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Training Log Archive: PixieJ

In the 7 days ending Aug 3:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Walking3 20:37:00 49.97(24:45) 80.42(15:23) 2002
  Total3 20:37:00 49.97(24:45) 80.42(15:23) 2002

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Saturday Aug 3 #

Walking 6:57:00 [2] 16.57 mi (25:10 / mi) +659m 22:24 / mi

Lochcarron 3rd Aug
Simon headed for the mountains and I struck out west along the road towards North Strome. Lovely sunny day and managed to get some stunning photos of the loch with the Skye Cuillin Hills in the distance. Walked around the headland at Ardaneaskan and up a delightful forest track over the hill to Achintraid and Ardarroch. Had some fab views of the mountains where Simon was walking that day so took some pics for his Strava post. After arriving in Ardarroch their was nothing for it but to walk back along the bust road back to Lochcarron. Oh well, I got some exercise.

Thursday Aug 1 #

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Refer to Thraws log for cycle rides and walk. Enjoyed the cycling, apart from getting a sore bum.

Wednesday Jul 31 #

Walking 6:52:00 [2] 19.8 mi (20:48 / mi) +632m 18:56 / mi

Jura day 2 - 31st August
Set off from the hotel and walked the road to the Feolin Ferry on the other side of the island.
Pretty uninspiring walk. Caught the ferry to Islay.
After a take away coffee from the hotel did a walk up the road and down a track to a Loch Allan. Alan, Alan! Burton Mill Ponds are prettier. Back past the grounds of Dunlossit House to the ferry terminal at Port Askraig and waited for the 3:15 ferry. Back on to Jura and then trudged back along the road. Refused a number of offers for lifts whilst walking the road, people must’ve thought I was mad to be walking somewhere so boring but just wanted to get some exercise. Bonus was seeing some red deer with antlers.

Tuesday Jul 30 #

Walking 6:48:00 [2] 13.6 mi (30:00 / mi) +711m 25:48 / mi

Jura day 1 - 30th August
Set off with Simon to climb Beinn a’ Chaolis but after leaving the track and heading off into the tussocks and boggy hillside. I soon knew there was no way that my ankle was going to cope with the going. I decided that I needed to leave Simon to do his own thing otherwise I would just become a hinderance and, sadly, that set the scene for most of the hill walking days of the holiday. Feeling pretty upset, I bumbled my way back down from Druim Buidh to the track above Kiels and went to have a look at the ancient burial ground. Headed off down to the road and walked north along the shoreline with a rest on a bench to watch the seals basking on the sandbanks. At least the sun was shining and the views were spectacular. I knew which way Simon would be coming down so decided to head off up the track through Jura Forest and follow it to Cnuic Charraich from where I had a good view of Beinn a’ Chaolis. No signs of a man coming down the mountain and I was worried that he may have chosen to exit on another bearing as the scree on the route he’d chosen looked pretty difficult so I decide to head back. After about 20 mins I turned to look at the mountain again, and I saw this tiny figure at the top. Got the binoculars out and, sure enough, there was someone on the summit. Must be Simon, so I headed back towards the mountain again. Saw him coming down the scree and then lost sight of him for ages. At 4:20 I gave up. The clouds were closing in and there was rain in the air. Headed back down to the road and trudged the 2 miles back to the hotel. Got back about 1 hour before Simon.
Walking time is an estimate.

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