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]

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Day 10 - before Rosehearty to Fraserburgh

Sun 18 May (0645-0850)
Distance: 6.5 miles
Weather: overcast and breezy, but dry

We were away earlier than intended this morning and enjoyed the final few miles walk to our finish point before anyone was out and about.

The first couple of kilometres of the day, into Rosehearty were perfect walking, on trim grass, right on the coast edge, with a smattering of little bays below us.

From Rosehearty we were along the road, but still hugging the coast and with a very small handful of cars passing.

Fraserburgh was still sleeping as we got there, so we snuck through to Kinnaird Head and, making sure that we were on the east (not the north) coast, found our way to the sea. Our finish point was laughably unpicturesque: a patch of wasteland beside the harbour. I'm sure we could have found something far nicer had we gone a little further south, but we weren't moved to do so. We'd finished exactly where I'd said we would, so we took what that spot gave us, and we did have the view of the lighthouse to the north of us (per the photo).

With nowhere open at that time on a Sunday morning, we made our way to the bus station, where it was momentarily alarming to find that the bus I thought we were catching doesn't run on a Sunday. It was only momentary alarm, as examination of other Aberdeen-bound timetables revealed plenty of others going that way. We didn't have long to wait - just long enough for me to do a round of the public toilets of Fraserburgh and establish that one is not permitted to wee in the town before 10am on a Sunday.

So, there we go, our 5th TGO Challenge successfully completed.

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  1. Well done the pair of you. Impressive mileage too. Have been steadily following your progress, am now waiting with baited breath to see what you have next planned.

  2. There is a whole 6 days of Challenge time left. Well done anyway, and I recall someone saying they would not enter this year ;)

  3. I am so glad you enjoyed the Moray Coast Trail and our usual weather prevailed. Well done!

  4. Well done both of you, and good to see you in Montrose.