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]

Wednesday 18 June 2008

Day 65 - Killin (South) to East of Killin

18 June
Distance: 3.5 miles

It was a lazy start to the day. At the time we are usually out walking I was still lounging in bed. At the time that we're usually stopping for second breakfast we were just sitting down for a cooked first breakfast.

Leaving the B&B as late as we thought reasonable it was a slow journey through the village. There were visits to the Post Office, the Co-op and the outdoor shop to way-lay us.

We were quite a while at the Co-op figuring out what to buy to see us through to Fort Augustus in 4.5 days time. Then we were even longer outside trying to cram the big bags of food into our packs. Heaving it onto my back I just reminded myself that it will get progressively lighter as the days go on!

Then there was the outdoor shop - that was a very long visit.

Mick came away with some super shock absorbing Sorbothane footbeds. £20 and the first thing he's had to do with them is cut them in half so that he can wear his orthotics with them, but if they help his feet then it will be worth it. He also invested in a pair of Sealskinz socks in the hope of sometimes having dry feet in this wet weather and on the upcoming terrain.

The exciting find in the outdoor shop was the Avon Skin-so-soft. It's reputed that midges hate it, so it's got to be worth a try.

Finally after chatting for quite a while in the outdoor shop we left town and set out on the road alongside Loch Tay.

There's nothing really to be said about the walk: it was short and entirely uneventful.

Arriving at the campsite the fundraising took its second boost of the day when the owner kindly donated our £10 fee to Macmillan, which added itself to the £15 donated by last night's B&B. I do believe that that takes our fundraising over the £4000 mark :-)

For us personally she also donated some washing detergent. After another hour or so clad in my waterproofs so that we could treat oruselves to more laundry we'll be setting out for four days in the wilds in a reasonable state of cleanliness. All I have to do is remember that if I use the Bushbuddy in those days not to rub soot all over my trousers - which is precisely what I did the day after I last washed my trews!

1 comment:

  1. I suffer with mozzy bites in our garden - think it's because we have a small pond. I use a particular kind of fly spray to keep them at bay but I can't remember the name (think it begins with 'A'). It's a pump-action spray with a distinctive scent. I use it on wrists and ankles. I'll find the name and you can try it out.