Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Monday, 16 March 2009

Sunday 15 March 2009 - A Long Drive to find some Cloud


0800 - Leave the Snake Inn after fond goodbyes to the TGO Challenge crowd.

0845 - Timperley - unload/reload.

0945 - Chauffeur No 1 provides a lift to Bolton services before returning to dry tent etc, domestic chores, fund raising for future trips etc.

1015 - leave Bolton services with Chauffeur No 2 (Dave) and snow shoes etc.

1400 - Lunch and supplies at Stirling, and a muddle with Tesco's car park (we never did find the entrance).

1700 - Blasting through Inverness, the sunglasses have been employed all day, and the sun blinds us as we turn west.

A message from Julie, in Torridon, announces "Just returned from our wet walk".

Pass an informative sign that appears to announce "High risk of beer on road" - make note to book eye test.

Approaching Achnasheen, cloud cover increases, with mizzle in the air. But don't be dismayed - Dave and Martin, purveyors of good weather, are approaching, to bring respite to the residents of Torridon.

1810 - arrive safely at Annat Lodge, Torridon, to find Julie and Di drying out after their wet walk, with another Dave honing his skills in the darting room.

Enjoy a leisurely evening with fine food after our 430 mile, 8.5 hour drive.

But the snow shoes are greeted with derision - "there's no snow" says Julie "you should have brought a canoe instead".

It appears they had trouble with a river today.

Note: sadly this 500th posting of the 'Postcard' has no image*. So it's a landmark without much celebration. There's simply not a strong enough signal here to transmit images. So please bear with me for the next week or so - images will be added later.

*Yes it has - the daffs outside Annat Lodge now provide a header...

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