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 2008

Day 67 - Allt Camghouran to by Culra Lodge

20 June
Distance: 19.5 miles

A quick post today. We were late finding somewhere to camp (and walked further than intended in the process) and other requirements are pressing - like sleeping!

The low point of the day: finding, after walking quite some distance without water and having detoured to a less than satisfactory stream to find some, that the Steripen no longer works. It appears to have water in its mechanism. Seems to me that it's a bit of a weakness in a device designed to be used in water (admittedly the water ingress was caused by rain rather than in use).

Our water shortage was solved later in the day when we left the flat lands behind and found plenty of good streams.

The high point of the day: popping out of the north end of a forest and having the view of Loch Erich open up before us. A heavy shower had just passed through, another was not far behind it, by as we came upon the view it was with a blue sky. We agreed that it was the best of the walk so far.

Things were pretty good beyond Ben Alder Bothy too. The scenery and views are truly magnificent.

And rumour (from a chap we met on his way down from Ben Alder who reported that it had snowed on him on the summit) has it that after four days of rain and showers, tomorrow is going to be fine.

Even better, tomorrow is now down to 16.25 miles, having accidentally walked 6.25 miles further than scheduled today.

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