Bettyhill to John O’Groats 84km
The day started with bright sunshine. It was definitely a sunglasses and sun cream morning.
The country here is wild moorland when you get up the hills and the day started with a few big ones
The road would descend to some lovely coastline
It was a cold morning with a very gentle wind. It may look inviting but it was far too cold for shorts.
The landscape slowly changed as we travelled Eastwards from wild and hilly to cultivated and gentle. The rock type changed to a sedimentary type. On the left hand side of the road was this wall made from many stone pieces.
On the right hand side of the road at exactly the same place was this wall made from just a few pieces of stone
The day slowly lost the blue sky
Looking out to Orkney and rain clouds
I hadn’t realised just how close the islands of Orkney are to the mainland.
We passed Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the UK mainland. (We didn’t take the nine mile detour to visit)
The road straightened out
The wind increased. Last night on the TV they were talking about ‘northerly gales developing’. We caught the start of them. At times I was in bottom gear on a level road heading straight into the biting cold North wind.
The last few miles were slow. In the end there was just no more land and we had arrived.
I was astonished that we had spent twenty one days cycling and had accomplished our plan. 1,035 miles, dozens of hills, numerous left and right hand turns, roundabouts, ferries, bridges, flyovers and underpasses. Time to make our way home now replete with hundreds of wonderful memories and experiences.
If you have ever thought of going on a long cycle trip I encourage you, don’t put it off any longer. Just go and do it soon.