DAY 12 – A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

Fort Augustus to Dornoch (79.2 miles)

Blimey,  I’m at Dornoch Castle Hotel, which is 80 miles south of John O’Groats.

I’ve just finished another 79-miler, which means my running total is now…839.6 miles covered. That’s not bad going for a 43 year old who should really know better.

Had a great night in Fort Augustus, starting with the meal at the Bothy, which I revisited after about 12 years, Sadly the Cullen Skink wasn’t on, but the meal I had was great.

At breakfast I met Sylvia and Doug, who are part of the support team for the Tandem Gang. Had a really good chat before setting off, and they offered their help, if needed. Very nice folk!

After a very filling breakfast of porridge and then salmon and scrambled eggs, I managed to make an earlyish start, and was turning pedals for around 9:20am. So much so, that before I realised, I was at Urquhart Castle on the side of Loch Ness, watching the coaches pull in and tip out all the tourists.

URQUHART CASTLE AND NESSIE IN THE BACKGROUND

Up the Loch to Inverness, past the home of “Cally Thistle” and onto the dreaded A9 over the bridge. Where, mid-bridge, I suffered a slow puncture AND my saddlebag fell off and squashed todays bananas!

THE RIVER NESS, TAKEN WHILST IN A BRIEF TRAFFIC JAM!

I made it across to the Tourist Info office, where I repaired and got back up and running. I also ducked off the A9 and onto the Cycle Route 1, which took a much nicer route.

On to a cracker of a downhill to Cromarty Firth, where, mid-bridge, I got yet another puncture. Whilst repairing, the Tandem Gang went by, shouting best wishes & encouragement. They’re due in Dornoch also, and JOG tomorrow, like me, so I’m anticipating more such meetings.

CROMARTY FIRTH BRIDGE – WHAT A PLACE FOR A PUNCTURE!

It was a race to Dornoch after that, as I was chased by rain, which I kept ahead of until 18 miles from Dornoch. Then it rained, as well as it does in Scotland. And I got very wet. But I don’t care because it’s my last day tomorrow!

Remember – all this is for Millies Trust and Climb, so please check out what they do, and why I’m looking for donations.

This one’s out of the way early today, so I’m off to get some fine Scottish scran, in readiness for another earlyish start. My aim is to be at JOG (John O’Groats) for around 5pm tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

Cheers all,

Chris

12th September 2013

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