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]

Saturday 18 May 2013

Day 9 - Braemar

Saturday 18 May 2013
Distance: 0
Ascent: 0
Weather: dry start then persistent rain
Number of times Mick sneezed: 73

Yesterday's plan would have seen us arriving at Callater Lodge about now (16.30 on Saturday afternoon), ready to go over the Lochnagar tops tomorrow. But then Mick woke up this morning with a cold, and a walk in the rain today followed by a strenuous day tomorrow no longer seemed the best choice.

So, we've taken a day off in Braemar and will be heading out on a low route tomorrow (although I do have my eye on a Corbett that lies next to that route and I'm not discounting the possibility of nipping up it).

Yesterday Braemar was quite a quiet place (just 18 backpacking tents/tarps on the campsite last night); today it is rather busier, with lots of soggy, dripping backpackers having arrived.

There's nothing to report from our day, having spent it going from one place with chairs to another. At least we should be well rested and refreshed when we set out tomorrow (or I will be; bunged-up Mick may be rather more groggy).

... Some time later ...

... Oh my! I didn't expect to have to wade today, but in a quick trip back to the campsite found the entrance flooded. It really has been hammering down. Hope it's passed through by morning. Moreover, I hope that our pitch doesn't get any wetter.


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1 comment:

  1. Saturday.
    It rained. Quite a bit. ..
    Hope you managed to see Sunday's inversion - the Cairngorm tops looked great from Cook's Cairn.