Today: 7.8 miles miles
Total so far: 1503.0 miles
Percentage Completed: 90.0 %
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After an incredibly good day yesterday, I wake feeling decidedly 'second hand.' I don't know what it is, but I am shivery, have Galloping Montezuma's Revenge and feel utterly exhausted. Perhaps in my zeal of yesterday I over-did it?
I Diocalm myself up and decide on my FWA (foul weather alternative) for the day - Only the second time on my trip, and the weather is absolutely perfect! There is still a long way to go and so I am not risking overdoing it two days in a row, which is a bit of a pity as today's walk looked to be an absolute peach through the magnificent Geology of Assynt.
Two Very Famous Geologists, Peach & Horne, spent a good portion of their lives up her sorting out the incredibly complicated geology of Assynt and geologists the world over now make pilgrimages to Assynt. Quite a few geologists in recent years have revisited their work, but only to modify superficially what these two magnificent chaps achieved.
Anyway, I take the Loch Assynt shore road and divert to pay my respects to the gents at the cairn erected in their honour, at a spot where you can see Canisp and Quinag and the huge area to the west of low rough & tumble Lewissian Gneiss. An awe inspiring spot.
I find a family of stoats living in roadside rabbit burrows and so I snap away as they are guarding the home quite fiercely, chattering at me to send me on my way.
Next stop in my incredibly easy day is to visit Ardvreck Castle - the ruin on the loch-side - that had seen more skirmishes and sieges than the average Millwall supporter. The castle had changed hands a few times, imprisoned a Duke before he was dispatched later down in the city and generaly lead a traumatic time.
Suilven from the north!
Anyway. I make the hotel for a gentle lunch of tuna salad sandwiches, still feeling decidedly wobbly and shivery. I lay down and snooze for the rest of the afternoon. I really need my rest day tomorrow..
Derek and Marian arrive from Kingussie to lift my spirits and a few lagers later and I am feeling somewhere near back to form and its off to Kylesku for a spot of supper.
A landmark day in terms of statistics - 90% of the walk completed. Yikes!