Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 2

Day 41 - Bettyhill to Thurso

On a misty morning, I decided to move on rather than stay in the vein hope of a sunny afternoon on the beach.

A few miles down the road, the mist completely disappeared, and the weather soon became hot and sunny. At the junction of the A836 and A897 I stopped to eat and put on sun tan lotion.

Just short of Dounreay I was very narrowly missed by a fast moving transit van with oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. It sped on despite my frantic waving of a limited number of fingers. I kept my eye on the van and it drove into the Dounreay site itself.

I cycled up to the main securty gate and the very helpful police staff there arranged for the driver to be located and brought to the reception area where I was given a chance to tell him exactly what I thought of him. I was lucky as today was a Dounreay holiday and there were only a limited number of staff on site. The officer told me that there had also been recent campaigns to reduce traffic incidents on the main road outside the site.

On the way out, I stopped off at the visitor centre. Inside they have good presentations but you can't help but notice the way that they play down the effect of Dounreays presence on the surrounding area, and the careless working practices of the past. I think that this is very misleading.

Because of the days delays, I stop in Thurso for the night. The campsite here was £5.80 for the night with free showers.

I take a quick look round town and decide to stay tomorrow too. I drop into Lidl to see what I can find. The prices here are very cheap with many items half of the price of Tesco/Sainsburys but the pack sizes are large. In the end I just buy a bar of chocolate.

The distance travelled today was 31 miles.

Photograph of the entrance to Dounreay

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