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]

Sunday 10 May 2009

Day 2 - Glen Noe to By Ben a Chleibh

Fri 9 May
15 miles, 3700' ascent.

Our pitch last night proved to be in the midst of a major slug-fest, so it was after removing the slimy beasts from inside our shoes, mugs, food bags and the like that we set off this morning during a brief break in the rain.

The planned route up Glen Noe was based purely on it looking doable from the map and although hard going in places it turned out to be a good choice. Aside from anything else it was the solitude and scenery of this Glen that made my head finally catch up with the fact that I'm on a walking holiday. It's taken a while!

It was near the t op of the Glen that the cloud suddenly rolled in and the earlier showers became persistent rain (and hail, sleet and snow) that stayed with us for hour upon hour.

It was because of the rain that we didn't stop for 2nd breakfast or 11ses. During a lull in the wetness we did pause briefly for lunch but being wet, we soon cooled down and needed to get moving again.

The A85 was diced with for a short while, where one motorist seemed willing to mow us down in order to overtake (certainly made me jump!), then it was back onto tracks - forestry at first then grassy (and boggy).

The rain finally turned to showers as we tackled our final couple of KMs of the day, by which time, after a hard day with only the shortest of breaks I was more than ready to stop.

So tired was I that I wasn't even fussed about our pitch being flat, level or dry, but as it happens we found somewhere that almost managed each of those traits.

By good fortune we got pitched in the dry and between a few more showers the sun even showed itself.

Tomorrow we have a short day planned albeit (provided the weather clears up) a hill or 2 will feature. It'd be nice to get some wet stuff dry too!

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