Sunday 30th September 2018
15.2 miles today. 1090.01 miles total.
Sun and rain alternated today, and there are fewer photographs as a result of trying to keep my phone dry for most of the day.
My route today followed the Cycle Network path 1, parallel to Cromarty Firth, above the A9, on a quiet road with good views.
The road went east and turned north and eventually rejoined the A9.
At one point I realised that I have less than 100 miles left to walk, so took a rare selfie.
Before returning the focus to the scenery.
I walked on the grass verge, past the closed-on-Sunday Glenmorangie distillery, over the brow of the hill on the outskirts of Tain, to see Dornoch Forth bathed in sunshine in the distance.
The rain reclaimed the view before I could get my phone out of its plastic bag.
My tent is pitched at the campsite on the south side of the bridge and I’m sitting in the warm laundry room to write this blog. Apparently the train tracks are just the other side of the hedge from my tent. (Update – there’s a whoosh of air and the wheels sound, and are, very close. Quite nerve-wracking!)
There are requests to keep all doors closed because of midges, but I think the wind would have to drop significantly for them to be around in the numbers that met me at Glencoe.
Update at 7pm. While taking advantage of the laundry to provide my self with clean dry clothes tomorrow I met Beatrice, who was wearing a shirt with a Guide logo, and we struck up a conversation (I used to be a ‘Brown Owl’) hat then ranged over many topics.
It’s another example of the kind of chance encounter with someone delightful and interesting that has seasoned this journey and I’m still smiling.