My trip back to London was a long day of travel. I caught the bus from John O’Groats at 6:30am and surprised the driver as he said he never picks anyone up at John O’Groats. For the first 20 minutes of the ride I was Nigel No Mates as the only passenger on the bus. It also had nothing to do with me being the smelly person. I did get to have a great chat to the bus driver however.
Then it was 4.5-hour train from Thurso to Inverness and then I had 7 hours transit in Inverness. I didn’t plan the train trip very well as England were playing Colombia in the world cup that night and I only got to watch the first 70 minutes before I had to go and get the train.
I caught the Caledonian Sleeper and had my own little cabin for the 11 hours journey from Inverness to London.
I lay in my cabin and watched the county side flyby especially those parts where the rail line followed along the areas I had walked. The 11-hour trip covered off the distance that had taken me 50+ days to do.
I managed to get some sleep on the train and arrived in London at 7:45am. I was worried about getting on the tube with my backpack at that time of the morning, but the tube wasn’t very crowded. I put this down to the World Cup game the night before going to penalties with England winning, so people had celebrated a lot and were late getting into work.
Well done on finishing your journey to John O’Groats ,that is some achievement,we found west highland way hard and that was only a small fraction of what you walked Andrew,enjoy London,it was a pleasure walking the last couple of hours of west highland way with you into fort William.
All the best from your fellow bubba gump fans xx