Day 13 (16th Sept - Daisy's 30th birthday) Helmsdale to John o'Groats!!!!!!
Daisy's 30th birthday, which made the end to our epic journey even more poignant. Set off in warm sunshine at 9.30am. Long climb out of the town and generally not nearly as flat as we would have liked (as was the case with yesterday). Berriedale Braes reminiscent of Devon (but still not nearly as bad)! Sun went in and was pretty cold and foggy. Headed to Wick for lunch, where Robin was to set to pick up Mum and Dad off their train from Leominster to meet us at the end. With only 17 miles to go until the end, we were a little worried that we would beat our parents to the post! It was a very quick and easy 17 miles so when the car still hadn't passed us 3 miles out of John o'Groats we stopped and waited (for half an hour!). Eventually we rang to find that they were already waiting for us at the end (having gone the wrong way!) At least by this time the sun had come out again! So, after a little delay to our grand finale, we cruised over the finish line! Greeted by parents, uncle, Tooda and Alex. Such a relief! Then had a long and tedious wait for our photo to be taken by a very slow and tiresome man (aka The Seaslug!) under the official signpost, on which you can have your own letters etc to make up your personal message. Had a very comfortable last night with Mr and Mrs Rowe in Thurso, in a lovely castle/farmhouse on the cliffs of Scrabster. Now just the long car journey home to our own beds at last!
Total distance: 55 miles