Day 12 – Inverness to Golspie (penultimate day!)

70 miles

Our penultimate day in the saddle (for LEJOG rather than forever – we weren’t always sure but Abbie has confirmed that she won’t be throwing her bike off the edge of Scotland tomorrow) had all the ingredients of a corker, and did not disappoint. After a breakfast of bacon sandwiches made by Lorraine (worryingly good for a vegetarian) and a ride back to our day ten destination – Tomatin Distilleries (where we will be popping back to on Saturday to try the whisky, having decided 8am on day twelve wasn’t appropriate) we set off in the sunshine, heading – you guessed it – north.

The scenery was simply spectacular. From crossing the Moray Firth by bridge to the coastal views of the Black Isle, there has hardly been a more stunning LEJOG backdrop. Our first 30 or so miles flew by and just as the first thoughts of taking a small break entered our minds we came across The Highland Cafe. We can’t recommend this place enough. In addition to the stunning views and extraordinary cream tea, the cherry on top was the bike rack, track pump and tap specifically positioned for refilling bidons. Cyclists receive mixed receptions at cafes, pubs and restaurants and we’ve experienced the full range, from extreme hostility (day three sausage roll gate and being asked to put our helmets on the floor in Kidderminster) to practically giving hugs at goodbye (Heaven Scent in Kinross). The Highland Cafe fell at precisely the right end of the scale, and it was wonderful to receive such a warm welcome at this point in our journey. It was also the point in the journey at which Abbie realised we have cycled “really, really, really far!”. It’s indisputable. (905 miles, in fact. Bonkers).

Not believing it to be possible after the highs of being welcomed to various counties – most notably Cumbria – and later a whole new country (hi, Scotland), next level excitement was reached when we saw our first sign to John O Groats – a mere 85 miles away. Anyone driving the the A9 this afternoon may have been lucky enough to see Abbie dancing underneath the sign post to Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (and some seriously un-secluded loo stops shortly thereafter, standards are seriously dropping… along with the bib shorts). Lucky them.

Well team – nothing is bloody well gonna stop us now. From tonight’s destination in Golspie, we are 75 miles from our end point and have it firmly in our sights. You all know why we have undertaken this challenge, in memory and celebration of our very special and desperately missed friend Fi, and tomorrow with her in our hearts we’ll do everything we can to finish what we set out to do.

Thank you all for your amazing support so far – it’s meant so much to us and will continue to do so as we reflect on the last two weeks, and the many months leading up to it. We quite literally could not have done it without you.

All our love,

Abs and Sal xxx

7 thoughts on “Day 12 – Inverness to Golspie (penultimate day!)

  1. Keep going you two! I wish so much that Fi was here with us to share your amazing success. I’m so proud of you both. Cannot wait to see you tomorrow. Much celebrating to be done xxx

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  2. Incredible! Well done both of you – what an outstanding achievement and it must be wonderful to have the end (almost literally) in sight now. You really have done yourselves and your stellar cause proud – much respect! Good luck for the final push and enjoy the felling as you cross the finish line!

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  3. Still so enjoying your notes and so impressed with your efforts. It’s bringing a tear to my eye as I recall my JoGLE and its conclusion two years ago. You’re gonna feel massively proud tomorrow at the end. I bowed my head in my wife’s arms, shed some tears then looked up and said I want to go back! My wife was shocked but I simply have to do the return leg sometime soon! Enjoy your champagne, I know I did as did my bike, Stealth 2 having been liberally sprayed with the stuff at the end!
    In closing can you tell me where that cafe was in Kidderminster, I simply have to go and put my helmet on the table and wind them up!

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  4. Why would any cafe not want you two gorgeous cyclists in it???????
    Glad now your in Bonny Scotland the cafe owners are more welcoming 👍🏼 Hope your last day is a great one, enjoy that over the line moment girls. I’m sure you will have lots of friendly faces waiting there to share in your joy at completing your mammoth challenge. 🚴🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️ 🙌🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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  5. Such an inspiration to dip in and out of your story as we plan our own trip for 2020 – thank you and prayers for you finishing well 🙂

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