Waking to the sound of people I remember immediately that I'm in the hostel. I can also hear the rain against the window and so I roll over and try to forget the world for another hour or so.
Finally admitting defeat I get up and get dressed to go and make a brew to take back to bed. It's raining.
Last night ended up being rather fun. I went to the shop and bought another couple of beers and some cookies before retiring to my room and after offering my roommate a cookie and a beer we spent the next few hours chatting and laughing.
Today I'm having a bit of a lazy day. I'm still pretty tired and as it turns out my clothes aren't quite dry yet and so I'm spending the morning catching up with posting my blog that I should have done last night. I pop out to collect my parcel that my Mam posted and shortly after I get back the postie delivers another parcel that I was expecting, yay! My friend Hannah has sent me a box of goodies and I'm so excited to see what's inside.
Ooooh yes, lots of lovely sugary and chocolately snacks and a fantastic picture from Arlo, just what I needed to cheer me up on the dreary day. Coupled with new shorts, ration packs and snack bars from my Mam and it's like Christmas. I don't know what to eat first!
The day plods on and I can't put it off any longer as I need to leave. I do find it difficult staying in the hostels as I often don't want to leave once I've been for a night and yet I don't want to stay surrounded by people and noise.
Leaving Portree at 3pm it's overcast but windy. I head north west towards Dunvegan and happily settle into a nice routine of pedalling. It's hard going into the wind but I'm happy and just lose myself in the riding for the first hour, wondering why I didn't want to get out and ride in the first place, haha! The hills are long but not too steep and the miles slowly slide by.
About 3 miles from Dunvegan I start to feel like I''m on the Isle of Skye. Lush greenery, mountains with flat tops and rocky cliffs and vast expanses of scenery is such a contrast to where I started out this morning.
Dunvegan is just a small place and not too busy which is what my trip has been mostly full of. I grab a few buns and beers from the shop and ride along to the castle. It's just shutting up for the day but I check the times for the morning in case I fancy blowing the budget for a look around. Riding onward along a dead end road it starts to drizzle a bit and I find a nice camp spot for the night. Not exactly flat but by the sea, sheltered from the wind and with a lovely view of the castle.
I'm happy to be back in my tent and out in the wilds again!
Miles ridden = ???
- Ice creams eaten = 7
- Ferries taken = 20
- Islands visited = 18
- Wild camp nights = 25
- Ticks removed from body = 3
- Distilleries visited = 6
- Breweries visited = 3
- Bothy nights = 6