Monday 6am – Balmaha
Drymen to Rowardennan – 14.2 miles.

When I was on STV on Friday I felt rather clever when I answered the question “why, 10 years on, are you walking the West Highland Way again?” with the response “because I can”. A more appropriate answer would have been “because I’m a prick”.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the bloke who wrote the Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond has never been here.

Day one was as tough as expected. It rained as expected, and I swore a lot as expected. My swearing wasn’t confined to the gentleman who wrote the Bonnie Bonnie Banks tripe, people who run the West Highland Way for pleasure got it, whoever thought walking the West Highland Way a second time was a good idea got it (this may have been me) and Stirlingshire Council got it for not maintaning the path to a modern day standard. There are a number of places where a simple escalator could have been installed to keep the flow going and allow walkers to enjoy the “Bonnie Bonnie Banks” .

We finished the day soaked, sore and elated. No real Parkie problems and my feet are good.

Today is 13.8 miles along the Bonnie Banks to The Drovers.

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