Planned kilometres: 27 (cummulative 1748)
Kilometres walked: 29 (cummulative 1819)
% Completed: 100.0%
Pubs visited: Seaview Hotel
Pints: 2 (cummulative 214)
Kms per pint: 8.5
Blisters: 0 (cummulative 4)
Wick to John O’Groats
I made it!!!!!!
I was up very early this morning as I forgot to close 2 of the blinds in my hotel room and as Sunrise was 4:09am (sunset is 10:21pm), I woke up just after this with sun streaming through the window. The body seemed to be up for today’s walk as yesterday’s sore muscles weren’t evident or I was still half asleep. I was fairly wired as it was my last day walking so after completing my blog for day 77 it was around 6am. As breakfast at the B&B wasn’t until 8am so I decided to forgo breakfast and get on the road very early.
Scotland had turned on another brilliant day – sunny with a few clouds and some breeze.
Today’s walk was completely along the A99 and so the landscape was the main sight for today.
At the end of the walk I could see John O’Groats (JOG) and walked town welcome sign, but it was a couple of miles until the JOG sign. Those last few miles seemed to take forever or it may have just been going slower.
When I arrived at the John O’Groats sign I had mixed emotions. I was very happy to have completed the challenge I had set myself, but a bit disappointed that my big adventure was now over.
I had to wait in line with a lot of other tourists for my photo in front of the sign and after taking some photos of other tourists it was my turn.
After getting my photo taken I was at a bit of a lost end, so decided to go to the cafe for a drink and lunch. In the cafe I meet a cyclist who had just completed his Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) ride and he joined me at my table for a chat. This sort of closed out the trip with a bit of symmetry as when I started at Land’s End I joined a cyclist at his table who had just completed his John O’Groats to Land End (JOGLE) ride.
I went and checked into my hotel when was back up the street, so I could get rid of my backpack. I then had an explore of the port and shops. Even New Zealand got a mention.
The smallest brewery in the world?
I then went to the hotel bar for a couple of beers.
Tomorrow is another early start as I have a 6:45am bus to Thurso, 4-hour train to Inverness (7-hour stopover to go shopping/watch England in world cup) before catching 11-hour sleeper train to London. I will have plenty of time to think on the train so will blog my final thoughts on my trip in the next couple of days when I have time to think about the whole experience.