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, 21 June 2014


After arriving at Challenge Control, having finished this year’s walk, I declared that I had done something that may be considered as cheating. Reassurances were given; I had crossed Scotland under my own steam, even if I did use gravity and a slippery surface to assist me for a few metres (after all, it was said, if I’d glissaded down a snow bank, no-one would have questioned anything other than my safety-mindedness).

The incident in question occurred in Hopeman, where our route took us through a play park. Mick, rather boringly, walked down the bank. Originally, I only intended to pose for a picture:


But once seated, I couldn’t resist going for the ride:


Excellent fun, and (I would wager) a means of travel not employed by many during a TGO Challenge cross-Scotland walk!

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