For those of you interested in all things lightweight and technical (and here my brother with the hair can be excused, for he will be "running to the kitchen to slam his knob in the fridge door with excitement") you will all want to know, I am sure, that my new lightweight walking Greeks have arrived all the way from the good ol' US of A, from Gossamer Gear.
And, they are quite, quite lovely. The pair weighs in at 214 grams with their ankle bracelets on, so that really is featherweight.
My NeoAir 5' 6" super-dooper mattress is on order with my favourite outdoor gear shop in Cambridge ("Open Air" in Green Street) and so that should be with me in a week or two as well, so what with my new Exos 46 and these two new bits of kit, my this year's Challenge pack will be considerably lighter than last year's.
Probably just as well as Lord Elpus is unable to make the trip this year as he has one or two pressing things to get sorted that just cannot be put off. So it will be a lonely little stravaig across Scotland for me this year. My route is a very northerly one and so I am unlikely to meet a load of other Challengers until Ballater.
I am getting used to lonely and it looks as though that might become a miserable, permanent feature of my life after last night's performance with Lynnie. There is only so much a chap can do to try and fix something if he is getting no help at all from the other party and is then told that there never was any intention to try either.