Our first day of riding was the 39.6km from John O Groats to Wick!
We had a little incident with Amadeus just before midnight on Day 3 where he chased Flicker out of the pen which left the three of them wandering around the cliff top (thankfully everything is fenced off) with us in tow! Luckily it was still light (very strange) so we rounded them up and re-penned them so that Amadeus was separated from Flix and Phoenix and managed to get some shut eye eventually but this left us feeling a little exhausted and pushed back our start time by a lot!
Soon we were on our way and travelled from Duncansby Head which is the most northern point of Scotland and were almost immediately confronted with a kissing gate costing us miles and pushing us onto the road for said miles. The ponies were impeccably well behaved and didn’t even blink at the fast moving traffic!
After a couple of hours on the road, we made our way down to a harbour for our lunch!
Shortly afterwards, we found the beach! We had a stretch of a couple of miles including a couple of amazing gallops and a fairly unsuccessful attempt of getting the horses in the sea! We also saw a seal on the shore!!
After the beach, we rode through several cattle fields (it’s a very strange feeling being allowed to ride everywhere) and popped out on a little road heading into an equally small village!
We reached Wick at rush hour so mounted the pavement a few times to get out of everyone’s way but no one seemed to mind! We headed through the back of Wick harbour and along the coast and we could just see the lorry when we came to another kissing gate and this time, we asked the ponies to go through which I think pretty much sums up how our adventure streak has grown over the day!
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