for a resident of Australia) extraordinarily cold. From Betty Hill conditions improved with sunshine and a strong tailwind through to Lairg. The ride along the Great Glen Way from Drumnadrochit to Fort William was magical – mostly level cycle ways along the lochs and beside the Caledonian Canal. The next day – up the Glencoe pass and over Rannoch Moor to Tyndrum tested my muscles but the spectacular scenery made up for the pain.
Two supporters in the middle of Rannoch Moor waiting for the bus. Bloke on the left (can’t find his name so far!) gave me a couple of bottles of energy drink (many thanks!). Fellow on the right appeared at a pub down the road a couple of hours later where he and his wife gave the campaign a donation (thank you too!)
It’s fortunately been much easier since then. Downhill to Loch Lomond and then to the Peace Camp at Faslane. The next day – yesterday (Tuesday) – took me to Glasgow.
To be honest, much of the focus has been on the physical travelling with not too much dialogue on new technologies for peace. I have, though, met a number of nice people and explained and discussed the various ideas.
One good focus on peace issues was my visit to the Peace Camp at Faslane, where protestors against the nuclear submarine base have been camped for some 38 years. I have a huge admiration for the protestors who been there for such a length of time. The young people I met would not have been born when the camp first started. The magnificent scenery I passed through in journeying to Faslane made me think about what would happen if a nuclear missile landed on Faslane (which is very probably targeted). Loch Lomond would be radioactive for many years – and that’s not to mention the death and destruction in Glasgow and around. Nuclear missiles from the Faslane submarines would cause similar damage to scenic areas, cities and people in the ‘enemy’ countries where they landed.
New nonlethal approaches to international security would make the idea of a nuclear ‘deterrent’ even more farcical.
Internet and even mobile phone coverage in the Highlands was patchy – which has been my excuse for not updating the blog more often.
Now, in more habited areas there should be much less excuse…
I plan to add many more photos and update the thank yous (quite a few people to thank) as well as providing more detail.