Sometimes, You just gotta find out...
I leave Ullapool on Tuesday 14th of September driving north. It soon becomes clear that I would want to fly to Austria and see Heidrun again and find out.
Driving north the scenery once again is breathtakingly beautiful.
Beach in Durness and land after Durness
Wednesday in Durness I manage to book a flight, Sunday morning from Edinburgh via Amsterdam to Zurich. I would then take the train to Bludenz in western Austria and see Heidrun. I make a couple of essential phone calls to a few family members thus shaping my plans for Vienna which I would go to at the beginning of October.
Later I leave driving west along the Scottish northern coast. Around lunch time I reach the northern most point of the scottish mainland where you can see the Orkney Islands in a distance, which I will not be able to visit this time. I listen to "The unforgettable fire" and later the "Joshua Tree" album.
Viktor and Martin
From Wick all the way down to Inverness next to Loch Ness I give a ride to Viktor and Martin two students from Slovakia and the Czech Republic respectively. The 3 of us enjoy each others company and so we decide to tour around Loch Ness and later to spend the evening and night together in the glen cut by River Cannich west of a Loch Ness.
I enjoy staying in the Highlands one more evening in good company and it makes me forget that soon all will be over at least for a little while.
Thursday afternoon I reach Edinburgh amidst the worst weather. Rain and strong head winds make the Land Rover struggle on its final approach to Edinburgh. It is as if the forces of nature try to prevent me from leaving Scotland and make the desired visit to Austria.
Edinburgh is a wonderful town. If I may quote the Lonely Planet: "an incomparable location, amid volcanic hills and the Firth of Forth, superb architecture, 16th-century to Georgian and Victorian, dominated by the castle, a world heritage city with some 16.000 houses of historical significance," furthermore: "a sophisticated cosmopolitan population, a vibrant pub scene, ..." well go, buy it yourself.
I keep myself busy working on my web-page and spend a lot of time in the pub. Sunday the 19th my plane takes off from Edinburgh airport. I leave the Land Rover behind. When will I come back? With Heidrun? Without her?