Sunday 11 May, 21km, 388 metres climbed, 7 hours 15 mins
|Day 3: Route|
|The Allt na Muic, just beyond my camping spot|
I wake up early. At home or in a hotel or in a tent. Today was no exception. Well before 5.00am. I do not actually start
walking early, rather I potter around, if one can potter around in a single
person tent. Pottering around in such
circumstances means slowly brewing up, usually a couple of times, getting sleeping bag clothes off, and walking
clothes on, making porridge and brewing up again, eating a cereal bar and, of
course, taking the early morning trip with the MSR Blizzard to do what a man
has to do.
Most of the copulating ants had now, it seemed, left for
wherever flying ants go when they are not pestering humans. Presumably their lust was now satiated and, no
doubt, their mission to promulgate their species successful.
|I know that looks like a path but it didn't look like one when I was walking down here.|
|A nice spot for a break by the Allt na Muic|
I was walking by 8.15am. I first blundered through the
heather to the deer fence at the edge of the forest, and then down hill between
the Allt na Muic and the forest. Unsurprisingly,
the OS’s idea of a path, which should have materialised at the deer fence
according to the 1:50k map, seemed to be at odds with how a dictionary would
describe such a feature, for I saw little signs of one until much further down. The ground was pretty
wet underfoot but not too difficult. Towards the bottom of the hill I was pleased
to find Hugh and Barbara again, breakfasting at a pleasant spot by the stream, and the sun
appeared to be winning its battle with the clouds at this point. We walked
together for most of the rest of the day, first plodding along the road to
Torgyle Bridge where we lunched at a picnic table in heavy rain shower, with
other Challengers materialising here for the pull over the hill to Fort
|On the way to Fort Augustus|
It is very easy walking from Torgyle Bridge to Fort
Augustus, first on forestry tracks and then on awful new tracks built to allow
the construction of the massive replacement pylons and power lines.
I am afraid that whilst I make use of these tracks I also resent the ruination
of the landscape that they cause. I guess that is a form of hypocrisy but that’s
how it is. I could, of course, have planned a different route to avoid this area, but that wouldn't have meant that the countryside would have been any less spoilt. The way, though, was redeemed by the last kilometre through Jenkins
Park which is a pretty way in to the town.
I was at Fort Augustus by half three, quite early for the B and B, so I forced
myself into The Bothy pub and bravely sank a couple of pints of Guinness.
Hugh, Barbara and I ate in The Bothy later. Allen and Fran were there too, Fran with a
pair of shiny new boots bought from the gift shop, and gradually more Challengers
arrived, including John Woolston, who I had shared Day 3 with on the 2013
Challenge. It seemed like only yesterday.
Time certainly is “the subtle thief of youth”, as that guy Milton banged
on about back in 1632 when he was just 23 years of age.
|I would be happy to accept an offer of sponsorship from Guinness. If their marketing director would like to contact me.....|
Great title for a post that. I like it. I like Guinness too, just in case you get contacted by said firm….ReplyDelete
I'll share my first free pint with you!ReplyDelete
Lovin' the write up sir.ReplyDelete
You are a chap after my own heart.
BUT.. If you think a Scarp is the domain of the Insect Fornication Rave, then get a yellow tent.
You cannot hear yourself think for the groans from *The Ugly Bug Ball*.
Mind you that may have been Alan with Audrey and his hurty knee.
Thanks for the positive feedback, Andy. I will, however, pass on the yellow tent, thanks. Although come to think of it my Akto inner is yellow....Delete
your blog is on a par with mr slomans and mr walkers in that it,s a great read i,m looking forward to reading more .ReplyDelete
Thanks Chris. But to be mentioned in the same sentence as Messrs Sloman and Walker? I'm just not worthy ;-)Delete
I hope to get the next instalment posted soon.