TGO Challenge 2014 – Heading south to scratch an itch

I can always rely on my wife to ask a question for which I don’t have a ready made sensible answer, even though I know that’s all she wants.

The first 4 days of my route.

The first 4 days of my route.

Recently she’s been asking why I appear to be heading south for four days at the start of my TGO route when the east coast of Scotland lies…well, in the east ? Am I just being difficult as usual ?

So for the sake of completeness I’d probably better explain, but bear in mind that she didn’t buy this  reason either. Especially as my pathetic attempt at an answer started with ‘Well it all started 30 years ago…’ Continue reading

TGO Challenge 2014 – Vetters comments back. Our survey says WET !

Well the Vetter’s comments about my suggested route are back, and it looks as though I could have picked a drier route underfoot in Waterworld.

Selected comments from different days include;

  • the open ground can be very wet as you will be crossing a flood plain
  • can after periods of rain be very wet and boggy
  • prone to be very wet and boggy
  • it IS wet and boggy
  • can become flooded………

So let’s get this straight, what I appear to have planned is a 200 mile walk through this !

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TGO Challenge 2014 – my Route Sheets submitted

Well after months of deliberation, routing, re-routing and laptop crashes I just made the deadline for submitting my Route Sheets for the TGO 2014.

As a TGO newbie I think I badly underestimated the number of evenings I thought I’d need to get the pre-planning done. I mean, how hard could it be I thought. I get the train up to some place on the west coast of Scotland, turn to face roughly east and then put one foot after another for about 200 miles until the land runs out and your feet get a briny wash.

Yeah right !   Continue reading