No interenet last night, so once again doing this from memory!
Not a great day as we’re discovering that the Scottish miles are longer than ours, and what should have been a 19.5 mile walk was actually 20.5. Quite a tuffy for me as my longest so far and in a mizzly rain all the way. Needless to say that everything was beautiful even so.
The teraine and scenery has changed dramatically since entering the Ross and Cromarty county. We now have beautifully laid out fields for crops and animals, with lovely neat fencing. No more stone walls:( and the villages are starting to look bigger, with more inhabitants.
Our Bed and Breakfast was good though we did have to go out for dinner, which with my sore feet was a further challenge. Good old Al helped me along though 🙂 lovely dinner and an earlyish night followed by a late-ish breakfast that brought some lovely company. 2 local lads from Aylesbury area and cycling to Afica! and they were impressed by us!! Take a look at their blog www.thatbikeride.wordpress.com Lovely couple of lads raising money for the ME charity; so we had a chat and I gave them the Lightning Process information and really hope their friends decide to get in touch with a practitioner and regain their health like me :0 🙂
Then the lady of the house came over and gave us both a £5 note for our charities, and said she had Parkinsons and was totally impressed by what we were all doing and yes: I welled up again – what did you expect from me. Human suffering of this kind really does break my heart. I wish her well and truly hope she maintains the levels she is currently achieving with the medication she is now on.
So off to Conon Bridge with a mild and slightly foggy beginning, which opened up into a fabulously sunny and bright day. Really impressed with my walking today as I was up to 16.5 minutes per mile! All good training for the big one coming up!!! average of 18.5 but that doesn’t include breaks. Tomorrow we are going to time it including breaks to ensure we are fully on track. We arrived at the Conon Bridge hotel at 4.45 to discover a welcome bath. Rinsed out some bits and get my feet ready for the 20 miler tomorrow ahead of our rest day – woo hoo!!
The scenery today was beautiful and further changing. We crossed the Cromarty Firth which was stunning and so much safer than I imagined -Whew. The villages are now starting to look like small towns with Social Services offices, Libraries and sports centres!!
We have covered approximately 115 miles now and the changes have been dramatic yet constantly beautiful. All in all this has been a tiring and amazing week. I have and still am enjoying every minute and really hope to master the pictures on our rest day. Meanwhile Al has a spledid showing so do take a look at his blog
Dinner now and a wee tipple me thinks, so ta ra for now
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