The Morning After and on the Road to Inverness

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Lori trying Iron Bru for the first time

Note, the dates are a day ahead to keep consistency.

It was a Sunday and we all had to be out of the hostel for 11am.  We made our way back to the Standing Order, the bar where we watched the Scotland match, for some brunch.  Quite a few of the group had gone back home at this point and others were leaving imminently.  Me, Hannah, Anna, Ashley and Bondy were preparing for a trip up to Inverness so needed a good fill and a big Scottish breakfast.  Bondy doesn't like beans, but somehow managed to order extra beans - it makes sense when you think about it. 

Brett was a fresh faced man, proudly wearing his new tee-shirt from the previous nights efforts.

The Scottish soft drink!
  Most of us were drinking soft drinks on this morning as we all had had a skin full the night before, all except Bondy that is!  The lad loves his Strongers and was straight back on it!  I was recommending the Iron Bru to people.  It's quite hard to get hold of outside Scotland, but I loved this as a kid and it's about as Scottish as the bagpipes.  Once again it was a case of when in Rome, do as the Romans do

After saying our goodbyes to everyone, our roadtrip group plus Lori went to Waverley Station to try and catch a train to Inverness.  We had just missed one and the next wouldn't be arriving for a while.  Lori caught her train whilst we all scratched heads with indecision about what to do.  You'd think five so-caalled intelligent heads would be better than one, but no.

The moring after compulsory fry up
  Eventually we caught a taxi to the airport and made our way to Avis.  We rented a nice black Golf GTi 1.6L to get us to Inverness.  Finally we were on the road (it had taken us the best part of 3 hours to get sorted).  We drove up the A9 which is a beautifully scenic 160 mile drive through the centre of Scotland.  I found out the car had a sixth gear (eventually) a so fuel economy was very good as well.  That was despite testing the car out to see what it had powerwise! 

The A9 is quite an open road which occasionally branches out into a dual carriage way so you can do a bit of overtaking.  I was taking the car nicely towards it top end when what's that?  It's a bloody speed camera!  Shit!!!  The brakes had to be hammered on a bit, but thanks to the 10% rule (the camera will only flash if you doing >10% above the speed limit) we made it through without any further soiling of my already filthy license.

After a very long and good nights sleep - here's a fresh faced Brett
  A large round of apologies (still sorry about that guys) and some minor whip lash, but we continued happily along.

We were making great time of it and were due to arrive in Inverness for around about sunset.  I checked the mirrors and noticed everyone else was sneaking in a quick power knap >.<  That was frustrating, even navigator Bondy was long gone - in fact he was the first to drop!  I was feeling fairly alert anyway and was enjoying the scenary, but I just had the radio for company for the last 30 miles or so.

We arrived about 6:30pm, parked up and found the hostel.  We went into the room to find no bed sheets and minging pillows and quilts with gross stains on them blurrrggghhhh.  After a careful screening process for scabies, ringworm and AIDS, I found some decent enough ones and got some sheets.

and he's proud of his new tee-shirt

Inverness immediately appealed to me.  It was quite a pretty, but a lot smaller city after Edinburgh.  It was very modern looking though and we went for a little walk around.  We took a few pictures of the River Ness and the castle before finding our way to Hootananny Ceilidh.  This was a live music bar and on this Sunday night they had a small trio of Scottish musicians.  They were doing a more traditional style set which was nice to relax to.  We had a couple fo drinks there and stayed a couple of hours before moving on.  Inverness was just so quiet!  There was only a couple of bars open and so we chose to go for another little walk instead.

Bondy and Me in need of the fry up before hitting the road.
  By about midnight, we were quite litterally the only people on the street and everything was closed, so we went back to the hostel for a couple of drinks.

Ashley was jokingly getting some grief so took a shower last thing at night.  That would prove to be a good move.  I had to be up the next morning at stupid O'Clock (7am! - please bear in mind this is holiday time), to shift the car off the road, and there was no flippin'  hot water!  Arrrggghhhhh!!  I had to get a freezing cold shower at and re-park the car off the road.  I was knackered, cold and jealous of the sleepers.  What's more, on my walk to the car, it started raining >.<  Maybe it was my time for a bout of pneumonia.

lovely_lori88 says:
aww im so jealous and wish i could have gone with you guys!!
Posted on: Nov 13, 2008
ashleynpearson says:
I would hardly call that "and some minor whip lash"... more like serious neck and back injuries! haha!
Posted on: Oct 26, 2008
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Lori trying Iron Bru for the first…
Lori trying Iron Bru for the firs…
The Scottish soft drink!
The Scottish soft drink!
The moring after compulsory fry up
The moring after compulsory fry up
After a very long and good nights …
After a very long and good nights…
and hes proud of his new tee-shirt
and he's proud of his new tee-shirt
Bondy and Me in need of the fry up…
Bondy and Me in need of the fry u…
Driving out of Edinburgh (finally)
Driving out of Edinburgh (finally)
back seat passengers
back seat passengers
Driving out of Edinburgh
Driving out of Edinburgh
Arrivig in the evening in Inverness
Arrivig in the evening in Inverness
Bondy and Ashley messing around
Bondy and Ashley messing around
The scottish band
The scottish band
The road trippers by the River Ness
The road trippers by the River Ness
Inverness Castle at night
Inverness Castle at night
Inverness
photo by: vances