Day 5 - Inverarnan to Tyndrum - 12 miles
Trip Start May 07, 2005
9Trip End May 16, 2005
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Proving she is no better than me in relating to the plebes, she stares out the window with half a pot of pasta in hand and mutters: "Look at him...sitting there with his Carling and his Sun newspaper!" Undeterred, she offers the stuff to a second guy tenting right next to us who also refuses and makes a joke about her cooking abilities - in the same sentence
Robyn: We have met some interesting people along the hike so far. There was Allistair and his dad who first did the West Highland Way six years ago. Allistair looked a bit rough around the edges. Whenever I saw him along the trail, he was either smoking a fag or drinky whisky straight out of a bottle he had on the side of his rucksack. But after talking to him for five minutes I found out that the whisky was his surrogate dentist. One of his wisdom teeth had not so wisely chosen the middle of nowhere to start coming in. Then there was the fellow who nicknamed me Blister Girl. We were sat down having a break today when he came strolling along and sat with us whilst waiting for his friend to catch up. The friend he was waiting for was a little slower than he because he had suffered a heart attack only 4 months earlier. "Jesus," we reacted. "Yeah, but I beat him to it. I had a triple bypass myself only 6 months ago." They were doing the hike, because they were still alive to do it. Today's bit made me think I was somewhere in Kananaskis, Alberta rather than the Scottish Highlands. When we arrived in Tyndrum I hit the town's outdoor shop and spent a fricken fortune on a pair of Superfeet insoles. I didn't care how much they cost. Non-hurting feet would be like gold to me. We stayed in a self-catering trekker hut tonight and bought ingredients to make a pasta dinner. We made so much that I started offering the leftovers to the people slumming it in tents outside. They mistook my charity for pity and all said no. Screw 'em and their cans of beans.