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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.


7 responses

  1. Nice write up, are you a member of the Mountain Bothies Association?

    September 13, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    • ukmase

      I’m not a member as I don’t frequent Scotland enough. We got chatting to a MBA member who spent weeks at a time maintaing the bothies around Glen feshie, now that’s a job i could live with

      September 14, 2010 at 6:38 am

  2. Yeah that’s my thing, not enough outside of Scotland. The ones in Wales are pretty well known on the net, and I’ve located a few in the Elan valley. Looking at adventures to come using two wheels and far too many miles for a weekend!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

    • ukmase

      I have been keeping up with your biking adventures on your blog, still active i see. You should of taken the wheels over to chamanoix.

      September 14, 2010 at 10:34 am

  3. Yeah riding lots, legs are going ballistic and lard falling off me! Got some very interesting lunacy planned for next year, so busy fabricating gear and awaiting some hardcore goodies from the US. At least all my lightweight hiking gear has dual purpose :o)
    Chamonix on bike, it’s on the bucket list, all I can say is watch the blog for forthcoming bike powered raids!

    September 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    • ukmase

      Great to see your still active, he who hesitates masterbates !!

      Next year i am hoping to get young Thomas involved a bit more in my adventures. He’s always asking about mountains and he will be 6 next year.

      September 15, 2010 at 10:05 am

  4. leanne taylor

    hope u didnt eat any carbs in the truckers cafe …………lol x

    September 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

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