Walk completed August 28, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 74, Saturday, August 13, 2011 – Kinlochleven to Fort William, 14 miles

Keith, Amanda and Jason
 “Another sheety day,” thought the explorer to himself as he observed the rain falling in sheets outside the breakfast room window of his B&B. Yet with undaunted courage he packed up his gear and ventured into the storm. Surprisingly, the rain soon stopped temporarily, to be replaced by swarming midges looking for their breakfast. But the highly experienced explorer had anticipated the onslaught, and had doused himself with the Skin-so-soft Justine had given him at Byrness.

The trail ascended steeply out of Kinlochleven, and into the fog which hung over the hilltops. Occasionally, the fog on the distant hills made for interesting scenery, but more often it obscured the scenery.  Further ascent brought increasing rain and wind, which chased the midges away. Fortunately, the trail was in good condition – well graveled and able to disperse most of the water flowing across it. That made for good footing and a relatively quick speed.

Hazel and Kate
About 2:30, sunlight actually poked through the clouds, and started dancing on the adjacent hills. But by then, I had nearly reached Fort William, so the photo ops had pretty much passed by, with the exception of meeting Hazel and Kate, two ladies completing the West Highland Way.

Fort William
Fort William marks the end of the West Highland Way, and the start of the Great Glen Way, which follows the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness to Inverness. The pins on the Google map make it appear that I’m farther north than I am. In reality, I’ve covered barely 950 miles, and still have almost 250 miles to go. Two hundred fifty miles is a long way, and I expect it to take me another 16 days to walk that far. Who knows what further adventures await? I hear that if the poor weather holds, I’ll have a good chance to see the Loch Ness monster. I’ll try to get a good picture in the rain.

Ben Nevis hidden by cloud

© 2011 Ken Klug

1 comment:

  1. Rainy or not still gorgeous countryside! Hope the bugs did not snack on you too much since you covered yourself with the skin do soft.