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]

Thursday, 8 May 2014

TGOC Day -1: Strathcarron to before Coire Fionnaraich bothy

Wednesday 7 May (1945-2105)
Distance: almost 4 miles
Weather: overcast but dry

Having not been in a position to book our travel until we got home from Anglesey, the available train tickets dictated that we couldn't achieve a journey that was both cheap and of short duration. The solution was to travel as far as Edinburgh on Tuesday, then continue on to Strathcarron on Wednesday (via a very drawn out journey), to then walk over to Torridon on Thursday.

Having not arrived in Strathcarron until quarter to eight in the evening, we might have just plonked our tent on the first available spot, as just 12.5 miles lay between us and Torridon. However, we knew that JJ, AlanR and Viv were ahead of us on the same route and we had said that we would walk until either we found them or ran out of energy or daylight.

Alongside the river we went, past some newly born lambs and then through the forest, and the decision was made to continue along the road and a little way up the Fionn abhainn.

9pm came and still no tents had been found, but we weren't flagging so we agreed that we would continue as far as the Bothy about a mile and a bit further on, and if we hadn't found them by then, would stop. Five minutes later we came over a lump in the landscape and found tents in front of us.

JJ, being the very nice man he is, had the kettle on within moments and after popping the tent up, drinking tea and chatting, all of the light had gone out of the day and it was well after our usual backpacking bed time.

Today we have just a short walk over to Torridon ahead of us. The surroundings are quite lovely and it promises to be a nice walk.

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