WHW DAY 2
FROM: Drymen TO: Rowardennan 23km
Total kms walked on this walk: 40km
Accumulative kms walked: 1100
Today it was up up up to the top of Conic Hill and it was worth the effort. Sitting at the top of the hill eating our simple lunch of salami and cheese was so amazing. I looked to the sky and thanked the universe for this perfect situation. Dolly Parton is quoted as saying "'Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.' On trail I think you have to be reminded about this often. As much as we tell ourselves is all about the journey once we are on trail we tend to become destination driven. You start to push out a few extra kilometre everyday, eat lunch as you walk and you start to fixate on the finish line. This isn't about not enjoying the hike or wanting to get it finished, its just a trail craziness that sets in. I think it's about trying to push yourself to the max, but that's only a guess. I don't know why it happens but it inevitable happens to everyone sometime during a long distance hike. Well today over lunch I reminded myself and The Spunky Rooster that we had the rest of our lives to reach the destination so lets sit and savour.
The view from the top of Conic Hill was world class, and gave us a taste of the epic landscapes that we will be experiencing in the next few days. West. Stretching across below us was the world famous Loch Lomond, and the chain of islands that the literally marked the threshold between the lowlands and the highlands of Scotland.
After a very leisurely lunch we made are way down the hill to Balmaha where we rewarded our uphill efforts with cake and coffee. This hike was definitely turning into a cafe crawl. LOL
The second half of today was a meander along Loch Lomond, with the blue sky and warm weather there was plenty to enjoy. The Roosters eyes are a bit sore from watching the birds (not the feathered type)frolic in the water
On trail you met a lot of characters, I suppose it takes a little bit of crazy to walk for days to a destination that would only take a few hours to reach by car. So todays crazy was a full on Scotsman with stories and tales and an amazing hat with pheasant feathers. He suggested that we disregard the official trail tomorrow, and take an alternative route. The official route hugs the shoreline of the Loch and is slippery and difficult. The alternative route goes high above the loch with great views looking down on the loch. I think we have decided to take the high route to get some good photos.
Tonights accommodation is a gorgeous old manor house on the banks of the Loch. It is equivalent to a YMCA hostel and only has single sex dorms so The Rooster and I are in two different rooms.