UK June 2011 - Day 20. Today I met an old friend,
we'd not seen each other in nearly forty years. Russell and I had said our goodbyes when we left school in July 1972, exchanged a couple of letters and then lost contact. Thanks to the joys of the Internet we got back in touch about a year or so ago. He and his wife Chris have a bed and breakfast in Scotland, our planned destination for the day.
Before we could do that though we had to sit and enjoy the view from our tent for a while, which is where today's picture was taken. There's also a picture showing the damage the Loch Maree midges had done to me - imagine that all over your legs.
There was another problem with our plan to go and see Russell and Chris. We'd not been able to contact them because my cell 'phone didn't seem to want to work in the highlands. So they didn't know we were planning on coming. If they had vacancies that was fine, if not at least we could pop in and say hello on our way.
Getting there meant crossing the country again - they're on the East coast, near to Inverness. Driving (literally) across country we stopped under cell 'phone towers in the vain hope I could make a call. I tried public 'phone boxes, but in the age of cell 'phones they were few and far between; and working ones appear to be even rarer. Finally I found a public telephone that worked and got through. Good sports that they are, Russell and Chris didn't blink and eyelid at the zero notice and told us to come on over.
We arrived around three, and apart from break for a much needed shower, the next ten or so hours were spent catching up on forty years' news. I'd like to say that I took a couple of pictures to commemorate the occasion, but unfortunately I didn't. I was too busy enjoying myself.