After a quite windy night (thank heavens for earplugs) we were up just after 7 and getting ready for the “real” start. The wind was still howling as we had breakfast, went through the van checklist and plan for the day. Soon enough it was goodbye and off en route, me leaving Cath and PJ (the dog) behind to pack up. Today was mainly single track lanes past farms and acres of wild bogs, no hills of note but on particular straight stretch which went on forever. Wind was from south east (oddly) but quite cold until the sun showed its face around lunchtime. Cath met me as arranged around halfway (11 miles) and we had a quick salad and planned the afternoon. At this point I have to say that Cath is fast becoming a legend, mastering Betty (the van) and improving her map reading skills as well as being in charge of food, logistics and pretty much everything else – all I do is walk.
So after lunch more lanes and wind down past Loch Watten, and 5 miles further to the meeting point. In summary a decent day, no pains, 22 more miles and a nice bit of grub at the Brown Trout in Watten. As I write just negotiating an overnight stay on the pub car park.
I have to mention also the Clif energy bar that I tried today – White Macadamia Nut – very tasty and I am not a nut lover, but that gets a big tick!