First a word of follow up. Why didn't I just finish yesterday? There was only 22 miles from my camp spot in the Fetteresso to the Sea. I could have easily covered that distance. The answer is my scheduled finish is today and my hotel reservations in Montrose don't start until tonight. Without cell service I couldn't see about booking any accommodations paid or free if I had finished yesterday. Besides, why finish your vacation early! Given a choice, I would gladly turn around and start back to the West coast.
The last day always brings with it all kinds of emotions. Even as I write this up, weeks after, I feel it. Yesterday, even given the mileage, I had finished early, because I had started early. With the afternoon to catch up on eating and drinking (I had eaten nothing all day, until I got to my camping spot and I had drank less than a liter of water all day) I ate everything left in my food bag and had about 4 liters of water. I also went to bed early and on this last day woke up ridiculously early. It gets light around 4:30 am. I was up and ready to walk by 5:30 am!
Sometimes you just get rewarded, perhaps it was for my irritation at myself from yesterday or just the karma of appreciating the great crossing this year, but as I got up and ready to go, I was greeted with the perfect day.
|Ester (new friend). Long time friends, Emma, Kevin E, and Louise|
Thanks for coming along on this year's Challenge. It would be impossible to thank all the people that made this year's walk splendid, but just a few more; Charles and Duncan Bain Smith, Jim Davidson, Lyndsay (Feshie Bothy), Gordon Green, Bill & Craig (Loch Callater Lodge), Carl Mynott and Martin Rye, Even though my walk this year was a more solo affair, seeing you briefly or just knowing you were out there, made it special.
Not everything always goes to plan, but that is part of the 'challenge.' Scotland doesn't have any bad scenery, so whether you end up going high or low, rain or shine, you will find both sites and people that delight you.