Saturday 7th May 2016 – 1180.84 miles.
Quite a cold start to the morning today. Away by 7am and on the road towards Thurso.
Just after we left Melvich we saw a welcome sight – a signpost saying John o’Groats 37 miles. We are on target to finish our walk on Monday – yay!
We have booked two nights b&b at the Seaview Hotel, John o’Groats in celebration.
We left Sutherland and entered Caithness and we could see the Nuclear Power Development Establishment of Dounreay in the distance.
James Innes stopped his car to give us a donation – thanks James. Shortly after we had a lovely surprise. A car slowed down and pulled over to speak to Dave – I was walking ahead. The window was wound down and a familiar voice said “Hello!”. It was my mum’s youngest brother Chris. He had driven up from Gloucestershire yesterday. So good to see you Chris. We walked on until we could have a proper chat. We said we were due for a break at a village called Reay so arranged to meet him there. It was another 30 minutes walk.
We had arranged to meet Chris at the Forss House Hotel for a cuppa. Just before we got there, a lady stopped her car to speak to us. She had seen us earlier and had bought us an ice cream each and she also gave a cash donation for Macmillan – her name is Deidre and apparently the Dounreay Post Office is still open because Deidre’s family have run it for the last 100 years! We hope it stays open for a long time to come.
We saw Thurso in the distance – a welcome sight, and we arrived at the campsite around 4.30 pm. There was a Lidl over the road – handy!! Supper cooked by Dave – pasta and meatballs in a rich tomato and mushroom sauce with seeded bread rolls and a bottle of Merlot – thanks Dave (and Lidl!)