Actual Miles Driven Today - 219
|The Over Night Parking Spot|
The Green Goddess survived the high winds of the night before. I was up early and out to give her her daily wash. I later took some photos of the Hotel and this one shows how it is possible to see the weather changes before they hit you. This one missed us though.
|Rough Weather Passing just off Shore - A Mini Tornado, I am told?|
It was good to get those Salt Stains off of the paintwork. She will need a very good sort out after this pasting.
|Take the Photo and then go.|
After saying my farewells to the guests a breakfast, I was presented with a handsome £20 by one lady.
My first diversion from my planned route today was after just a few miles as I travelled to Buckie via PortKnockie & Findochty with their small harbours
Then I had a run in with a Sleet Storm with the Hood Down. Spey Bay is an unusual River estuary with Rough Terrain and Shingle Dunes forming a Wildlife reserve.
The area is known as the Dolphin Coast, if you have time and Field Glasses to scan the sea.
|Training how to throw a life line|
I did not stay long there but being a Sunday it was very busy. The Car Park was full of Coastguard vehicles.
|Not sure what this team are up to?|
|He was told to get his Legs Down as the Current took him.|
|Cormorants taking the Sun|
There were Training Exercises taking place in three places as the Birds looked on.
|Comfort Break, I think they call it.|
I moved on through empty wooded roads to the lovely town of Lossiemouth
|Footbridge to the Beach|
The sun was shining now making the sandy bay appear magnificent.
|The Beach at Lossiemouth|
Knowing that The RAF had a base there I sought it out for a photo shoot. The gate was the nearest I was able to photograph.
|RAF Lossiemouth near to the Main Gate|
|The Long and Empty Road|
I next went to nearby Kinloss on my way the the Findhorn peninsula where there is another nature reserve at the end of and extensive sandy bay.
Findhorn is also a Sailing centre and the small cafe seconds as a Chandlery and Beachwear Shop. I took the opportunity to buy myself one of those 'Hood Over Neck Warmers' which went on immediately.
There were no more diversions now as I set off to reach Inverness for my first of three Bridge crossings to North Kessock
|Bridge at Inverness|
My route now would take me around the Black Isle all the way down to the town of Cromarty at the head of the Cromarty Firth.
|Mog at Cromarty|
When I met John & Dennis at Whitley bay Dennis warned me about keeping to the speed limits in Scotland.
I have been a very good boy doing just that so on a quiet Sunday the last thing I expected behind me was an unmarked Black Volvo with its Blues flashing.
The young police woman and man quizzed me on what I was doing and showed great interest in my project as the warned me to watch my speed.. I knew I tripped the speed indicator as I came into though a very small village and did slow down. They must have been watching and nabbed me.
The young man's parting suggestion was that every time I am stopped in this way I put £60 in the H4H bucket. So I am in debt it seems. I used the opportunity to put the hood up in another Sleet Storm. It was such a bitterly cold wind that I decided to leave the hood up for the rest of the journey as I was frozen by now.
|Cromarty Bridge in the distance.|
|On the Bridge|
On the way back along the north coast I missed the turning down to the sweeping Cromarty Bridge so had to double back.
Once over the bridge is was a straight run to cross at the Dornock Firth Bridge and head up the A9 to Wick.
|Waiting to Fill Up at Glenmorangie|
I popped into the Glenmorangie Distillery only to find it closed, so took the opportunity for a photo or two.
|Emptying again at Golspie Super Loo.|
I stopped off at the town of Golspie for a coffee and newspaper. I traded the Sunday Times Magazines to a more worthy lady who then donated £2 to the cause.
Here I found on of the cleanest toilets I just had to take a photo.
I stopped in Brora to fill up with fuel, paying my first £1.52 ltr., before blasting all the way north to Wick on more fabulous driving roads, including the HairPin Hill climb here.
I finally arrived at Wick just after 6pm as planned leaving Mog in the Car Park again.
|Not a Happy Moggie in this one.|
More News tomorrow as I head for John O'Groats and then along the top to Durness before going south again to Inchnadamph, my next stopover. http://www.durness.org/
It is Extra Fuel Day needing to fill my 10 litre can, which I am not keen to do, but need must until I can empty it and give it away.