Dist : 141.76 km
Riding time: 6:52:47
Total time (including stops) : 9:36
Climb meters up/down 1,217/1,333
Max height: 233m at 9:42
Wind: 50% headwind/50% tailwind
My last day of LEJOG started with a beautiful clear sky and tailwind. The green farm paddocks down to the ocean cliffs looked even greener today, and the sheep even blah, blah a few times as I rode past. There were lots of new lambs eating well. I told them they probably had a relative in Australia!
Pre-warned about the Helmsdale climb/descent and then the more dangerous Berriedale sharp corner, I enjoyed the descents after the long climbs to as high as 233m. I was told that at the bottom hairpin was the accident location where a LEJOG cyclists had crashed last year on their final day and was airlifted out.
At Latheron, I took a left on the A9 and headed towards Thurso via a reasonably flat route. There were no towns with a general store so I ate my banana on the roadside. It continued via the interestingly named Spittal. There was a mix of sheep and cattle farms, peat farm, wind farm and a stone quarry.
About 7km outside Thurso, the two approaching thunder storms seemed to find me and I quickly covered up and cycled through some heavy rain.
Arriving in Thurso, I found a Tesco super market to dry off, get some lunch and call home. Eventally the rain passed and with the sun coming out I headed on 30km to John O'Groates. On the way I passed the scenic and possibly good surfing spot of Dunnet Bay.
As I expected JOG was an anti-climax. I took some photos, noted down the km and continued the last section to Wick.
Dinner was in the hotel, before having a look for the train station, so I could make the 8:12 train.
So my LEJOG is complete. I felt a sense of excitement starting the last day and finished the day both tired and satisfied.