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Day 2: Strathcarron to Iron Lodge

May 12th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today is the real start of my journey. I’m ready to head out in the hills. It’s a sunny morning in Scotland (for now) :) More to come!

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Strathcarrron Hotel

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Leaving Strathcarron - the weather is good!

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Looking back at Loch Carron - the west coast

It’s now actually Thursday May 16th (Day 7) as I write.  Quite a lot to catch up on!

This was a pretty good first day of actual walking.  Progress was good, and the weather not bad overall – mostly mixed clouds and some occasional sunshine, with intermittent rain (pretty light), with a bit of sleet a couple of times for interest – typical Scotland!  There were some rather boggy tops to cross.  Navigation went well.  My feet seemed to be holding up well, and the Vibram FiveFingers were comfortable.  Being wet didn’t matter, and that actually seemed to make them feel even more comfortable!  I had no particular problems.  It was a fairly long day, though, and fairly demanding – probably more demanding than I had actually expected, but about what Alan Hardy (my route vetter) had described.

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Along the way

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The path ahead - just a wee bit of snow on the tops

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Uisge Dubh?

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Upstream view of Uisge Dubh (I think)

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Deer - safely watching me from the top of the hill

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Ruins

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Near the River Ling

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Track down to Iron Lodge

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Approaching Iron Lodge

By the time I reached Iron Lodge it was pretty late and it was definitely time to stop.  I camped by myself in the grass nearby, and slept well.

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