Walk Day 110 – Wick to Keiss

Thursday 10th October 2018

8.41 miles today. 1175.10 miles total.

Mist, rain showers, low cloud and southerly winds were my companions on the road today. What a contrast to yesterday.

I started at Caithness Hospital bus stop, which meant overlapping a bit with yesterday, and set out following the road signs which now all show John O’Groats as a destination.

It was encouraging and motivating to see the numbers come down at each junction.

17 miles to go. The house below epitomized many of the points I’d been noticing about Scottish architecture, even down to the shade of red paint. I just love the tower.

A rare Gaelic sign for this area.

Goodbye to Wick. 16 miles to go.

These goats were in a front garden, beautifully groomed and they all had collars. As I approached they bleated for attention.

13 miles to go.

“I can see the sea!”

There were occasional signs of the North Sea oil and gas industry, including this notice,  ‘Sea to Shore’ at the start of an industrial area where the underwater oil pipeline comes ashore. Oil field Beatrice is visible from all points on the east coast from Dornoch northwards. The oil rigs are accompanied by offshore wind turbines.

11 miles to go.

My view of Keiss through the mist.

Keiss Beach doesn’t look too appealing today.

I’ve arrived just ahead of more squally showers and it is definitely much more pleasant to be indoors and watching it through the window. However, I’ve been enjoying these last few miles, despite the weather.

My ear-worm for today was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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