TGOC2009: Day 12 – Tarfside to Edzell
[Trail blog is here]
Today was once again very wet with breaks of sun trying to shine through the torrential rain clouds. We left Tarfside at 8:20 powered by a gallon of tea and a bunch of bacon butties. Rather than following our planned route which would cross a bridge at NO533782, we crossed the river directly from Tarfside at NO492790 using a sketchy footbridge. This turned out to be a very good choice since our planned bridge crossing at NO533782 had a padlock on it!
The rain was brutal today and we were getting pretty cold and soggy by the time we made it into Edzell. Lynn’s blisters were playing up again so she made an executive decision that we’d stay in Edzell rather than pushing on the extra 6km to the campsite at Northwater Bridge. After checking in at the Panmure Arms Hotel, we walked down to the "Tuckin" to find lots of challengers eating huge plates of food. Richard and Andy were just leaving and heading out to camp so we said our goodbyes (they were planning on finishing early and pushing off for home).
Our stay there was bittersweet; we’d been looking forward to socializing with other challengers in camp and we were on our lonesome (with Bill) in the hotel for dinner. Fortune shined on us though when a mini-bus load of challengers (organized by Andy and Richard!) showed up and out pop Andy, Richard, Gordon, John (Manning) and Alistair. An outstanding dinner was had – don’t think we’ve laughed so much in ages.
Distance today was 20km making 244km to date
On to day 13 (the final day!)