TGO Challenge Day 6 – Garva bridge to Newtonmore
Waking up early has no real advantages for team FC so it came as no surprise that we were the last challengers to leave Garva Bridge. We were treated to an amazing morning sight of 20-30 deer romping along the valley. Navigation would be easy today, basically follow the pylons to our destination never straying far from the small road/track.
A fishing lake gave us a perfect opportunity to relax alongside and fellow challenger Humphrey Weightman thought it such a good spot he decided to join us for a chat. Humphrey was a very likeable chap and helped the best he could in trying to fix Peters walking pole in exchange for a roll-up. Saying our farewells to Humphrey we pressed on along the road to the small village of Laggan.
Laggan’s local shop is amazingly well supplied for its size and a perfect spot to pick up provisions. Sitting on benches outside the shop we ate and the sun wasreally belting down, life was good. I spent the rest of the day stopping every 15 minutes to use the binoculars to track a stag that seemed to stay with us for hours.
When we reached the Mains of Glentrium we headed North alongside the A9 which eventually brought us into Newtonmore with our campsite being nicely located over the Spey bridge. £4 a night for camping and a hot showerto gett me ready for the night. We filled our empty stomachs at a very nice truckers cafe, it was now 9pm so we decided to get a drink in each of the local drinking establishments. Luckily when it comes to closing time myself and Paddy are both experts in the art of landlord persuasion and we managed to secure some late night scoops in Cameron McNeish’s local. As we walked home Gill danced like a techno viking which gave the curtain twitches something to look at and me something to laugh at.