If there were two words to sum up Scottish sport those would be them. Threaten to succeed just enough that people start to believe then, in the dying seconds, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
They are now the words I am using to describe our attempt to walk from Glasgow to Aberdeen via Inverness. We’ve finished up at yet another casualty department. Three strikes and you’re out, and so, after so many miles, it has now become the time to finally throw the towel in.
Heley can now add shin splints to her list of injuries. The doctor looked at us and asked if we were able to listen to what our bodies were telling us. We said no and asked for a translation. She spelt it out for us; we needed to stop. It was that simple, either we stop or we risk chronic problems and turning our recovery time into months.
Essentially, it is now time for us to stop playing silly buggers and to be proud of what we have achieved. Three months ago this crazy plan had not even entered my mind. I’ve previously only camped out for long weekends, Heley hadn’t even been camping in seven years. Despite both of us being quite fit, neither of us are great walkers. Heley even admitted to not particularly liking either camping or walking!
It’s difficult to describe how I feel sat here on a train. Relieved not to have to put myself through any more punishment. Disappointed not to be making it to Aberdeen by foot. I think overall we should be satisfied with what we have achieved.
We think we have walked 230 miles in eleven days of walking. We should hopefully have a GPS log of where we have been, so more detailed and accurate figures will be uploaded along with photos on our return.
Heley and I would like to thank everyone who has shown us support during our journey. Thank you to everyone who left us words of encouragement along the way. We rarely had time to respond, but all the comments were appreciated.
We shall rest up in Aberdeen for a few days. After that if we are able we shall go for a few walks to keep the journey going and to increase our total number of miles. But for now we are done.
It’s been fun but I’m exhausted. In some ways it may have been a failure, but by god it was glorious.