.............not all those that wander are lost..............

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Failing the 5 day challenge

I was going quite well - the only person to attempt the Moray Way 5 day challenge on the backpacking/wild camping option.

Admittedly the 95 miles in 5 days with a heavy rucksack meant 20 mile days and fairly slow progress. 

Day 1 was Cromdale to Dunphail. It was warm and periodically sunny. My modest 2.5 mph could not keep pace with others on the park & ride option. So I passed the day in the company of the two backmarkers. We enjoyed a cup of coffee in Grantown on Spey courtesy of some sponsorship from Mcleans Highland Bakery.

Overnight I camped just behind the Dunphail Breathing Space. It was hard to find a pitch without waist high plants or stony ground. Eventually I decided on a spot and had a good night albeit with a crowd of midges attracted to my tent by the bright yellow colour. None got through inner mesh though.

Day 2 - Dunphail to Burghead.  Even though I started at 7.30 am the rest of the walkers beat me to the end point. Most of the day I walked on my own. It was warm but there was no sunshine and quite windy on the coastal section.

It was a walk of three distinct parts.
The Dava Way to its end point at Forres, the road/cycle path to Findhorn and then the Moray Coastal Trail on to Burghead. I find sand a difficult walking surface so even though I didn't go on the beach the Coastal Trail is largely sand and stones.

Just before the end in the Roseisle forest my right knee began to be painful. I stopped and took some Ibuprofen and Paracetamol - without much success.

Camping at the now 'exclusively caravans' campsite was not possible. A lift back to base the only option.

This morning the painful knee was still er - painful - so I had to withdraw. 

I had deliberately packed less stuff - particularly warm clothes and food. Plenty of buying opportunities meant no need for those extra  emergency measures. Even so I might have to reconsider some of the rest of my kit.....

1 comment:

Louise said...

What a shame! Twenty miles plus a day is a big ask with pack and the going is quite tough in places. Perhaps it needs to be done over week at ones own pace?
Still, it's not a failure. It's a change of plan!