Vicky and I finally had a chance to do a walk together. We have been training for the TGO this year mostly separately as time has permitted. We packed our packs with actual Challenge weights. Vicky will be walking with 13 pounds and mine around 20 depending on total food weight. We went out to Lost Valley, our usual training ground. In this case we did a loop that will be the same distance as our first three days (around 10 miles)
Today the temperature was in the mid thirties and windy. Seemed like fairly good Scottish weather for a practice run.
The trail at Lost Valley looks in some spots like many Range Rover tracks in Scotland so it all seemed like good training today.
Some historic trash around the trail from a bygone day when this area was heavily used during and right after WWII
Vicky moving down the trail with a full pack (above and below)
No leaves yet, but that gives the best views
Rocky trail along the way
Muddy in spots
Down the hill
Stopped for a brief rest in the old abandoned pavilion
Stream along the trail
Beaver pond- almost there
No turkey or deer in the big field this time
It was a good day to get out albeit chilly, but nice to get the feel of a full pack so we can make any changes to our gear before we leave in a few weeks. Hopefully we will be able to get out at least one more time before we go to make sure everything is dialed in