Scottish National Trail: New bearing North & birthday drinks with Moira (day 4)

Today: 31km | Total: 116km

Overnight and morning rain made for a late start, but still we busted the 100km mark (1/7th of the way 😕) . We followed the Forth & Clyde canal a little longer than we should, but eventually changed our heading from West to North and left Glasgow behind us. Given that we missed the correct turn, we now walked along a rather busy road. Not great, but heh. 12km into the day we reached the town of Milngavie.

Laura’s comment (day 4): El destino final de nuestro día fue el pueblo de Drymen, lamentablemente para mí llegar a este lugar no fue fácil, porque debí tomar un bus a razón del fuerte dolor en mi rodilla izquierda, pero después de este breve descanso puedo continuar la aventura. 😎

Laura’s knee was in some pain and so we decided to split up here and give her a little rest. We won’t have that option all the time at last. She’d take the bus to Drymen while i would walk. That meant that she sadly missed the start of a really nice trail – the west highland way. Suddenly you find yourself in forests, walk up and down hills (210m ascent) and get to take in some awesome scenery. Very enjoyable.

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On my way I met the first hiker headed our direction. His name is Peter and he is Irish. In his normal life he teaches English to foreigners (many South Americans). He is headed for Fort William along the west highland way. Peter has lived for some time in Chile and recently spent time in Patagonia. Conversations like this let the miles just fly past you.

Once in Drymen, i met Laura at the Drymen Inn for dinner. Not long after Moira and her husband stopped by. Moira is a good friend i met in Nepal last year and saw since in London (5,800m test hike; bye Mo & Zena). It was her birthday on top and a great way to catch up. Loads of gossip and mountain anecdotes 😁🤣.

We finally found a wild camping spot just outside Drymen – right next to mountain rescue as we discovered the next morning.

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Scottish National Trail: Along the Forth & Clyde Canal (day 3)

Today 30km | Total: 85km

We leave the Union canal behind us and now follow the Forth and Clyde canal towards Glasgow. The canal is a little wider, feels more natural (water lilies etc) and makes for an easy, flat walk. Ever so often we pass by locks that manage the water levels and marinas in little towns full with riverboats. We also keep bumping into people for a chat. Many don’t know where Cape Wrath is – those that do, are usually in disbelief or burst into laughter given the distance.

For night 3, we put up camp in a cornfield close to the canal and take a bath with cold canal water. Feels good though. Our choice of food (Nepalse Bhat soup) had some undesired side effects, but was tasty. Before it was bed time we enjoyed a game of cards.

The night was pretty windy and wet. Rain lastet all the way into the morning and so we ‘slept in’.

Laura’s comment (day 3): Hoy fue un dia muy provechoso, el clima nos permitió caminar lo suficiente; encontrar el lugar para el camping no fue fácil, pero finalmente hallamos un lugar seco y fresco para descansar, con una rica sopa preparada por Ronny.