The Torch relay powered out of the central belt heading North, and the Citizen Relay bus was alongside – and occasionally in front of – the hoopla. Today’s Storify contains a fascinating blog by Ruth Leith – a torchbearer this morning in Luss – that gives a real insight into the confusion and energy at the heart of the event.

#citizenrelay Day 3 – Glasgow to Inverness via Fort William

The team covered a lot of ground today heading all the way up to Inverness and covering everything in between

Storified by Gerry M · Sat, Jun 09 2012 18:05:09

Nice to open on a positive note

Good luck to @CitizenRelay crew today #citizenrelay as they hit the ‘low’ road again in that cool bus…… I want one!!! #MTnewsnetJohn Coster
In Luss, tracksuit on, waiting to check in. #TorchrelayScotland #CitizenRelayRuth Leith
@RuthLeith how exciting Ruth, I think you are first torchbearer to tweet with #citizenrelayJennifer Jones

Clydebank – a good turnout

#citizenrelay Clydebank has a big turnout http://instagr.am/p/LpUEezJE2m/Gerry M
Olympic torch comes to Clydebank Scotlanddouglasbaird
Content from Clydebank Olympic TorchClydebank 09 Jun 2012
#citizenrelay father takes pics of torch bearer son in Clydebank https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ASExzPUm_w&feature=youtube_gdata_playerGerry M
#citizenrelay in Clydebank with a far-travelled torch bearer’s familyAn Audioboo by gerrym
Happy times Clydebank`s Olympic days #followtorch #citizenrelay http://pic.twitter.com/GSJVSrQhBAIRDS TRAVEL
#olympictorch passing through Drymen Road, Bearsden. #olympicTorchscotland #citizenrelay http://twitvid.com/U8JDHKenny Munro

Meanwhile – on the bus

Fort William and Inverness today #citizenrelayCameron King

Luss – small, but perfectly gridlocked

#citizenrelay peaceful, quiet Luss http://instagr.am/p/LpgadSpE6e/Gerry M
#citizenrelay John in LussGerryMVideo
#citizenrelay in Luss with Euna and SarahAn Audioboo by gerrym

Fort William

Ank from Holland who is travelling ahead of the Torch on holiday #citizenrelayAn Audioboo by jennifermjones
Gav has travelled down from Inverness & talks about lack of engagement #citizenrelayAn Audioboo by jennifermjones
We are on the move to find wifi, chatting to @cameronking #citizenrelayAn Audioboo by jennifermjones

UWS Torchbearer Ruth gets back online

Well that was surreal, only just got my phone back so haven’t been able to read all messages, but thanks for the good vibes! #CitizenRelayRuth

Team Bus

Celebrations in place at Spean Bridge #citizenrelayAn Audioboo by cameronking
@gmp01 @cameronking not much response in terms of people caring about the torch but at least we are out in the wild #citizenrelayJennifer Jones
Celebrations in place at Spean Bridge #citizenrelayAn Audioboo by cameronking
#citizenrelay bus is en route to Inverness @ Laggan http://instagr.am/p/Lp1wlcxuHk/Katharine Pollock

Meanwhile, in Edinburgh

#citizenrelay reporters talking about the giant Olympic rings on the MoundAn Audioboo by Batanasova
#CitizenRelay Interview in Princes St Gardens, Edinburghpolysemictimes
Spent afternoon uploading content generated yesterday and today to http://www.citizenrelay.net #citizenrelay. In awe of our fantastic volunteersDavid McGillivray

Branding ahoy

There is no London 2012 branding in Inverness. Coca-Cola is *everywhere* #citizenrelayCameron King
First spotting of ‘other’ media all day! #citizenrelay http://instagr.am/p/LqU27MkD1I/Jennifer Jones
#citizenrelay team have succumb to samsung’s mass marketing ploy. http://pic.twitter.com/DaLw4TI4Katharine Pollock

Citizen/Torch/Relay Crossover – Ruth blogs on the experience of torchbearing

Back home, exhausted after a surreal and crazy day. Will write up a wee blog later. #citizenrelay #olympictorchscotlandRuth Leith
@RuthLeith well done Ruth. Be the first Torchbearer to write a piece for #citizenrelay!David McGillivray
Ruth then blogged on the madness involved at the eye of the relay. It’s a fantastic insight into the relay machine and how it affects the people very visibly at the centre of the event:
I wrote up a piece on today’s Torch madness for my blog. Yes, I have a blog. http://wp.me/pmtvL-7S #citizenrelayRuth Leith

Inverness

24 hours ago we were in Giffnock. Now we’re almost in Inverness. Crazy! #citizenrelayKatharine Pollock
Just arrived in Inverness…strange to think I was here at 7 am yesterday morning. Love being on the road! #citizenrelay #roadtripGillian Lambie
Waiting for the Olympic Torch in Inverness… #citizenrelaykarillaig3

Meta – end of day analysis

We are reflecting on the day. How the online/offline collide! #citizenrelayAn Audioboo by jennifermjones



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