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 9 May 2009

Day 1 - Oban to Glen Noe

8 May
Distance - 18 miles

It was as a party of five that we left the Youth Hostel this morning, with Bob, Rose and their daughter Beth.

Leaving Oban we were a party of 7 as we had bumped into Ellie and Derek and, with much chatting, we made our way up a glen.

Bob and Rose's route soon diverged from ours so good luck was wished all around and we carried on with Ellie and Derek in the direction of Taynuilt. Another challenger - Jenny Headscarf - was passed as we tootled along and fast progress was made as we omitted any rest stops bar a quick elevenses due to the distraction of chatting.

As the showers were just getting more frequent we reached Taynuilt, and it would have been rude to pass through without stopping for a cup of tea, so that's precisely what we did.

Thankfully we finally got off road as we left Taynuilt and stayed that way until we reached the smokery there. We bade farewell to Ellie and Derek as our routes parted but our departure was delayed by a most impressive and violent hail storm.

It didn't see like much later when we reached our intended overnight stop, but a suitable pitch didn't present itself and as we weren't desperate to stop we carried on into tomorrow's route.

In all we have walked 1.5 miles further than intended today. It's been a touch damp but enjoyable nevertheless.

We're now pitched in a pleasant-but-not-spectacular spot in Glen Noe looking forward to our day tomorrow.

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