Sailing and a new friend …

There have been two milestones since the last post: Gavin, Keith and I have just topped 1,000 miles since leaving Portland Bill (Maree and Phil are just shy of 500 since they joined us in Dumfries) and we have run out of mainland.

Island in Loch Eriboll between Durness & Tongue

We are boarded and ready to cross the Pentland Firth from Scrabster on the Scottish mainland to Stromness on the Orkney Isles. It’s looking a bit choppy so could be interesting. The forecast for today is strong wind but dry, with rain and more wind coming in overnight, so our plans for the next few days are necessarily fluid.

Yesterday’s 45 mile ride from Tongue to Scrabster was a battle against the wind, strength sapping and soul destroying, we even had to pedal some of the downhills! The scenery along the North coast changed gradually from wild, heather covered moorland to sheep and cattle filled pastures and the last vestiges of this year’s cereal harvest as we got into Caithness. The now disused Dounreay nuclear power station stands out, and will apparently take to 2025 to be fully decommissioned.

North Coast between Tongue and Bettyhill

Live reporting; now underway, we have just passed Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland G.B. Plain sailing so far, but the open sea awaits. The heavy goods vehicles were being secured to the vehicle deck with industrial grade chains as we wheeled the bikes on, something none of us have witnessed before.

Making friends with a local.

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