This year I’m going to write a blog post for each day of my TGO Challenge crossing and base the post on one photograph from that day. The photo won’t necessarily be the most stunning scenery but will be something that triggers memories for me.
Day 5 – Wednesday 16th May 2018
After a hearty breakfast thanks to Janet at Ault na Goire I had a late start but had all day to cover my planned 26km. No enforced time pressures today.
My cold was now in full flow and the first few miles were miserable despite great weather. I had a word with myself and bucked my ideas up.
Tramping through the evil bracken between Farraline and Dunmaglass Lodge I exchanged a few words with Liz and Scott. They were heading for Glen Mazeran but didn’t think they’d get there today. I wondered if my plans were too ambitious.
They caught me up again at the new stone hut – with a turf covered roof – up the interminable track along Allt Mor. It was a grim place to camp – and the hut was locked – but they managed to find somewhere while I climbed up past the grouse butts. It was now gone 5pm and I wanted to do another 8km before I camped.
Glen Mazeran was varied. I’d find occasional reasonable pitches then nothing for ages. Every time I walked past something that would have been OK I wondered if I should have stopped there.
At about 7:30pm I took this photo. There were LOADS of places to camp down there. There was no need to accept a scrabbly bit of rough ground next to the track; I was sorted. Despite having felt exhausted an hour earlier I now had the strength to keep going a little further.
Not long after 8pm I had the tent up and the coffee on. It’d been a long day and there’d been times when I wanted to pack it all in but I’d kept going and, to me, that’s a big part of what the TGO Challenge is all about.