Beginning of the Roadtrip
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That morning we all groggily woke up, missing breakfast cos we overslept! WE eventually got up, packed up our stuff and loaded it into luggage storage in reception. We all wanted a huge, greasey breakfast. To the Standing Order - a Wetherspoons. It was a good 15 minute trek from teh hostel but we were all looking forward to that big, cheap breaky. We needed it. We got there and waited around for ages to order. Bondy was keen to get in a strongers to wake himself up (the boy constantly stinks like booze!). I had to laugh when they refused him, sayign they didn't serve alcoholic beverages before noon. Too funny - not for Bondy however who had to make do with an orange juice. Also he hates, baked beans. Somehow his order of a big breakfast, plus toast but with no beans resulted in him getting an extra portion of beans!!
We all sat around, slowly enjoying our big, greasey breakfatss.
It was beautiful drive to Inverness, sweeping scenery of all the colours of Autumn, rivers running by the roads and amazing views from Forth Bridge. It really was an amazing ride. Matthew kept the car and an enjoyable, fast pace, with only the small mishap of almost getting stung by a camera. The brakes were slammed on so hard and I couldn't help but look around for a Kangaroo for I thought surely that or some other animal was the cause for the sudden halt. Hahaha, more likely would have been deer than kangaroo. Matt apologized profusely for the whiplash and we kept going. Bondy was the first to flake out, navigator asleep in the front seat.
We made it to Inverness at about 6pm. It was cold, and we wandered the city looking for our hostel after we'd parked our car at a supermarket. We found the hostel and checked in. We headed back to the car, found a closer place to park and unloaded all our gear. We got back to the hostel, we had a 10 bed dorm to ourselves. We came in though to find all the beds unmade. Hmm.. dodgey! So we requested our bed sheets etc. Matt found a nasty looking pillow which looked like it was stained from a nose bleed. For some reason the boys were convinced it was period blood - real mature! Haha. We tried to set it up, pickign the most hygiene looking sleeping sheets. I was greatful to my sleeping bag which is a constant companion to me.
We then went next door for dinner, it was a cheapish chain pub and we had a good feed there, the others all having Sunday roasts! Then we went on to a bar I'd been informed of from Lindsay - an TB staying in Inverness. She was away and couldn't join us unfortunately. The bar is called Hootenannys and it is quite a traditional venue for Scottish music. The night we got there, a trio of male folk singers were on the stage, entertaining a packed bar. We got some drinks and stayed awhile, chilling out to the music. It was good quite good, folk songs and ballads sung in harmonies. We hung around there for awhile and decided to leave when the singers took their break. We hunted around for another decent pub, but the one we found was nice but playing terrible and exrtremely loud music.
We left at about 1am, deciding it was definitely time for bed, especially as Matt had to be up early. Parking was free overnight til about 8am, then had to be moved. We didn't want to risk a parking fine so it would be an early start. This didn't bother me much as I looked forward to walking along the river in the morning, seeing the city by daylight.