September 8, 2015:
We follow the directions from the Cullen, Scotland bus stop to our hostel for tonight: Harbour HostelNice and roomy and we are delighted to find ourselves the lone occupants of this 16 bed hostel.
A-h-h-h… Let’s stay two nights.
Day two finds us gaining a roommate. Meet Bill Nickson Sr., an ex-international professional cyclist with many notable victories in his career, including the overall in the Milk Race (Britain’s most prestigious stage race) and the British National Road Race championships. He also rode and completed the Tour de France. In 1981 he started Bill Nickson Cycles in Leyland, England and his son runs the business now. He biked into Cullen from the train station (I think, 30 miles away) and is touring the area on bicycle. What a wonderful gentleman!
Elvis’ roots are also in this region and, fate would have it, the hostel has an “old school” record player and at the top of the pile of records is Elvis’ Greatest Hits. O.K., let’s stay here a third night.