Before I set out, I discovered the solo cyclist at our camp site had come from John O'Groats yesterday by the route that I planned to take today. He confirmed that the road was good and that the Cairns were interesting.
Heading out from the camp, I quickly climbed my first hill but the hills to Helmsdale didn't prepare me for the hills that followed. I did get a post in Helmsdale
The first hill out of Helmsdale was over two kilometres of constant climbing and it was followed by at least two others. I had just come down one steep hill with soft escape routes and was climbing the next when Marilyn caught up with me. I had left my mobile phone behind. The next decent also had soft escape routes but the corner swept nicely into the next climb. The first had much sharper corners near the bottom although I was still able to sweep through them on the trike with the minimum of braking. The trikes handling through corners really impresses me and adds to the joy of riding it.
The hills may have dominated my thinking but there were some really amazing coastal views along this stretch of the ride. With very light traffic, I was able to stop frequently and take in the panoramas.
The hills did ease but I was still pleased to turn inland at Lybster and head for the Camster Cairns. I stopped and explored the Cairns and had lunch before heading through to Cansbay. Although the road was fairly straight, there were a number of interesting panoramas along this road and a lake by Watten. I seem to enjoy the barren nature of moor land or the Scottish highlands.
As I approached John O'Groats, I could see what looked like rain to the west and to the east what I thought was low cloud. My pace increased over the last 10 kilometres as I felt I needed to beat the rain that didn't come.
Delchalm (Brora) to John O'Groats: 100.4 km in 6 hours 19 minutes 26 seconds at 15.8 km / hr.