Janet’s J.O.G.L.E. Diary
Day 1 19th April 2013 John O’Groats to Castletown
Gerry had lots of John moments. Posted cards to relations, Mary and Jean, then the sun came out. Wind in our faces all the way back. Rescued sheep stuck in fence at Canisby. Bought and ate Orkney fudge. Hard but good ride back on NCN1, lunch stop at Castlehill Harbour in the sunshine.
Log: 24,69km Trip 48,45km Time 3:12:51 Av.speed 15,07kph
Day 2 20th April 2013 Castletown to Strathy Inn
Hard windblown slog – very tempting to get back on train at Thurso (Nice little town though) Hard undulating ride in wind. Computer lead broken and no replacement until Inverness! Picnic lunch in Reay by village shop. Walked a bit up hills. Shoulder ache again. Excellent meal at Strathy Inn plus beer from Orkney Brewery and Cairngorms. Very friendly people – £5 donation from a customer (Kevin) for charity. WiFi good. Forecast not good for tomorrow.
Log: 68,22kms Trip: 44.02kms Time: 3:44:17 Av.speed: 11,77kph
Day 3 21st April 2013 Strathy to Tongue
Very windy all day but mostly dry – couple of freezing showers. Stunning scenery – Again, I had to of walk up some hills. Met another LEJOG lady walking up towards us – doing very well – 1 day to go. Impressed by beaches on North coast. Lost 60p in phone box trying to book SYHA at Tongue. – arrived 1600 but we’re in – 2 other hostellers. Cooked up curries – nice manager called Kristin.
Log: 104,25kms Trip: 35,53kms Time: 3:47:41 Av.speed: 9,36kph
Day 4 22nd April 2013 Tongue
No cycling more cyclones!!
Kristin gave lift to village, coffee and beer in Hotel. Walk back and shopped. Re-credited Virgin phone. Text to and from friends Carole & Keith. Motor biker from Cornwall in tonight. Weather forecast not at all promising. Downloaded photos etc. on Kristin’s computer. Washing done.
Day 5 23rd April 2013 Tongue
Very windy again – still in Tongue but took a luggage free trip to village (4kms) WiFi in hotel and beer. Afternoon nap. Kristin asked us to move rooms – helped prepare our old room. 10 people in tonight. Motorcyclist took trip out and back. Couple bus travelling from Brottie Ferry, 3 girls in a car and another couple. . Prunes and custard and steak and kidney pie!!
Found good cheese “crowdie”.
Poem on the packing:
From far and away they came.
They travelled at night, battling through wind and rain
Wary of the moonlight,
Foregoing the highways.
Their road was never easy, but they came with glee.
Their gait told its own story
Why were they here, those small, grey but happy creatures?