Writing this blog has been put off for as long as possible because it feels so final, it’s been a rollercoaster of an adventure we’re going to feel very lost without it!
With 16.5 miles left to go, we were dropped off for the final time just outside Culbokie.
We planned to follow the John o’ Groats Trail, but southbound this time. However we’d managed to set off without the map so we wandered about a bit and thankfully found the first marker!
We made our way through the forestry tracks and along the roads to reach Munlochy where we patched up our feet and bought some ice cream!
From here we joined the cycle route and we walked along in the sunshine. We stopped for a while, listening to the wheat popping in the field.
It wasn’t long before we met Kevin and Ross who’d brought us our lunch. Setting off again we had a tricky few hundred metres on the A9 which we successfully navigated before ending up back on the cycle path. Crossing the Kessock Bridge we had amazing views!
From here it was back onto the cycle track and the last 2 miles were a huge struggle. It was hot walking along the pavement, with very little shade but we didn’t feel we could stop for water because the chances of us getting started again were very slim!
Following the signs for the Castle through Inverness we finally reached it! After a few photos we collapsed onto the grass, enjoying the sunshine. We chatted to lots of people, including a group of cyclists we’d seen in Kinlochewe before we headed for home.
Arriving home at 9.45pm we were completely and utterly exhausted, but a lovely surprise from Wendy and her grandsons was waiting for us! It may have been a day later than planned, and with might have had to cancel both our scheduled rest days cancelled but we’d done it!!
We still can’t really believe we’ve done it (nearly a week on) but what we do know is that we are so so grateful for all the support we have received. From our support crew (Wendy, Phil, Mary, Wullie, Kevin, Roger, Judy and Ross), to those who came to see us, to everyone who sent donations or messages of support, to the lovely and very generous people we met on our journey, it’s people who’ve made this adventure so special.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all. We truly couldn’t have done it without you.
In August 2019 we're walking 500 miles round the North Coast of Scotland in memory of Kevin Kerr, raising money for MND Scotland, Marie Curie & SITraN
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