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…
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.
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?