Generally speaking I try and keep things pretty light and cheery. Focus on the happy, and step past the rest. Most days that isn’t too hard to do.
Today I was off to an early start as I was the only one who came down to the van ready to roll. So I pushed off. It had been raining earlier but that had cleared off and the head wind had died down somewhat. When I came to the main intersection in Bonar Bridge the course veered off to the left most unexpected, as the main road and there is only one road to Bettyhill was straight ahead. Well the course is the course and off I went. About 6 miles (10kms) down the road the course veered again down a path through the forest. WHAT? So I followed it about a 100 yards and it just got worse. Nobody had been down here for years so I turned back to the road. I could see where I should be but that was the other side of the river. I talked to a fellow on a mountain bike and he said there was a bridge about 20 minutes down the road. The road is clearly heading off to the west not north. I don’t have any larger maps and it is kind of hard to see what is happening on a 1 inch screen. About 45 minutes later there is no bridge and finally cell service. Of course no one can tell me where I am as I don’t know. So my only choose is to ride back to where I started. My frustration level is well into the red. Thankfully Agnes came back with the van and got me. We drove up the road to where Jos and Patrick were. Turns out I needed to go 200 yards down the track where you climbed down 3 sets of stairs and crossed the river on a railway bridge and down another set of stairs to the main road.
The wind is just howling out of the north and the temperature is only 55 F (13C). Patrick has had enough and loads his bike with mine on the van. Jos wants to do his EFI and rides on.
Along the way I want to take a picture so Agnes pulls the van over and I step out of the van. The ground is terribly uneven and my foot goes between two rocks and I twist my foot/ankle as I go down.
So here we are at the Bettyhill hotel. The place reminds me of the place in the Hitch Hikers Guide to Galaxy. Arthur Dent and Ford Perfect are in the restaurant at the End of the Universe. I am in the hotel.
Ending on a positive note; The shower has lots of hot water.