Last time I posted I was in Spain – well now I’m in the UK so I’m nearly at my final destination Swansea in Wales. To add a bit of a challenge to the final week or so I’ve decided to go from Lands End to John O’groats – the two opposite tips of the British mainland – as a way to end the trip with a small flourish. This may be a bit more of a challenge than I intended as the weather in Scotland is beginning to get very wintery – we will see.
This is how Spain looked as I left:
From Portsmouth I took another quick, but quite rough, ferry ride over to the nearby Isle of Wight, which happens to be where I was born, and also was where I mis-spent lots of my early twenties doing far too much sailing and not enough university work.
From the Isle of Wight it wqas back to the mainland and west to Lands End.
Around about Lands End the weather started to get more “wintry” – all layers and waterproofing now required each day.
As I got further north and approached the scottish borders I started to run into sleet – nasty stuff on a bike because its really hard to keep the visor clear enough to see where you are going!
First stop in Scotland was the “Falkirk Wheel”. This is a bit of canal engineering built in 2005 (ish) to replace 11 traditional locks.
Falkirk is near Edinburgh which in turn is in the lower middle part of Scotland. I stayed there for the night with some old university friends.
When I woke up in the morning this is what I saw out the window:
There was a bit of serious talking to myself before i set off this morning to convince myself it will be OK once I get on the gritted roads, and that I can always turn around if it gets to bad. But is it a good idea to continue on to John O’Groats and can I make it? For the first time in the trip I’m not sure what is the correct answer so I’m going to give it a go anyway. Wait for the next post to see if i make it!