Our last day
of cycling dawned cold but with bright sunshine and it improved
as the day progressed. As we continued south, the views became more
and more spectacular: Dunrobin Castle in the early morning sunshine
set against the bay and the mountains (why didn't we stop to take
its photo?), Dornoch Firth surrounded by mountains seen from the
bridge over the Firth, the town of Tain with its mountain backdrop
(stopped here for another hot chocolate!).
we chose to take the minor road to the Nigg Ferry, thus avoiding
most of the rest of the A9 to Inverness. This was an excellent choice.
The road was quiet and scenic and also quite flat. As we rode the
ferry we were able to look over the Cromarty Firth to the mountains
which we had climbed several days earlier on our way north.
We had some
fun on the Kessock Bridge over the Moray Firth into Inverness. There
were roadworks on the bridge, reducing it to one carriageway. There
we were, cycling for all we were worth over the bridge with a juggernaut
right behind us all the way over!
The rest of
the run was lovely and fairly easy going on quiet roads. It was
just the last few miles where we rejoined the A9 which was busy.