Weather: ☁️ then 🌥
Feeling Today: 😴, 🤷♂️🇫🇷🤷♀️, and 🎂 Hattie
So Far: 158.88 miles, 50:32 hours
This morning was a bit chillier and there was some short-lived light drizzle, so the Droopy hat was put away and the waterproofs, long-johns and trousers were back on. Once away from Beauly, the first half of the walk was on forest tracks and minor roads through an area called The Aird; forestry interspersed with agriculture.
There’s nothing like a good Sunday lunch … and this was nothing like a good Sunday lunch:
The second half of today’s walk was then my first section on the Great Glen Way – bit of a slog on hardcore tracks. I’ve missed about 10 miles of the trail from Inverness and will complete the remaining 70 miles or so over the next four days before reaching Fort William.
The topography and trees meant that there weren’t really views of Loch Ness until almost in it. The steep descent through the woods was painful and brought me out opposite Urquhart Castle where John Cobb made his water speed record attempt in 1952. In a jet-propelled waterborne ‘rocket’ he exceeded 200mph but sadly crashed and died.
What housing crisis …?!
So I’ve done 10 days and more than 150 miles. Thank you for your encouragement and your comments which I enjoy reading (and so does my mother so keep it clean!), but I hope you’ll understand I can’t reply to each one.
I’m enjoying the walking and countryside and the good weather has been a great blessing. I’ve received a warm welcome just about everywhere. I’m surprised how few walkers I’ve seen.
What have I learnt so far? ; how to use my GPS; walking on the A9 is no fun, especially over bridges; it’s difficult to navigate in forests …
Best buys: portable battery pack and Droopy sun hat
Worst buy: the potato pie
Best car seen: Jaguar XK
Most considerate drivers: Jaguar XK
Best advice: Have a whisky
Worst advice: Urinate on blisters
Body parts okay: knees, Achilles, hips, chaffing areas (thanks to the Vaseline); muscles generally
Body parts in trouble: feet
No EBR incidents, Scottish independence discussions, or animal attacks. Only one Brexit discussion – with Angela and Jurt from Germany 🇩🇪
Tomorrow I’ll resist ‘Nessieland’ theme park, post four OS maps home and head south west. Should be difficult to get lost …