The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Friday, 30 September 2011

A Change of Plan

Nothing like making a u-turn and then impulsively acting on it.

We’ve told lots of people that we’re not applying for TGO Challenge 2012. We were quite decided on the point – for a while at least.

About twenty minutes ago I said to Mick “Shall I fill in the TGOC application form?”

About fifteen minutes ago I went and dug out the cheque book.

About ten minutes ago I popped up the road to post it.

So, contrary to our previous declarations that our plans for next year won’t allow us to take part in the Challenge, our application has been made. Next year’s plans have been re-jigged accordingly. Our big map of Scotland is now spread out on the living room floor and some poring over it is about to occur.

Fingers are crossed.


A random snap from Scotland, taken before (not during) this year’s TGOC (I don’t think we saw that much blue sky during the Challenge this year!)


  1. You weren't fooling anyone with this "we won't be there in 2012" malarkey, you know ;-) Fingers crossed for the applications; and hope it all goes well. Sadly I can't apply until the 2013 Challenge, but I may, possibly, have already started considering routes...

  2. It was only a matter of time....
    Are you going to Fort William?

  3. Jon - We managed to fool ourselves for quite a while!

    Martin - A matter of time, and finally coming to realise that if we didn't apply until next year, and if we weren't lucky in the draw, then we wouldn't take part again until 2014, which sounded too long to wait.

    We're not going to Fort William. Are you?

  4. I'm thinking of going - can provide a lift if you change your minds.