I joined the west highland way yesterday along with many other walkers
making a Saturday start to this very popular route. The first 12 miles
were along very easy tracks with just one major hill climb before
reaching the shores of Loch Lomond at Drymen. Having got chatting to a
couple of guys doing the route for charity we have ended up walking
together. Paul and Tommy have IT careers in the army and are
challenging themselves to complete the 100 mile route in the shortest
possible time; I can really see the no nonsense army approach in their
gutsy attitudes but blisters are none the less causing problems.
Yesterday we made camp at 10.30 having clocked up 30 miles.
Unfortunately the Scottish midge descended on us immediately we
stopped and I was a case of getting the tent up and getting in it as
quickly as possible. The weather is beautiful today and so is the
scenery but is making for a much slower pace than yesterday. We will
shortly break from the shade of the bar and the refreshing couple of
shandies to try and put in another ten miles today.