TGO Challenge Day 13 – Aboyne to Heatheryhaugh
Waking up to the sight of the River Dee was nice and I enjoyed cooking my breakfast and watching the world go by. My thoughts turned to home and my lovely fiancée and son who I had not seen for close to 2 weeks. The Challenge for me had been in a slow wind down ever since we walked out of Braemar, the coast and completion was the only thing left.
About midday we reached a great pub called The Feughside Inn, a very nice place indeed well suited to walkers and bikers alike. After a few swift ones we were on our way again. POP went Paddy’s Platypus bladder which had been filled with cider, important lesson to be learnt here folks, never fill a bladder with a fizzy liquid.
After quite a bit of road walking on the B974 we turned off toward Heatheryhaugh. The whole trip for Gill had built up to this point. When the route was initially decided Gill insisted we had to try the basket crossing of the river at Heatheryhaugh, this was her moment. As the lads sat smoking on a log, Gill headed off looking for the basket crossing. I remember praying it was still there, WOOF WOOF came back the call somewhere in the distance (I gave her a calling sign of barking like a dog when the basket was found).
The basket crossing itself was a laugh(see here) and we setup camp about 20 metres away and close by the river. We pooled all our food together and finished it off barring a few soups and some chocalate.In the night I heard strange animal noises and rustling but I was too tired to care ZZzzzz.