Despite telling anyone and everyone we were going to get up really early and start walking at stupid o’clock we decided that after yesterday’s disaster resulted in a much later night than anticipated, we probably needed to make sleep our priority. We had a lie in until 7.30am before getting up and attempting to get ourselves ready (not an easy task when you have piles of boxes and bags and no clue where anything is!). Wandering down to Corner on the Square in Beauly we intended to get some breakfast to eat in the car on the way to our start point, however we were won over by the menu and the lovely staff and decided to sit down and have a proper breakfast which was probably the best decision of the day!
Fully fuelled we arrived at the drop off point and Kate, Olivia and Sue set off in the pouring rain with the plan to meet Wendy and Phil in Culbokie for some lunch.
The lessons from yesterday had definitely been learnt and despite having to ask someone for directions (only once!), we successfully navigated to the meeting place where judging by the dogs’ reactions you’d have thought we’d been away for 3 weeks!
Along the way we stopped by A Clootie Well which was a surreal experience - people believe that soaking a piece of cloth in the well and tying it to a nearby tree will cause sickness/ailments to fade as the rag disintegrates.
Lunch was a roll in the car from Corner on the Square which was just what we needed (although not as much as we needed to sit down!) before we headed off again.
We crossed the bridge spanning the Cromarty Firth, spotting lots of birds and a couple of seals and then it was time to say goodbye to Sue. We are so grateful to her for coming to support us! Phil took her place as chief motivator and off we went again.
Soon we crossed some train tracks which Kevin would have loved - he found trains fascinating and this was something we loved to tease him about! After this it was mainly road walking which began to take its toll although we still kept up a good pace.
The final few miles were incredibly tough, with long, straight stretches of road which seemed to last 500 miles themselves!
We kept ourselves going by playing games and chatting and eventually we made it to our finish point in Alness.
Compared to yesterday, today was significantly wetter but infinitely better and a much needed morale boost. Although last night’s blog post was fairly light-hearted we were seriously questioning ourselves and why we ever thought we could do this. Today has brought us some hope, but the real test will come tomorrow morning when we will find out if we actually have the ability to make it out of bed!