Day 07 - Rowardennan to Inveranan

Date: 9/13/2016

Location: From: Rowardennan To: Inveranan

Mileage: 14 Mi.

Weather: Rainy and overcast

Temperature: 61°F

Lodging: Beinglas Farm

GPS Location: 56°19’50” N and 4°43’ 0” W

Highlights: Walking the trail from Rowardennan to inversnaid with all the waterfalls and the views of Loch Lomond.

Summary of the Day: 

I got up this morning at 6:00 and got everything ready to go and then met Hawk and Little Pony for breakfast. It was pouring rain and had been since before six. Everybody had rain gear on and took off. The walk was a nice and level for about an hour and a half, but it was pouring rain. Then it started to slack off. At last I was able to come out of the jacket and rain pants. The views toward the Loch were very foggy and not much could be seen, but the water falls coming off the mountain were raging and plentiful. We finally got to Inveranan around noon. I went to the hotel there and Hawk and Little Pony came in about 20 minutes later. We all decided to have lunch before heading back out for another 7 miles. I decided to try the soup of the day, which was cream of lentil soup, but I never saw a lentil in the bowl. In fact this soup was a puree, which looked like split pea soup, but tasted nothing like that either.

After lunch Little Pony decided to take the Ferry boat across the Loch to a hotel that provided bus service to where we were staying tonight. Hawk and I took off on the trail to finish the last seven miles that we had to do to get to Inveranan and Little Pony was going to meet us there. This next section of trail was about the roughest that we had seen since leaving Glasgow. There were about three miles of rock scrambling both up and down. At one point, Hawk took a fall on his knee, the one he recently had new knee replacement on, and I got worried that it was damaged. He told me that it was ok, but later he told me that it was hurting pretty badly. Finally the trail started to level out some and the rock scrambles were gone. We were walking in valleys with mountains on both sides and we had pulled away from the Loch. It wasn’t too long before we could see down in the valley where we were going for the night. After a four-hour walk for just seven miles we arrived at the Beinglas Farm where we had reservations for the night. We looked around to see if Little Pony was here yet, but she was no where to be found. It turned out that it was a longer bus ride than everybody thought. The roads were very narrow and it was just a slow go. She finally came in about a hour after we did.

We cleaned up and went to dinner in the restaurant here. The food was really pretty good.  After dinner they were so tired that they just went to their room and went to bed, which is what I'm about to do as well. Today was a pretty uneventful day as are most rainy days, because all you can do is just put your head down and walk. Tomorrow should be better as of right now it's not supposed to rain, but that's subject to change as well. I will write more tomorrow.

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