I guess that it is not too surprising that I woke this morning at 5.00am. As Alan was also up, we decided to make an early start in an attempt to beat the worst of the weather.
I left John O’Groats at 7.15 to run the first 9k to East Mey. This went quite well, apart from the light drizzle, and I met up with Alan and the car at the turn-off.
Having shed my wet gear, I set off for Dunnet Head. I passed the Castle of Mey after another encounter with my bovine friends. I went on through Harrow and reached Scarfskerry. By now the wind had got up and was blowing a good Force 4. I sheltered next to the Baptist Chapel before continuing to Brough.
At this point the rain was really coming down, and with the wind blowing from the north the walk up to Dunnet Head was not the best section of the whole trip. Nevertheless after another hour I arrived at the end of my journey at Dunnet Head at 12.10pm
I went past the lighthouse to the most northerly point and then donned my Sobell House T-shirt for the publicity photos.
Alan has been marvellous all this week. He has always been waiting for me at the end of each day, except when it was my fault at Nybster. He had also cooked each evening which has been a real treat.
We got back to the cottage at 1.45 so I have had time to wash and dry my kit. Alan will bring most of my stuff south when he comes down next week to see Richard and Stuart and their families.
Tomorrow we will start to travel south, and will have a military history day as we are going to Fort George near Inverness. Alan has spent this week supporting me so deserves a day pursuing his interests. I will fly south later tomorrow evening.
I need time to consider all that has happened over the last two years while I have been on my journey. At this point I can only say thank you to all my friends who joined me on the trip and to everyone who has donated to Sobell House. Finally I’d like to thank my sister Katy, who has edited the blog and enhanced and uploaded all my photos throughout Bottom to Top.