Sunday, 8 July 2012
Written Saturday night at Cluanie Inn
A few weeks ago I was due to go to Glasgow and the A9 was closed due to an accident so I went down the A82 West Coast route instead. Today instead of sailing from Skye on Monday we decided to bring the sailing forward to Sunday and after a walk round Keswick we set off for a hotel in Spean Bridge. Unfortunately there were no rooms available so we just carried on and ended up here at the Cluanie Inn in the middle of absolutely nowhere but only XXX miles from the ferry on Skye giving us an easy day tomorrow.
When we were on the M8 coming out of Glasgow three very large ambulances (much larger than normal emergency ambulances) came past us in convoy and went over the Erskine Bridge and up the Dumbarton Road. It looked ominous because that was our route. When got to Balloch on the A82 we saw an overhead road sign saying that the A82 was closed at Luss and advising the use of an alternative route. We decided that this could be a very long closure if those ambulances were indeed headed that way so decided to take a detour via Helensburgh and ArdXXXX to Tarbert. From ArdXXX to Tarbert is 2 miles but despite all the traffic in from of us going that way the Police officer directed me the other way. So we arrived here via Inverery and a total of 2 hour detour. Instead of 260 miles today I’ve driven XXX on top of the XXX yesterday. The odd thing is that I don’t feel tired.
What is even more odd is that we’ve not been able to pick up any traffic reports on Radio Scotland this afternoon and there’s been no mention of the road closure on the News (the A9 closure made the national radio and TV news). We have no internet and no phone signal sufficient to get the internet. We are in an information desert.