A week and a bit ago we got an email from Roger Smith saying that we had made our way up to places 5 & 6 on the TGO Challenge stand-by list.
Later the same day we were up to 2 & 3.
On Tuesday this week the email arrived to confirm our places.
As I said when we found ourselves on the stand-by list to start with, it’s a strange thing to be willing a place to come up yet feeling sorry for those finding themselves in unfortunate circumstances causing them to have to withdraw. We are, however, undeniably pleased to have it confirmed that having walked our East to West, we will also be having a sociable time walking across Scotland.
As optimistic as I was that our places would come, the route sheet was already filled out. All I’d omitted to do was to run it past Mick, so today I walked into town (via the high-level* route) to the main library to borrow maps so that I can show Mick the big picture of what I’m proposing (I’d already been and sat in the library myself to pore over the big maps – an excellent way to lose a chunk of the day). Next week we will submit our route.
(*the high-level route accumulates a whole 450 feet of ascent, over 7.5 miles, you know! Positively dizzying…)