Weather: ☁️ then 🌥
Feeling Today: 👍
When I was planning the walk I was expecting this to be the least pleasant (or most unpleasant?) day of walking. Twenty miles on the A9 without anywhere to stop for a coffee or beer on the way and only occasional respite in the form of a short length of pavement or the route of the adjoining old road. An American chap is trying to create a path from JOG to Inverness along the coast edge (www.jogt.org.uk) but it’s early days and today’s stretch of this developing path is still too hardcore for me – wading streams, scrambling ravines, hurdling walls and barbed wire fences etc. So instead I stuck with a hard slog and walked at pace along the road, c17 minutes per mile.
I could have done with more of this …
Most drivers are considerate and pull out to give you room if they can. Those that do get an acknowledgement from me, ranging from a downward open palm for little effort to an upright waving hand, possibly with a smile, for those going onto the opposite carriage way. Signalling to pull out is also helpful to us walkers as it shows the oncoming driver’s awake and is taking positive action, as well as indicating that there isn’t traffic coming from behind you. From my unscientific survey, I’m afraid most of the inconsiderate drivers are women or fat, older men. They’re already way past me by the time I’ve finished abusing them. Van and lorry drivers are generally good which I guess they should be, as professional drivers.
The climbs into and out of the Berriedale Basin would be more fun in a fast car. (Jolly Boys note).