Muck Spreaded Bivies, 170 miles Done and The West Highland Way to Fort William

Unusually, given Yvette’s predilection for limited updates, we have been able to get a good idea of Yvette’s progress across the Scottish Borders to Glasgow. Helped I expect by good mobile phone connectivity, which we didn’t have across the Pennines and ironically, down here in Shropshire. (Make of that what you will).

Therefore Yvette let us know Yesterday, that she was around Kilsyth and therefore should be in Milngavie – pronounced Mill Guy for you non Gaelic speakers – which marks the beginning of the 93 mile West Highland Way up to Fort William.

Yvette has therefore managed the extrordinary feat of walking nearly 170 miles in just over eight days. She claims to be fit and well, her legs strong and her feet in good nick. Which is amazing for someone who is in need of a hip replacement due to osteoarthritis. Not sure what that says about doctors advice to “take it easy”!

As for the muck spreading. It would seem that during one of her bivies, a farmer decided to do some late night manuring and came close to covering her camp with cow manure. These incidences are the kind of experiences that have more popularly enlivened her journey so far, and goes hand- in-hand with her experience of very nearly being harvested one night back in the Autumn.

This part of the world is unlike her journey across the Pennines since these are the lowlands of Scotland and a well populated part as well. Therefore the problems she has here is finding decent bivy sites amongst the well-groomed lawns of the nice houses and the enormous number of golf clubs, as sleeping in the bunker of the 18th hole is distinctly frowned upon and there is a real possibility of being gently watered in the morning by automatic sprinklers – but I suppose that would constitute Yvette’s first wash in 9 days.

Finally, I am presuming that her feet are in much better nick that the state they were in – which is shown in the featured image on this blog – after nine days walking across the blogs of the northern Pennines last autumn.

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