The Belgrave Arms Hotel
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Later start today, altho up early after a longish sleep.
The party were in better mood today as no rain and very little wind whilst tackling Hopeman Golf Course. Some very interesting holes including the signature 12th which was a par three playing from the top of the dunes to the shoreside.
Out with AC and PK and we played pretty inconsistent stuff. Scored better than yesterday and lost less ...
... is magnificent. Had an extremely rough ferry ride back especially where the Atlantic met the North Sea. No none allowed on deck, many ill, not Bob nor I. Dozens of seals riding the waves. Terence said it was the worst crossing he had experienced! Dinner back at Wick- an extremely heavy fog in Wick. Crossed the Churchill barriers which are a series of four causeways, linking the smaller islands with the Orkney mainland. ...
... of Inverness as opposed to Helmsdale, the former being another 90 miles away, the latter 30...Then the A9 hits the Wick round and turns right and the wind is now on my right shoulder - wow I'm now leaning hard to the right to keep my bike on the road.
2 hours and 26 miles since I started so I stop, phone ahead for a hostel in Helmsdale NOT Inverness, then I look for a lunch stop and I strike lucky with a modest looking tearoom, the Laidhay on ...
... by a wall plaque. Just four years after the painting was completed Wick was hit in two air raids, killing 18 people. They are remembered in a memorial garden close to the Black Steps.
I had some time to enjoy the sun awaiting the first of four buses which would return me to Leith at 2245. A most satisfying day.
Distance covered 12.8 miles.
Total distance 644.2 miles
See the route at http://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_2 988814.html ...
... being flagged down and so in a matter of a few minutes I was heading back the way I'd come. Minutes in the bus covered the ground it had taken hours to walk in the morning. However, I was happy with the progress I'd made not only in the previous three days but throughout 2012.
Distance covered today 13.5 miles
Distance covered in 2012 421.7 miles
Total distance covered 616.1 miles