6th May 2013 – Beattock to St. Mary’s Loch: 21.3 miles, 3,310 feet
“Happy is the man who has acquired the love of walking for its own sake” W.J. Holland – American Zoologist and Paleontologist (1848 – 1932)
I’ve had to abandon the walk today. I tried to walk on the right foot this morning. I managed a mere 4 miles before I knew I wasn’t going to be able to complete the day.
In many respects I’ve been very lucky. Today is a bank holiday and I’ve been able to call my son to come and collect me.
I turned round and headed into Moffat where there’s plenty of shops, pubs and cafés to wait in until help arrives.
Perhaps if this had been the last day of the walk I would have managed to struggle through to finish it, but the fact is I have 5 more days after this one and the way the foot is feeling, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t complete it.
Abandoning things now makes logistical sense, even if I thought I could complete the 22 miles I needed to do today. Which I don’t believe I could.
I’ll do a fuller write up over the next few days, but until then, thanks for following along with me, thanks for all the comments and feedback and really sorry I’m having to draw this to a close prematurely.