Day 33 – Boots, Roots and Rocks…

Saturday 26th October – on my own

Rowardennan to Crianlarich

22.98 miles … 52,405 steps … 3,330′ ascent … 9 hours 49 minutes

Alone! Ended with a broken phone…

Pretty indyllic

I left the campervan at 8am, after a good night’s sleep in Bablu right on the shore of Loch Lomond. It was a big sacrifice to miss the rugby.

Beautiful start to the day

For much of the morning I thought I was walking in Lord of the Rings country; while the west side of Loch Lomond was seething with traffic, the east had me and four other people walking alone. I was wearing walking boots today, because of the uneven terrain, so progress was slower and my feet are sorer, particularly my left ankle. There was some great scenery, with snow capped Munroes (3,000′ mountains, John has climbed all 284! Ed), stunning rainbows and sunshine frequent during the morning.

Meanwhile Fiona had a good day, with coffee with Isabel in Luss, then meeting with Rene from Strathfillan Wigwams, just north of Crianlarich. Good to swop ideas and see such a great Glamping set up.

I stopped for coffee at Inversnaid Hotel, where I had to take most of my kit off as it was so posh… no rucksacks, boots or sticks! I continued with my solitary journey as far as Doune Byre Bothy, where the door was open, so I could escape the rain and put on ann extra layer. Heavy showers punctuated this afternoon, before more substantial rain concluded a long day.

Result – saturated and dead phone, cold and wet body!

I was glad to reach Crianlarich and to find Fiona had booked us into the Crianlarich Hotel to avoid hypothermia. No cold bath today and an extra hour to recover tonight.

Well done England! My challenge for next week is to find a Scotsman who will permit me to watch the final… there will be little communication for a few days and no photos… there were some great ones today – maybe they will be in the ether or clouds somewhere?

4 Replies to “Day 33 – Boots, Roots and Rocks…”

  1. Hi John, I’m praying you will finish the last 1/4 of your epic journey strong. Loving your blogs and amazed at your resilience, I’m hoping one day, we may be able to read a book on, ‘The Anderson Way!’ Your Mum and Dad would be so incredibly proud of you – as are all who have watched your life’s journey so far. Every blessing to you and Fiona – you are one amazing team! Every blessing and much love to you both, J xx

  2. May I echo Jan’s post and wish all the best for the final 1/4, you must be feeling the end of the walk is an imaginable distance away now. I too have put that book “The Anderson Way” on my Christmas list for 2020 perhaps? Maybe it will be sub titled “My family and other farm animals”? I’m loving the photos and hope there will be more to come.
    Out thoughts and prayers are with you .. and especially John’s feet…
    Take care,
    Sian and David

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