I had to pull out of the Challenge on Thursday with a stomach bug, but I really enjoyed myself up to that point, even stormy Sunday.
I'd like to thank those that I met with and walked with along the way.
In particular, the Fowkes family, with whom i walked on the latter part of day one, guiding me through the intricacies of Taynuilt , Lee Wells and Tony Bowe, who were a huge help on Tuesday on my long day to catch up with my schedule and to Stan Appleton and Emma Warbrick, who were good company. I also enjoyed the company of Jane Eggleston, Dave Godfrey and William Burton.
There are many others that I could mention that I met along the way. You've all given me good memories, where there could have been bitter ones over having to pull out.
I'd also like to give a little plug to the Dalwhinnie Bunkhouse and restaurant. Ron and Marilyn (?) were wonderfully hospitable to us all on Wednesday and Thursday. The food is incredibly good value. I hope they make a success of their venture. They deserve to. Dalwhinnie is no longer a black hole, but one where you can be sure of a warm welcome if it is on your itinerary.
Best wishes to all still on the Challenge. I'll apply again, although I may have to wait until 2014.