Re: Bit late with the trip report - and it's still not finished! OUTED!
Aha! Outed at last. Well, in a gentlemanly way you didn't quite out me by taking 6 years off my age and subtly changing where I live. (The Old Forge as a local sure beats the Wayfarers in Lochinver.) The kayaks were a giveaway though.
I will now have to write up my side of the story. So far I have only drafted the "10 mistakes I made on this year's Challenge that I ought not to be making at my age", which started as a summary, but threatens to become 20 mistakes, still as the summary. Anyway, the relevant extract follows:
1. When planning the distance you can cover going uphill through bog on days 1 and 2, do not use the distance going downhill on tracks on days 11 and 12 from last year.
2. If you stop short on day 1 and know you have a long day on day 2 and have arranged to meet someone, it is not helpful to start at 11 am.
3. Never, ever arrange to meet a husband unless you have loads of time in hand. Challenge Control will assume you just stopped short, other Challengers the same, but husbands, even normally sensible Challenger husbands, imagine you immersed in the bog with a broken leg dying of hypothermia with the crows picking your eyes out.
And they want the whole population mobilised NOW.
I was horrified when the very charming policemen who picked me up an hour down the road from Struy told me they had woken you up and I apologise again. It's a good thing I wasn't any further back or they would have had a lot of tents to disturb, all of which I had passed thinking longingly that I would love to camp but knew I couldn't.
And, for the avoidance of doubt, the reason I was in a car again the following morning was because I made him get up early to take me back to where the police had picked me up the night before, so I could do it before breakfast.
It was a lovely walk although the day went seriously downhill after breakfast, but that's another story and I will try to get round to writing it up.
I look forward to reading the rest of the report, Carl!