Friday, 16 September 2011

Day 48 - Dunbeath to Lybster (7 + 5 miles)

The mileage is strange today because I am staying in Lybster tonight but tomorrow, the final day, I start 26.2 miles from John O'Groats. That is a further 5 miles from Lybster so I have checked in to the rather posh Portland Arms, unloaded the backpack, slipped on some warmer clothes (it's very windy up here!), and competed the extra 5 miles without the extra backpack weight.

I'm actually nervous (as I am for any long run), but I'm also nervous because after tomorrow my life has to revert back to what it was. It's going to be a challenge.

Today the wind whipped across the North Sea, and churned the sea into a foam. The foam then blew up the cliffs, and was scattered again by the high winds. It gave the effect of a child's bubble making toy. Bubbles and foam flew all about me. Then a fighter plan roared overhead. I felt like I was at a carnival!

Sue is a lady I spoke to yesterday about her son that was cycling LEJOG. her family all together in a car today stopped as they were leaving the north. They stopped just to say well done and good luck. That's been the general spirit of this trip. It's been amazing because of the people I've met. My faith in humanity has been restored.

So it is with mixed emotions that I go into the last day. Excitement to be getting to the finish line, but sadness because I don't want it to end. Maybe I could detour, make my way west to the most North Westerly point of Scotland then travel to the South Eastern point of England... or maybe not. No, my journey ends tomorrow with a flourish. I'll obviously be doing a final blog tomorrow.

I will say now though that this has been a life changing experience. It's been more than I ever imagined it would be. More highs and lows than a roller coaster ride and much more fun than any coaster I have been on, and I've been on a few.

Until tomorrow, ciao.


  1. Well Daimon childs play today I don't know, blowing bubbles, frolicking in the foam of the sea, R.A.F. flypast to salute you, What next? It doesn't hurt to let the child in you out now and again, quite exciting really.You've still got tomorrow to contend with yet. Yes I'm sure you're nervous, but remember "KEEP RIGHT ON TO THE END OF THE ROAD" as the song says. You have come a long way not only in mind, body and spirit, but you are the richer for it, in the sights you have seen and the people you have met that have restored your faith in human nature. I'll be sad tomorrow because i'll have nothing to read each night but will be overjoyed at your accomplishment.Still beside you and awaiting your next adventure........NOT YET!!!!!!

  2. Hi what a wonderful place to be, nervous, excited, sad, just do a replay of what you have achieved, it really is fantastic, two of your bruv"s are on their way to greet you, they, and ALL your followers are excited and will be with you right to the end.JOG,,,,,BRING IT ON. A little something to ponder over....The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be the BEGINNING!!!!!!!!!WELL!!!!!!!, ENJOY TOMORROW, HAPPY "POUNDING"

  3. Wonderfull blog and wish you all the very best of luck glad its your last day so go for it and enjoy every moment. Cindy, Bill & Phill