On this walk , of course it all about what the day holds for us …. but the amazing scenery lead us to forget you really do need to get a move on …
Here’s what we faced today
……. a good early start with a breakfast of champions 😆
And with the hotel recognising the needs of each athlete – ……..
To be fair Luke did also have a healthy selection in top of this x . We would need it 8 hours later …..
First though – a slow ascent getting gradually steeper of Conic Hill – that peak on the elevation profile above . A sociable affair as you exchange greetings with groups you’ll see again and again throughout the day.
The glimpses of our first Loch after 2 hours walking spur us on as the forecasted rainy weather fails to appear and we are blessed with an unexpected fine day .
And what a first Loch ! The largest fresh water lake in the UK – 27Sq miles – Loch Lomond reveals its gradually until after 3 hours ……
To this spectacular panorama at the top !
So without a care for route planning we spent a good hour and a half , chatting , early packed lunch , horsing about , some fab pics , Luke’s camera work …. like these ….
And we messed this one up twice due to giggling …. but eventually 😆😆😆😆😆
What better place for Lunch 👍👏
Eventually we had to make a move – so behind schedule- but who cared …. we descended to Loch level – and pressed on .
2 hours later we were tempted by views like this – to make a short break into a long one 😆😆. The last of our vast packed lunches ….
To get to our hotel for the night we now need it to cover 4 Miles 90 minutes of hot, sweaty, and undulating terrain . But we got there – overnight in Rowarden .
The clansmen bar – a renowned walkers meeting point is part of this hotel and a fabulous place for like dinner with more stunning views.
Through our detours we had turned a 23k day into this ! ( better planning tomorrow)