We had asked to be served breakfast at 7:30 this morning as we have a long way to go to catch our ferry to the Orkney Islands. Our hosts have agreed to do so and Dick has decided not to go looking for coffee. When he gets up about 6:45, he dresses and goes to move the car out front so that it is easy to load.
COLD! FROST! The car thermometer reads 25F and there is heavy frost on the car. It has to warm up so as to clear the windshield before moving it out front. The day is clear with a bright blue sky but boy is it cold!
Carolyn rolls out on time and we are ready for breakfast at 7:30 as agreed. Salmon and scrambled eggs for Dick and her usual poached eggs for Carolyn. By 8AM we are done and loading the car and are gone by 8:15. Today is much nicer than yesterday and the sun quickly warms up the world to an acceptable mid to upper 40s.
We take the fast route to Inverness and then on up the coast, heading northeast, toward Gills Bay and John O'Groats. Our ferry boards by 1PM and the drive is fully three and a half hours without stops. We are in good stead time wise so a few stops are in order for pictures. This is a fabulous drive on this blue bird day! At one stop we meet a man on a bicycle who is 10 days into a ride from Land’s End to John O'Groats; 847 miles! He will finish today and is obviously pleased with himself.
Once in town we see is a cruise ship in port so we drive down to the dock area and find it is an MSC ship. We think that is an Italian line. While stopped, we briefly talk to our son regarding a summer time issue with a grandchild and then head back to the hotel.
We watch some analysis of the British general elections of the 8th and then Dick heads off to bed while Carolyn stays up until mid-night watching TV. It is nice to have the apt style lodgings.